Dr  Hanan Balkhy has been elected as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), becoming the first woman ever to have been chosen for the challenging position in the world’s most conflict-ridden region. A Saudi national, Balkhy will assume the position on 1 February 2024 for a period of […] Continue reading ->
Colombia’s Minister of Health has asked the country’s patent office to issue a compulsory licence for an antiretroviral drug, dolutegravir, which is still protected by a patent issued to ViiV Healthcare. Minister of Health and Social Protection Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo issued a Declaration of Public Interest on Wednesday indicating that he was taking this step […] Continue reading ->
WHO has stepped up its counteroffensive against tobacco companies that market cigarettes and other tobacco products to teens – with the release of a new set of guidance for school-based anti-smoking policies.  The guidance, “Freedom from Tobacco and Nicotine: Guide for Schools,” and “Nicotine- and Tobacco-free School Implementation Toolkit”, aims to support school policies banning […] Continue reading ->