World Health Organization

Fake Transparency: The Trend Towards 'Secure Reading Rooms'

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

This is why as we marked the occasion of Right to Know Day, I joined the protest outside this latest reading room in Brussels. It is totally inappropriate for private companies to control transparency in this way and to put their profits ahead of our right to information. We need to put the "freedom" back into "freedom of information." so that we know how our health and environment might be impacted. As policy makers we have a right to verify or challenge findings and to work for the public good.

When Citizens In The 'Nanny State Capital Of The World' Question The World Health Organisation, You Have To Sit Up And Listen

David Williams | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Politics
David Williams

Recently, Australia had the dubious honour of being labelled the 'nanny state capital of the world.' While places around the world are dealing with ...

Globally United To #EndItForGood

James Whiting | Posted 20.09.2016 | UK
James Whiting

At Malaria No More UK, we know the importance of sustaining this momentum. We will continue to inspire the public, protect those most at risk and build partnerships with people and organisations who share our vision of a malaria-free world. And to borrow a hashtag from the Global Fund's inspiring replenishment campaign, this time lets stay united to #EndItForGood.

A Fight To The Finish On World Mosquito Day

James Whiting | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK
James Whiting

As the Rio Olympics draw to a close, tomorrow's World Mosquito Day provides a timely reminder of the deadly threat posed to humans by mosquitoes. From...

The World Health Organisation Is In Crisis - And At A Crossroads

David Williams | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
David Williams

The specific accusations made against WHO are too numerous to list here, and I will outline only three. Firstly, there is proof of serious malpractice. WHO seems to have developed a collective allergy to innovative health solutions.

How Businesses Can Help Reduce the Health Risk of Unhealthy Environments

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found that approximately 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 - nearly one in four of total global deaths. Environmental risk factors such as air pollution, water contamination and wider climate change issues have led to more than 100 different types of avoidable diseases and health complications.

Agile Ageing - Tap into the Fountain of Youth and Transform Your Life

Ian Spero | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ian Spero

This trend can also be found in the Quantified Self movement. Ironically, the appeal of self-knowledge through self-tracking was originally lost on me. Yet here I am in 2016 enjoying a small thrill whenever my Apple watch says I've achieved my daily movement goal.

Leprosy Is Still Being Transmitted to Children and Children Are Suffering From Lifelong Disabilities Caused by Leprosy

Katharine Jones | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Katharine Jones

With the commitment of national leprosy programmes, together with support from partner agencies and active involvement of people affected by leprosy, the goal of a world without leprosy could finally be achieved.

Five Things We've Learned About Meat This Year

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.11.2015 | UK

This week the world was shocked to discover that meat can be as big a cancer threat as cigarettes. A study from the World Health Organisation showe...

Infection Prevention: A Contagious Issue

Rose Gallagher | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK
Rose Gallagher

You are probably unaware that last week was International Infection Prevention Week. Unlike Bonfire Night or Christmas - this is generally not one for...

The Internet Is Freaking Out About 'Cancer-Causing' Bacon

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK

The announcement that processed meat including bacon and sausages are as likely to cause cancer as cigarettes has prompted people to chew the fat onli...

It's Old Age, Jim, but Not as We Know It...

Jeroen Tas | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Tech
Jeroen Tas

This year in fact, out of a global population of 7 billion, there are 900 million people over the age of 60. This figure is expected to rise to 2.4 billion by 2050, meaning that we will soon be living in a world with more old people than children, with many at a more advanced age than ever before.

Malaria - A Prototype for the Global Goals?

James Whiting | Posted 24.09.2016 | UK
James Whiting

This weekend it's out with the old and in with the new as we welcome a new era for international development, including a target to eradicate malaria once and for all... The battle against malaria is well under way, but we have to go the distance to win the war.

Healing Waters From Hebron to Gaza

Kate Rothschild | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Kate Rothschild

I leave the region with all the usual feelings, heavy feelings, the same ones people much brighter and more eloquent than me have described through the years. I just have one small, unfurling seed of optimism; knowing that if water could be disentangled from the war, it presents a genuine opportunity for co-operation and relationship building between neighbours. In all the gloom there is a glimmer of hope and it's right there, in the water.

'Dream Come True': Malaria Vaccine Approved After 30 Years Of Trials

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A vaccine which could help protect against malaria, has been given the green light after 30 years of trials. The Mosquirix (RTS,S) vaccination, wh...

Defending the Right to Health

Olivia Murphy | Posted 12.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Murphy

Talented health professionals from across the world are our greatest hope for realising the universal right to health in an increasingly challenging world. For this to happen, equitable access to global health training is essential. For if WHO is to be a truly global guardian of health, its workforce, and thus its interns, must be global too.

How Much Sugar Is In Your Food?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Sugar might make your life sweeter temporarily (let's face it, munching that cookie felt like heaven at the time), but at what cost? Well there's ...

Ebola Outbreak Points to Tragic Flaws in World's Disease Resilience

Sophia Salenius | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Ebola poses a genuine threat to all of us - and it is about time we realised this.

Is Your iPad Bad For Your Child's Health?

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle/Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Tech

A study has asked regulators to re-address whether exposure to WiFi signals can be harmful to children - despite widespread scientific agreement that ...

Violence Against Women Is Not a Private Matter, It Is a Global Public Health Problem of Epidemic Proportions

Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Dr. Claudia Garcia Moreno Esteva

The time has come for health systems to play their part in a multisectoral response to end violence against women that is consistent with their countries' commitments to the promotion of both public health and human rights.

WHO Is Wasting Vital Ebola Crisis Cash on Ineffective Smartphone Applications

Sophia Salenius | Posted 16.01.2015 | 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.

The Ebola Epidemic Is at Risk of Becoming a Tragedy of Truly Global Proportions

Douglas Alexander | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Politics
Douglas Alexander

Now is not a time for excuses, now is a time for action. The very fact we are in the midst of a crisis on this scale is proof that the international community has not yet done enough. This epidemic can, and must, be overcome. But the question now is how many more will have to die before it is, how many of those tragic deaths could have been avoided.

Rebuilding Gaza's Health System

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.01.2015 | 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 29.12.2014 | 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...