Ninety percent of 131 countries exceeded the World Health Organization’s (WHO) air pollution guidelines for fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) in 2022, according to a new report that combines data from official monitoring stations and “citizens science” monitors around the world. . The report was the fifth such World Air Quality Report to be released […] Continue reading ->
The US and Australia lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions on Chinese travellers last Friday and Saturday respectively, effectively acknowledging that the world’s biggest pandemic outbreak is over. Until the weekend, Chinese citizens had to present a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery to enter either country. In late January, the Chinese government reported that 80% […] Continue reading ->
Millions of African girls are married before they turn 18, while others suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) and a multitude of preventable conditions, the closing plenary of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) heard on Wednesday. The plenary promised “bold and honest conversations” about the “backsliding on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)” […] Continue reading ->
The African Union (AU) is making good progress in operationalising the African Medicines Agency (AMA), having recently formed its Bureau and currently shaping its governing board. This is according to Chimwemwe Chamdimba, Head of Health at the AU Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), who addressed a session of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC) in Rwanda […] Continue reading ->
Spinal cord injuries, brain damage, burns, limb amputations and complex limb trauma are some of the new rehabilitation challenges caused by the war in Ukraine, Dr Volodymyr Golyk, a World Health Organization (WHO) officer dealing with disability and rehabilitation in Ukraine, told a WHO Europe media briefing on Tuesday. Prior to the war, Ukrainians already […] Continue reading ->
Although the drafting of the proposed global pandemic accord will happen behind closed doors, civil society organisations want a say as they’re often on the ground dealing with health emergencies. This emerged during the second day of the meeting of the World Organization’s (WHO) intergovernmental negotiating board (INB), which is just starting to discuss the […] Continue reading ->
Concerns about equity and financing dominated day one of the negotiations on a global pandemic accord’s zero draft at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Geneva head office on Monday. Opening the fourth meeting of the intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) that is steering the process, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyusus noted that various people had […] Continue reading ->