World Health Organisation

Every Half An Hour, Another Child Is Diagnosed With Leprosy

Tanya Wood | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Tanya Wood

That same year, 210 758 new cases of leprosy were reported from 106 countries. This means nine out of every hundred people newly diagnosed are children under 16 years old. Experts have identified 22 priority countries worldwide where 96% of all new leprosy patients are reported; the majority (81%) of these are in India, Indonesia and Brazil.

Hooray for the New Health Emergencies Programme! Shame About the WHO's Legitimacy Problem

Sophie Harman | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK
Sophie Harman

A lack of belief in the legitimacy of the WHO is a big problem for the success of the Health Emergencies Programme and the future of the institution. Unless member states such as the UK believe that the WHO has the legitimacy and ability to act in response to health emergencies, funding for ambitious life-saving programmes will not be forthcoming and the WHO will remain an institution of must-dos without action.

Processed Meat: Bad for Us, Bad for the Planet

Philip Lymbery | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK
Philip Lymbery

On Monday, (26th October) the UN's public health arm - World Health Organisation (WHO), classified processed meats, such as ham and sausages, as carci...

My Experience as an Ebola Responder

One Young World | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
One Young World

This piece is by Dr. Freeman Osonuga. Freeman is a One Young World Ambassador from Nigeria. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Heal The World...

This Inflatable Incubator Could Save Hundreds Of Lives

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Tech

A revolutionary new inflatable incubator has won the prestigious James Dyson Award thanks to its unique design and significantly lower cost. Create...

Louise Ridley

6 Myths About Suicide | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

One person dies every 40 seconds somewhere in the world as a result of suicide, a recent report has shown. Suicide is "major public health problem...

World's Heaviest Drinking Countries Revealed: The UK's Spot May Surprise You (INFOGRAPHIC)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK

The world’s heaviest drinking countries have been revealed – and it might surprise you to know where Britain sits in the league. The figures, ...

Superbugs: The Hidden Menace of Antibiotics Fed to Farm Animals

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

I am not suggesting that we do not treat sick animals. However, dosing an entire flock of factory farmed chickens or a herd of dairy cattle with antibiotics as a preventative measure is a major contributor to some resistant infections in humans.

Horrific Image Of Fatal Road Accident Released To Shock Chinese Into Following Traffic Laws (GRAPHIC PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK

Chinese authorities have released this horrific image of a fatal road accident in an attempt to shock people into observing traffic laws. The imag...

Iraq: Politics and Science in Post-Conflict Health Research

Neel Mani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Neel Mani

During my time as the director of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) programme in Iraq between 2001 and 2003, the WHO, together with other agencies...

Taking the Fight Against Dementia Worldwide

Jeremy Hunt | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Hunt

It is no secret that dementia is one of the most pressing challenges the UK is facing. Currently there are 670,000 people diagnosed with the condition in this country alone, and this number is set to double over the next 30 years. However dementia is far from a uniquely British problem - it is a world-wide challenge. Similar problems and pressures being played out across the world for families, patients and governments as they work hard to respond to the sometimes significant demands of this growing condition.

The Hepatitis Time Bomb, Fuelled by the War on Drugs

Ann Fordham | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Ann Fordham

The World Health Organization (WHO) has referred to hepatitis as a "viral time bomb" that poses a major public health, economic and social threat. The virus is highly infectious and easily transmitted through blood-to-blood contact - presenting disproportionate risks for people who inject drugs. A cure exists but is prohibitively expensive in most countries.

Movember and Me: the Global Fight Against Cancer

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Britnell

As I prepare to shave off my Movember moustache, I'm reflecting on the reason why I decided to take part and the importance of fighting cancer globally. Four years ago, in November, I had a cancer operation to take my prostate out.

UK Aid is Helping to End Polio in Pakistan

Suniya Qureshi | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Politics
Suniya Qureshi

We're in the final round of an epic fight. Now is not the time to flinch - now is the time where together we make history.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Green Futures | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK
Green Futures

Take a trip to Galloway Forest Park, 40 miles west of Dumfries, and like many tourists you'll discover 300 square miles of stunning Scottish woodland. Pay a visit at night and you'll find you're not alone. A growing number of these tourists flock to the area not for the stunning landscape, but rather for the very fact that none of the surroundings are visible.

Maternal Health is an Issue for All

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 21.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Causes of maternal mortality include unsafe abortions, obstructed labour, high blood pressure, severe bleeding after childbirth, and post-natal infections. Poor maternal health is also influenced by malnutrition from low iron levels and iodine deficiency.

Michael Rundle

REVIEW: Could This Radiation-Blocking iPhone Case Save Your Life? | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Tech

For many people, the most frightening thing your phone can do is fall out of your hand, smash and present you with a £300 bill to replace it. For ...

Brits Among The Laziest In The World

PA | Posted 24.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Britain has one of the most sedentary populations on earth, with almost twice the proportion of people defined as "inactive" as in neighbouring France...

US Man Contracts Plague After Pulling Mouse From Cat's Jaws

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 15.06.2012 | UK

A US man has contracted the plague more than 600 years since the Black Death swept through Europe, killing a third of the population, it has been conf...

Last Effective Treatment For Gonorrhoea 'Fails'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Urgent action must be taken to prevent millions of people across the world running out of treatment options for gonorrhoea, warns the World Health Or...

The Free Health Care Initiative is Making a Difference in Sierra Leone

Ernest Bai Koroma | Posted 03.07.2012 | UK
Ernest Bai Koroma

Just two years ago, our country had one of the worst maternal and infant death rates in the world. We knew something had to be done.

It's Vital the Global Community Gets Behind World Immunisation Week

Dan Thomas | Posted 25.06.2012 | UK
Dan Thomas

The GAVI Alliance and our partners UNICEF and WHO are working with Ghana's Ministry of Health to plan a massive celebration in Accra on April 26, during World Immunization Week, at which the first children will be vaccinated.

Malaria Is Killing Twice As Much As Previously Thought

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Malaria is killing almost twice as many people around the world than was previously thought, recent research has discovered. According to scientist...

Radio Waves Goodbye to HIV?

Carolyn Miller | Posted 18.01.2012 | UK
Carolyn Miller

This week millions across Britain will tune in to the Archers and enjoy the BBC's tales of milk prices and the Christmas pantomime. In South Sudan, first hand stories of living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to hit the airwaves.

Bird Flu Could Make Come Back, UN Warns

Posted 29.10.2011 | UK

Bird flu could be making a possible resurgence following the discovery of a new strain of the virus that has evaded existing vaccination regimes, the ...