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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian is New Who Director-General

The WHO has Tuesday elected elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, as its new Director-General. He will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007. Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012-2016 and as Minister

Unprecedented New Organizational Reforms for WHO in the African Region Announced

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa announced Monday four new flagship programs for the region over the next two years, including a major push on adolescent health and the creation of regional emergency hubs. She also announced that WHO country offices in the African region will be held accountable to a mandatory

Plea to end world’s biggest killers, schistosomiasis as G20 Health Ministers meet in Berlin

Health organizations from across the world come together to demand action on global health issues, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as schistosomiasis during the B20 Health Conference which takes place ahead of the G20 Health Ministers meeting at the Humboldthafen in Berlin, Germany. Schistosomiasis is the biggest killer millions have probably never heard of,

WHO, partners call for action to improve adolescent health

Africa is shouldering the lion’s share of the number of young people who die every day from preventable causes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2015, more than two thirds—some 855 000 10 to 19-year-olds—died in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South East Asia. In a new report released Tuesday, WHO

World-first discovery of protein that causes liver disease brings hope for new treatments

The international team, led by Professor Jacob George and Doctor Mohammed Eslam at the Westmead Institute, has unequivocally shown that variations in the interferon lambda 3 (INLF3) protein are responsible for tissue damage in the liver. The research team had previously identified that the common genetic variations associated with liver fibrosis were located on chromosome

Philips Partnership with Kenya and the UN will Advance Healthcare Agenda

Royal Philips announced last week its full support for a new Government of Kenya and United Nations (UN) initiative aimed at strengthening primary and community healthcare in Africa. The leading health technology company is coming on board as the first private sector partner to establish an SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Partnership Platform in Kenya for

New Alliance against Mosquito-borne diseases set to be launched, will save 2.7 M lives annually

A new alliance of citizen-science organizations and UN Environment will be launched, Monday, in an effort to escalate the global fight against mosquito-borne diseases, responsible for killing close to 2.7 million people annually. Overall mosquito borne cases are estimated at 500 million every year, according to figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO). The

WHO pushes for Malaria prevention on World Malaria Day, 25th April

Herman Opondo At an event on the eve of World Malaria Day in Nairobi, WHO called on Monday for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. WHO data show that in sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated

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