Maternal health and dengue fever are among the issues that will be discussed at the 61st session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, Bernama reports. The meeting, which will take place this week in Malaysia, will be attended by 21 ministers and health officials from 33 countries in the region. WHO Regional Director of the Western Pacific Shin Young-Soo spoke at a press conference Sunday ahead of the meeting (10/10).
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As part of a special package about global health, TIME magazine visits what is known as “the most malarial town on earth” â€“ Apac, Uganda â€“ and examines global malaria control and efforts to eradicate the disease.
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Tropical Storm Agatha Hits Central America Tropical storm Agatha pounded Central America over the weekend, bringing heavy rain that killed at least 179 people, mostly in Guatemala, the New York Times reports. The search for survivors continues as rescue workers dig through the thousands of homes and buildings that collapsed.…
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TIME Examines HIV Vaccine Efforts TIME features a profile on David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) in New York City, who is currently working on a novel HIV vaccine. Ho “now believes that a traditional shot, one that relies on snippets of a virus to…
In an effort to increase the public’s awareness of the health consequences of cigarettes, the WHO on Friday called on international governments to require that cigarette packages feature images of the harmful effects smoking can have on the body, the AP/Google.com reports.
Advocates Say Nigeria Should Consider Photo Health Warnings On Cigarettes; WHO Honors Malaysia for Tobacco Regulation
In honor of 2009 World No Tobacco Day Nigerian Heart Foundation President Oluyomi Adeyemi-Wilson spoke at an event in Lagos, Nigeria, on Sunday where he called for members of the National Assembly to pass a new bill requiring that cigarette manufacturers print pictorial and graphical health warnings on the packages of cigarettes â€“ an effort supported by the WHO, Vanguard/allAfrica.com reports.
Indonesia To Host International Congress On AIDS Indonesia will host the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific region, August 3 â€“ 13 in Bali, organizers of the event announced Wednesday, Xinhua reports. Indonesia was selected to host the congress because it “was one of the first…
Despite a recent ruling by India’s Supreme Court that all tobacco products must have pictorial warnings by May 31, one week after the ruling was to go into effect, the warning labels have yet to appear on packaging, the National reports.
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New York Times Examines Visa Laws Effects On People Living With HIV/AIDS The New York Times examines a recent report by the advocacy group Human Rights Watch that says visa restrictions for people living with HIV/AIDS have been shown to jeopardize their health. “About a third of the worldâ€™s countries…
A new report finds that “a growing global trade in black market cigarettes is killing tens of thousands of people a year, causing massive health problems and costing governments billions of pounds,” the Guardian reports.