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World Hepatitis Day Aims To Raise Awareness Of, Action On Viral Infections

“Only one-third of the world’s countries have national strategies for viral hepatitis, the [WHO said Wednesday,] urging governments to scale up measures to tackle this ‘silent epidemic,’ in particular the five types that, over time, cause chronic and debilitating illnesses,” the U.N. News Centre reports. World Hepatitis Day, recognized on…

New WHO Guidelines On HIV Treatment Offer Opportunities, Challenges

Writing in a Lancet opinion piece, Kenneth Mayer of Harvard Medical School and Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program and Center for Public Health & Human Rights, discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the WHO’s revised HIV treatment guidelines recommending “earlier…

No Need For Hajj Pilgrims To Be Screened For MERS, WHO States

“The risk from a new Middle East respiratory virus for millions of Muslims planning to go to the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia is very low and there is no need for pilgrims to be screened, the [WHO] said on Thursday,” Reuters reports (Kelland, 7/25). “Saying the risk to…

Access To Comprehensive Reproductive Health Services Necessary To Reach AIDS-Free Generation

In a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece, Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé discuss progress (.pdf) made on the “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among…

U.N.’s ECOSOC Addresses HIV/AIDS, NCDs, Science And Technology For Development

“The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) [on Monday] took action on reports pertaining to HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and science and technology for development,” Intellectual Property Watch reports, detailing the actions taken pertaining to each at the current ECOSOC session. According to the news service, “the Council took…

WHO Working Group On Substandard Medicine To Meet This Week

Members of the WHO “are meeting this week to advance the international mechanism against substandard and counterfeit medicines,” Intellectual Property Watch reports. Meeting documents, for the “Open-ended Working Group to Identify the Actions, Activities and Behaviours that result in substandard/spurious/falsely-labeled/falsified/counterfeit (SSFFC) medical products,” including the draft agenda and a report…

U.N. To Establish Task Force On Prevention, Control Of NCDs

“The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution requesting the U.N. Secretary-General to establish a United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases [NCDs]” at the ECOSOC’s 2013 Substantive Session held in Geneva, a WHO media note reports. “The Task Force will be convened…

Blog Examines Need For Global Health Governance

Writing in the Global Health Governance journal’s “Young Voices” blog, contributor Anand Bhopal examines the need for governance in the global health field and why the WHO should lead the effort. Bhopal discusses how the WHO is funded, addresses the WHO budget deficit, and examines the future of the health…

WHO Reports 6 More Cases Of MERS Virus In Saudi Arabia, UAE

“Six more people, most of them health care workers, have contracted the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the [WHO] said Thursday,” Agence France-Presse reports (7/18). “The latest infections of four women and two men aged between 26 and 42 bring the global total to…