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The Economist Examines How Diseases Qualify As Eradicable

The Economist: What makes a disease eradicable “Humanity has succeeded in eradicating only one human disease: smallpox. … [Polio and Guinea worm] are the only targets currently sanctioned for global eradication by the World Health Organization. The International Task-Force for Disease Eradication, a group of scientists and health experts established…

WHO Works To Strengthen Palliative Care Services For All Ages, Diseases

WHO: Palliative care: for all ages and all diseases This WHO Feature discusses the agency’s work in and the importance of strengthening and integrating palliative care services in low- and middle-income settings for people of all ages with any ailment (October 2015).

New WHO, UNAIDS Standards Aim To Improve Quality Of Adolescent Health Care Services

UNAIDS: WHO and UNAIDS launch new standards to improve adolescent care “New Global Standards for quality health care services for adolescents developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS aim to help countries improve the quality of adolescent health care. … WHO and UNAIDS Global Standards for quality health…

WHO Releases Statement From 7th Meeting Of IHR Emergency Committee On Ebola

WHO: Statement on the 7th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa This WHO statement discusses temporary recommendations made by the International Health Regulation (IHR) Emergency Committee to countries with Ebola transmission and all nations regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (10/5).

HIV Home Tests Should Be Included As Prevention Tool In International Strategies

New York Times: Letter to the Editor: A Different Strategy Elliott Millenson, founder and former chief executive of the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that developed the first home test for HIV “…Now that there are drugs that can help prevent HIV transmission, the World Health Organization appears to see the…

Nearly 10M Children In Yemen Need ‘Urgent’ Humanitarian Aid, UNICEF Says

U.N. News Centre: Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence — U.N. “The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today underscored the devastating toll six months of violence has taken on the children of Yemen, where at least 500 have lost their lives and…

Mexico Becomes 3rd Country In World To Eliminate Onchocerciasis

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Adiós! Goodbye, oncho! Mexico joins two other countries in ending onchocerciasis in LAC Mirta Roses Periago, director emeritus of PAHO/WHO and special envoy for the Global Network, discusses progress made by the Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) region in ending…