World Health Organization

Ebola Outranks Everything Else

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 08.09.2014 | 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 | 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

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.

Keeping Score: Can the NTD Scorecard Keep Global Action Against These Diseases on Track?

Simon Bush | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK
Simon Bush

This week sees the publication of From Promises to Progress, a new report on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a group of 17 infectious diseases that between them affect over 1.4 billion of the poorest people in the world.

Politicians Must Understand Violence Is a Process

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
Shaughan Dolan

In the August riots of 2011 I had to experience something nobody should have to - I watched my home city burn. Politicos of all stripe were quick to ...

Road Traffic Noise Could Be Making You Ill

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle

The health benefits of getting your 40 winks are no secret. Studies have linked disrupted sleep patterns to Alzheimer's disease, while it's claimed th...

Health-Care in Africa: Who Gets the Money?

Ian Linden | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK
Ian Linden

HIV/AIDS work is only the most recent global response of faith-inspired health care. From the late 19th Century faith communities have been providing medical care through clinics and hospitals.