World Health Organization

WHO Is Wasting Vital Ebola Crisis Cash on Ineffective Smartphone Applications

Sophia Salenius | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Put bluntly, WHO is wasting vital funds from the Ebola crisis kitty on a piece of kit that will not work in West Africa and costs too much to operate.

Rebuilding Gaza's Health System

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Wendy Bruere

The twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed at Al Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza - by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the recent conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.

Accessing Cancer Treatment in Post-Conflict Gaza

Wendy Bruere | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Nisreen and her 13-year-old twin sons evacuated their house in Abasan, Gaza, during the recent 50-day conflict with Israel - and returned to rubble. "We found our house had been bombed and bulldozed. We couldn't even see where it used to be. My sons were so shocked, so sad," says Nisreen. "We lost everything."

Ebola Has Infected More Than 10,000 People

The Huffington Post UK/PA/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

The Ebola epidemic has infected 10,000 people, according to figures from the World Health Organisation, and the outbreak is showing no signs of stoppi...

Ebola Outranks Everything Else

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

Public health emergencies often occur in the place least likely to be able to manage them, and western Africa was poorly prepared for the latest outbreak of Ebola. However, as much as an overwhelmed world might fervently hope that it will remain an African problem, its impact will be felt far beyond the borders of Liberia and its neighbours. Ebola outranks everything else on a crowded global agenda today, and the quicker we acknowledge this, the more effectively it can be contained.

Louise Ridley

One Death Every 40 Seconds From Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK

One person kills themselves every 40 seconds, according to the first global report on suicide prevention. Suicide kills more people than conflicts ...

You Probably Won't Be Able To Use E-Cigarettes Inside For Much Longer...

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Electronic cigarettes should be banned from indoor spaces and face curbs on their sale over health fears, the World Health Organisation has said. D...

Ebola: The Best Way to Predict Ebola Outbreak's Future Is to Invent It

Unni Krishnan | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide.The deadly disease has killed over 960 peo...

Stressed Parents: Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

Rachel Kelly | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

I have been forced by mental ill-health to impose limits on the way I live. I've replaced life in an office with freelance writing and voluntary work in prisons and hospitals supporting those with poor mental health: I am entirely the beneficiary, given the well known benefits of trying to help others.

When 'Lady With the Lamp' Doesn't Even Begin to Cover It: Celebrating International Nurses' Day

Sarah Kessler | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

"Glasgow nurses," The Times columnist Melanie Reid recalls being told, "have hearts like swinging bricks." A hard substitute for a heartbeat - but in ...

Sugar, Not Fat, Is the Enemy

Nicholas Polo | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nicholas Polo

In the last ten years governments around the globe launched huge campaigns against the tobacco industry and rightly so. Holding a cigarette in the United States became such a taboo; you might as well be holding a gun instead! Sugar has become the new tobacco killer and governments have done very little, if anything at all, to tackle this problem. Why?

A No-brainer for Unlocking Science

Alice Bonasio | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

It's no secret that better collaboration between scientists can lead to new insights and faster discoveries, and the world's richest countries are now using this idea globally to push for a dementia cure.

V Is for Victorious Vegetables

Sian Breslin | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

The Flexi Veggie regime involves eating meat or fish four or five days a week and then having 2 or 3 days of vegetarian or meatless meals. As proteins can be sourced from both animal and plants this makes it possible to obtain enough proteins from plants like legumes, nuts and seeds. And do you know what, it's really tasty!

Who Can Help Us Eat More Healthily?

Sian Breslin | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

Almost two thirds of UK adults are obese or overweight, so says a new survey by Public Health England (PHE). PHE, whose mission is to protect and improve the nation's health and to address inequalities, points out that there are 19 district local authorities with more than 70% of population obese or overweight.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

Tackling Obesity and Hidden Hunger: How Industry Can Step Up

Manfred Eggersdorfer | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Manfred Eggersdorfer

A new report from UK think tank the Overseas Development Institute shows that globally, one in three adults was overweight or obese in 2008, an increase of 23% since 1980. In the developing world, the number of overweight or obese adults more than tripled from 250million to 904million.

Imagine if Apple Stopped the iPhone

James Whiting | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
James Whiting

2013 has been a year of tremendous progress for the malaria campaign globally and locally. We are delighted with the UK cross party support for the malaria campaign. Parliamentarians can see the value of sustaining its prosecution, and the public appear to share our conviction that it is unacceptable in the twenty first century for children to die for want of treatment costing less than £1...

When It Comes To Global Health You Need Human Resources To Save Human Lives

Bidisha | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Bidisha

The World Health Organisation is making a strong move to tackle a common and vital theme in all its global health initiatives, an issue which, if ill-managed, would jeopardise even the best intentioned and best planned projects: human resources for health. The effective recruitment, education, support, deployment and distribution of human resources is a key factor in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

The Battle to Eradicate Polio Is Not Won Yet - Let's Keep Fighting

James Shannon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
James Shannon

For many of us, the threat of contracting polio belongs in the past. We think of black and white photographs showing patients in wheelchairs or lying in an 'iron lung' to help them breathe. But for people in polio's last strongholds, the disease remains as real a threat today as it was 50 years ago.

Only Smoothies Have the Answer?

Sian Breslin | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

Smoothies! You know those drinks - the ones we encouraged in copious amounts because they are better for us than fizzies (too much sugar) and certainly more fun than plain tap water. And don't they generate sought after health and wellness in just a few sips? That's what I heard anyway.

We Need to Talk About Domestic Violence

Sidonie Chaffer-Melly | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sidonie Chaffer-Melly

The World Health Organisation (WHO)'s findings that more than a third of women worldwide will suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetime is shocking. The fact that it is more likely to happen at the hands of a male partner is, regrettably, less so.

New Virus Is 'A Threat To The Entire World'

PA | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

The new Sars-like respiratory illness which has killed more than half of the people who have been infected with it is a "threat to the entire world", ...

Meeting of the Minds to Roll Back Malaria

Roz Hobley | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK
Roz Hobley

The backdrop to this challenge is that historic and remarkable progress has been made in the last 10 years to fight malaria. A dramatic surge in international funding and willpower to combat the disease has reaped major rewards for humanity.

The Truth About Global Health

Martin Drewry | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK
Martin Drewry

Human beings are amazing, they really are. We have created antiretroviral drugs, we have devised methods to prevent malaria and we have invented a treatment for tuberculosis. The technology we have created is incredible...

World Health Day Highlighted That We All Have Something to Teach and Something to Learn

Dr Mark Britnell | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK
Dr Mark Britnell

Recognizing that we all have something to teach and something to learn - in line with the spirit of World Health Day - will be crucial for success in the changing dynamics of the new healthcare paradigm.