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World Health Organization

Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment signal new hope for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis patients

Geneva – New World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen. “This is a critical step forward in tackling the MDR-TB public health crisis,” said Dr Mario Raviglione, Director of WHO’s Global TB Programme. “The new WHO recommendations offer hope to hundreds of thousands of MDR-TB patients who can now benefit from a test that quickly identifies eligibility for the…

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Immunization game-changers should be the norm worldwide

21 April 2016 | Geneva – During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020. “Last year immunization led to some notable wins in the fight against polio, rubella and maternal and neonatal tetanus,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “But they were isolated wins. Polio was eliminated in one country, tetanus in three, and rubella…

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New shipment of health supplies arrives in Taiz City

Sana’a, 18 March 2016— The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered an additional 11 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to Taiz City, where people remain in serious need of humanitarian aid. This latest shipment includes trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits, diarrhoeal disease kits, and IV fluids. The supplies were received by Al-Thawra, Al-Jumhoori, Al-Rawdha, Al-Mudhaffar and Al-Ta’aon hospitals. “These health supplies are vital for health facilities in Taiz City that are still functioning to continue offering much-needed basic medical care,” said Dr…

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Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes

GENEVA: 18 AUGUST 2015 – People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, one in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to the World Health Organization. In a special issue of the journal Vaccine, guest-edited by WHO and published today, experts review the…

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