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Nearly 1:5 COVID-19 deaths in Africa linked to diabetes, says WHO

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that 18.3% of COVID-19 deaths in Africa are among people with diabetes, one of the conditions that global studies have found to increase the risk of severe illness and death among patients infected with the virus. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The WHO analysis of 14 African countries, which provided information ...

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UNICEF, WHO demand emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics

Henrietta Fore

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, November 6, 2020 issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunisation services worldwide, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director The two UN organisations estimate that $655 million ...

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Minister inauguates committee on pollution control

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, on Friday, October 2, 2020 in Abuja, set up an inter-ministerial committee to control pollution in Nigeria, according to an official statement issued by Abdulganiyu Aminu, Director of Press and Public Relation, in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology According to the ...

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World must unite to defeat COVID, prevent future pandemics – UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson

Ahead of the UK’s Foreign Secretary co-hosting a high-level United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) event on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the UN Secretary-General and South Africa on COVAX, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has said that the world must overcome the extraordinary divisions created by coronavirus and unite to defeat the pandemic. Britain’s Prime ...

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WHO describes 1m global coronavirus deaths as ‘very sad milestone’

Margaret Harris

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 described the one million deaths from the coronavirus as “a very sad milestone”, considering that many victims suffered “a terribly difficult and lonely death” and their families were unable to say goodbye. WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a UN briefing in Geneva that the global coronavirus ...

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Partnership to provide 120m affordable COVID-19 rapid tests for poor countries

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

A set of agreements to make available, for low and middle-income countries, affordable, high-quality COVID-19 antigen rapid tests were announced on Monday, September 28, 2020 by the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Organisations involved in the agreement include the ...

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Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease – Report

tobacco smoking

Every year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a brief released on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by the World Health Organisation (WHO), World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on September 29. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health This equates to one in five of all ...

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UN chief seeks $35bn funding for WHO’s COVID-19 vaccine research

António Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday, September 10, 2020 called for a “quantum leap in funding” for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) initiative to speed up the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics. UN chief António Guterres. Photo credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten The project, known as the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT), has received $3 billion ...

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Over three billion people protected from harmful trans fat in their food – WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Two years into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) effort to eliminate industrially produced trans fats from the global food supply, the UN body reports that 58 countries so far have introduced laws that will protect 3.2 billion people from the harmful substance by the end of 2021. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: ...

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WHO roots for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine in Africa

Richard Mihigo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday, September 3, 2020 that donors and industry stakeholders should allocate sufficient resources to ensure African countries had access to safe and efficacious coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. Dr Richard Mihigo, Programme Area Manager of Immunisation and Vaccine Development of WHO Richard Mihigo, Programme Area Manager of Immunisation and Vaccine Development of WHO, disclosed this ...

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