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 ->
Strengthening Africa’s medicines regulatory framework is key to achieving the “bold goal” of having 60% of the continent’s vaccines produced locally by 2040, said Margareth Ndomondo-Sigonda, head of health at the African Union’s development agency, AUDA-NEPAD. But only 7% of African country’s national medicines regulatory agencies (NMRA) have “moderately developed capacity”, and more than 90% […] Continue reading ->
Climate change increased temperatures for nearly every human being on the planet between June-August, 2023   On the eve of the G20 summit in Delhi, a group of independent climate scientists has reported that human-induced climate change increased temperatures for nearly every human being in the world for at least one day between June and […] Continue reading ->
The World Health Organization (WHO) has dismissed Dr Maurizio Barbeschi, former head of its Health Security Unit, for sexual misconduct after a three-year investigation that started in January 2020, according to The Telegraph. Barbeschi had been on administrative leave since late 2021 as the global body investigated complaints against him, including that he removed his […] Continue reading ->
There are “concerning trends for COVID-19 ahead of the winter season in the northern hemisphere”, including increased ICU admissions and hospitalisation in Europe, and case increases in the Middle East and Asia, according to World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. However, the WHO’s ability to assess the threat of new COVID-19 variants […] Continue reading ->
Almost 50 organisations have written to the head of the upcoming United Nations climate change meeting, Conference of the Parties (COP) 28, calling for substantive progress against air pollution, which they describe as “the nexus of climate and health”. With 100 days to go until COP28 in the United Arab Emirates, the groups organised by […] Continue reading ->