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Mon, 11/04/2019 - 20:30
HIV/AIDS: WHO online Q&As about HIV/AIDS

What is hepatitis?

Sun, 09/01/2019 - 05:30
Online Q&A on hepatitis: What is hepatitis?

Questions and answers about autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

Mon, 04/01/2019 - 20:15
Autism spectrum disorders are a group of complex brain development disorders. This umbrella term covers conditions such as autism, childhood disintegrative disorder and Asperger syndrome.

Q&A on the investigational vaccine candidate M72/AS01E

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 22:25
M72/AS01E is a subunit vaccine comprised of an immunogenic fusion protein (M72) derived from two Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) antigens (MTB32A and MTB39A), and the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) proprietary adjuvant AS01E. AS01E is the same adjuvant used in Shingrix GSK vaccine, as well as in the new malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01E.

The M72/AS01E vaccine candidate is being developed by the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, in partnership with AERAS. AERAS is a not for profit organization based in the US, aimed at supporting tuberculosis vaccine research, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and other organizations.

Q&A with Dr Ann Moen: How influenza preparedness helps fight other infectious diseases

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:30
Capacity building for influenza is critical because if you can prepare for and respond to flu outbreaks or respiratory events, you learn and practice for responses to other emerging diseases.

Flu is not a sporadic outbreak like Ebola or Zika. It is always there, so there is always something to practice with and keep skills sharp. Because flu is a continual threat there is a lot of learning that goes on which also supports work on other emerging diseases. It’s like the basic architecture for capacity building in all areas. For example, you can practice your communications for responding to outbreaks and better understand the behavioral aspects of vaccine hesitancy. You can build your laboratory capacity and surveillance and response capacity and use it for other things infectious threats such as MERS or SARS or other respiratory threats. Influenza can also help you learn how to implement a vaccine programme and introduce new drugs.

Committing to End TB in Children, Adolescents and Families

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:31
On the eve of the 73rd UN General Assembly, UNICEF, WHO and the Stop TB Partnership hosted a side-event to show commitment and accelerate action towards ending TB in children, adolescents and families. Co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, the Danish Ministry of Health, the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations, TB Alliance, Louder Than TB, Treatment Action Group, Unitaid, the Global Fund, USAID, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, JHPIEGO, The Union, KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and Every Woman Every Child, the event aimed to show commitment and accelerate action towards ending TB in children, adolescents and families. Leaders and people affected by TB discussed the importance of targeted commitments for children and adolescents. During the event the new Roadmap towards ending TB in children and adolescents was launched.

The event was opened by Stefan Peterson (Chief of Health Section, UNICEF Head Quarters), Tereza Kasaeva (Director Global TB Programme, WHO) and Lucica Ditiu (Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership). They highlighted the current global epidemiology of TB in children and adolescents, progress made since the publication of the first childhood TB Roadmap and the remaining gaps around case detection, prevention and integration of services aimed at children and adolescents.

Viet Nam on track to End TB

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:31
Viet Nam Health Minister Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến joined Head of States, Ministers and other leaders at the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB on 26th September at the 2018 General Assembly in New York. She delivered a powerful statement of commitment to action during the plenary, and at a media briefing on the High Level Meeting.

“Viet Nam warmly congratulates the United Nations for holding a successful High Level Meeting on ending TB,” said Madame Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến, Health Minister of Viet Nam while speaking to journalists at the UN. “This event has great significance, while ambitious with its Declaration, it leads the way for a very humanitarian fight because it can save millions of lives and bring happiness for millions of families worldwide every year. Viet Nam will do its best to achieve reductions in mortality and morbidity, by introducing new tools, new drugs, new approaches with high political commitment and by strengthening the health system, especially at the grassroots level, through universal health coverage. We will also work towards mobilizing all the social resources needed for the fight against TB.”

Gaming disorder

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 15:30
What is gaming disorder?

Gaming disorder is defined in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.

Vaccination: three women in Nicaragua take a different journey towards a common goal

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 14:30
April 2018

Karla Bethania Ortiz, 26, from Comarca Bosque de Xiloá, Nicaragua, never understood why she was not vaccinated as a child. Unlike her friends, she did not have a vaccination card.

Unveiling vaccine hesitancy in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:30
Immunization rates in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina are as low as 40% in some areas and continuing to decline, increasing the risk of large disease outbreaks. But, no one knows precisely why.

Growing vaccine hesitancy, misinformation in social media, lack of trust in the health system, a shortage of health workers and supply issues are all suspected reasons for low coverage rates. However, these are mostly assumptions with little evidence.

10 facts on palliative care

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 20:50
August 2017

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.

Pakistan tackles high rates of hepatitis from many angles

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 22:30
Pakistan tackles high rates of hepatitis from many angles

What is antimicrobial resistance?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 21:30
Online Q&A on alcohol

Does stopping a course of antibiotics early lead to antibiotic resistance?

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 21:15
There has been a lot of research into how long antibiotic courses should be, to determine the shortest possible length of course needed to completely kill all bacteria.

The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 18:58
Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390 000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1800 deaths since 27 April. WHO and its partners are responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease.

Discovering who misses out on health: the example of Indonesia

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 06:10
Monitoring health inequality is essential to ensure no one is being left behind

Q&A: Sustainable Development Goals Health Price Tag

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:30
Sustainable Development Goals Health Price Tag

Dr Tedros at the G20 Summit

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 23:10
WHO delegation at the G20 Summit, 7–8 July 2017, Hamburg, Germany.

Islamic Republic of Iran on a fast-track to beating noncommunicable diseases

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:50
June 2017

Since the 1960s, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s urban population has tripled and life expectancies have risen. This, however, has increased people’s exposure to tobacco, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity – among the main risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes.

Q&A: Ethics in public health surveillance

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 15:10
WHO: Online questions and answers on ethics and public health surveillance