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About 11 per cent of drugs in poor countries are fake: WHO
The World Health Organization says about 11 per cent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like...
World running out of antibiotics, WHO warns
Antibiotics that are currently in clinical development are insufficient to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report said. Most of the drugs...
More than 4bn people worldwide lack safe water, sanitation
Around 4.4 billion people lack safely managed sanitation and around 2.1 billion lack access to safe, readily available water at home, a new report by the WHO and Unicef has revealed. The Joint...
On World Health Day, Let’s Beat Diabetes!
It's 'World Health Day' and the World Health Organisation is gearing up to tackle a disease most commonly known as the 'silent killer' ... Diabetes. The WHO released its First Global Report on...
All You Need To Know About Zika Virus
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan has said that the level of alarm is “extremely high” and added that they are mooting to declare it as a public health emergency. Zika virus has been linked to...
Climate Accord Mobilizes Health Industry
The Paris climate accord has mobilized the health-care sector and will have sweeping impacts on public health. With their landmark accord following talks in Paris, world leaders have hammered out not...
World-first dengue fever vaccine cleared for use in Mexico: Sanofi
The first-ever vaccine against dengue fever , which affects up to 400 million people per year, has been cleared for use in Mexico, French manufacturer Sanofi said. "It's a very important moment in...
From MDGs to SDGs, WHO launches new report
WHO launched a new comprehensive analysis of global health trends since 2000 and an assessment of the challenges for the next 15 years. "Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs" identifies the key drivers...
Healing Through Nature: Protecting India’s Traditional Medicinal Wealth
Sarojini Goyal is only 32 years old. Yet, in her village in Chhattisgarh, she is sought after as a traditional healer, relying on the wealth of the forests and the knowledge that has travelled down...
World's first child-friendly TB medicines in correct doses
WHO joined the TB Alliance and partners to announce the availability of child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines in the correct doses. The improved treatments are the first to meet the dosage...
Effective System for Controlling Swine Flu Menace
The Influenza A H1N1 virus that caused the Influenza Pandemic during 2009-10 continues to circulate in the community causing sporadic outbreaks in various parts of the country. In 2015, the impact of...
Accelerate expansion of antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV: WHO
On World AIDS Day WHO emphasizes that expanding antiretroviral therapy to all people living with HIV is key to ending the AIDS epidemic within a generation. “The Millennium Development Goal of...
World Diabetes Day 2015
To mark World Diabetes Day on 14 November, WHO is calling for greater action to turn the growing tide of the global diabetes epidemic. WHO is also marking World Diabetes Day by announcing that the...
Measles vaccination has saved an estimated 17.1 million lives since 2000
The number of measles-related deaths has decreased 79% from 546 800 at the beginning of the century to 114 900 in 2014. New data released by WHO for the Measles & Rubella Initiative, estimates...
Which is the world’s most polluted city?
Ask anyone to name the most polluted city in the world, and chances are the immediate response will be Beijing. In truth, the Chinese capital is only half as polluted as the city in the top spot –...
Tuberculosis Ranks Alongside HIV as Leading Killer Worldwide: WHO Report
In 2014, tuberculosis (TB) killed 1.5 million people, 400,000 of whom were HIV-positive, the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) said on Wednesday, ranking the disease alongside HIV as a leading killer...
Big B, Ratan Tata join hands for TB- free India
"If this disease can happen to me, it can happen to anyone", says Mr. Bachchan who himself was a victim of TB in the year 2000. The United States Ambassador to India, Richard Varma on Thursday...
Rapid TB tests could reduce mortality: New study
Three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB) could help make treatments more effective and reduce mortality,according to a study conducted in three countries...
WHO Sounds Alarm Over Big Indian Supplier Of Tuberculosis Drugs
A major Indian supplier of tuberculosis drugs to developing countries has been severely criticised by the World Health Organization for inadequate manufacturing standards and poor testing procedures...
Digital India: Focus will be on e-governance and electronic manufacturing, says IT secretary JS Deepak
New IT secretary JS Deepak has said the department's focus will be on delivering key e-government services to citizens and to give a leg up to electronic manufacturing in the country. "Firstly, [the...
India Eliminates Disease, Will Spare Thousands Of Mothers And Newborns
Health advocates in India are celebrating a major milestone that will save thousands of mothers’ and babies’ lives. The World Health Organization declared that India has officially eliminated...
Pollution, Most Polluted City, WHO
Ask anyone to name the most polluted city in the world, and chances are the immediate response will be Beijing. In truth, the Chinese capital is only half as polluted as the city in the top spot –...
Nearly 4,000 MBBS seats got lost in red tape in 2014-15
Red tape consumed nearly 4,000 MBBS seats in the academic session 2014-15 at a time when India is lagging behind the doctor to population ratio by a wide margin. The country has one doctor for every...
What can India do to address pollution in its cities?
China and India are driving Asia’s population and urbanization trends. According to a 2010 McKinsey study, the two countries are expected to account for 62% of the growth in the continent’s urban...
Ebola survivors clinic opens in Monrovia
Surviving Ebola is only part of the story. Many patients experience "post-Ebola" symptoms - joint pain, dizziness, blurred vision, inability to concentrate, headaches. The Ebola Survivors Clinic,...
Strengthen efforts to eliminate malaria by 2030: WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday urged south-east Asian nations to strengthen efforts to eliminate malaria across the region by 2030. "Our efforts so far focused on the most deadly P...
Ten facts about drinking water in India that may make you sick
If you are reading this article, chances are you live in an urban household with pipes that provide a continuous flow of drinking water. However, people living in large parts of rural or semi-urban...
India not doing enough to tackle spread of Hepatitis B: WHO report
Hepatitis B poses a huge threat to Indians. Approximately four crore to six crore people in India are carriers of the Hepatitis B virus. This is according to an estimate by the World Health...
Can you bear cost of cancer?
The surging incidence of the disease and rising treatment costs make it imperative to secure one's finances. Find out how to buy the best cover. There are few things more alarming than battling...
Every third person in world overweight: Study
London - More than a third of the world’s population - 37 percent of men and 38 percent of women - is overweight, says a study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation (WHO)...
A man with HIV asked strangers for some human contact. Their sweet reactions brought him to tears.
He went searching for the touch of a human. He found so much more. This man stood on the streets of Helsinki and asked people to touch him. But wait, it's not nearly as creepy as it sounds. He's part...
WHO wants to integrate yoga with universal health care
Yoga's relevance to preserving the environment and combating climate change, Menabde said, is in helping to reflect on what is important and realise the minimalist needs. The World Health...
New WHO and World Bank Group report monitoring universal health coverage
A World Health Organization and World Bank Group report launched on 12 June shows that 400 million people do not have access to essential health services and 6% of people in low- and middle-income...
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