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New WHO director from Ethiopia begins work

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:26 PM

Tedros Adhanom is the first African to head the World Health Organization

NEW DIRECTOR. New World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus holds a press conference on the day after his election by the World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 24, 2017 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Global depression numbers surge in past decade – WHO

Mar 30, 2017 - 11:21 PM

By 2015 the number of people globally living with depression according to a revised definition had reached 322 million up 18 4 since 2005 the UN agency says

Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Harmful exposure can start in the mother s womb increasing the risk of premature birth which can lead to life long health problems

POLLUTION. Indian school children wear masks as they sit inside a school cab as schools re-open after three days of closure due to smog, in New Delhi on November 10, 2016. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

$122 million needed to fight Zika over 18 months – WHO

Jun 17, 2016 - 10:04 PM

The ongoing Zika outbreak affects more than 60 countries Brazil remains the hardest hit country with Rio de Janeiro set to host the Olympics in less than two months

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. File photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

WHO to weigh Rio Olympics impact on Zika spread

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:00 AM

UPDATED World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan responds to a request by US Senator Jeanne Shaheen to evaluate the public health hazards of holding the Games in August

ZIKA UPDATES. In this file photo, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan updates the media on the recent work of the organization on the Zika virus. File photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

WHO: We cannot speak for or against dengue vaccine for now

Mar 31, 2016 - 4:50 PM

But new WHO country representative Gundo Weiler will give the Philippines technical advice as it administers the dengue vaccine to students

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Mar 30, 2016 - 6:55 PM

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WHO: Ebola international health emergency is over

Mar 30, 2016 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED The World Health Organization believes the remaining isolated cases in affected countries can be contained

EBOLA EMERGENCY OVER. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, speaks to the media after The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola, during a press conference, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, March 29, 2016. Photo by Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

Zika crisis to 'get worse before it gets better' – WHO chief

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:30 AM

World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan says part of the challenge in fighting the mosquito borne virus is the fact that it is so mysterious

BATTLE. An employee of the municipality of Chacao fumigates the hall of a school during efforts to prevent the possible spread of the Zika virus in the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 5, 2016. File photo by Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Zika virus: US reports sexually transmitted case

Feb 03, 2016 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain damaged babies

DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA

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Feb 02, 2016 - 6:46 PM

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Feb 02, 2016 - 12:14 PM

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Zika virus: WHO declares global health emergency

Feb 02, 2016 - 5:29 AM

UPDATED The WHO declares a surge in serious birth defects in South America is strongly suspected of being caused by the Zika virus and constitutes an international health emergency

DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades, on next 05 February, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao / EPA

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Feb 01, 2016 - 12:48 PM

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Zika virus: WHO mulls global health emergency

Feb 01, 2016 - 9:41 AM

The World Health Organization is under pressure to act quickly in the fight against Zika after admitting it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of west Africa

Members of the Dominican Republic's army fumigate an area as they provide information during a move to prevent propagation of the 'Aedes Aegypti' mosquito, believed to be the carrier of the Zika virus, Dengue fever and other diseases, in Guerra, Dominican Republic, January 30, 2016. Orlando Barria/EPA

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Jan 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Zika virus 'spreading explosively' – WHO

Jan 28, 2016 - 9:37 PM

3rd UPDATE WHO chief Margaret Chan calls for an emergency meeting on February 1 on the outbreak of the virus which is blamed for the birth defect microcephaly

FIGHTING THE ZIKA VIRUS. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks about the Information Session on Zika virus for WHO Member States, during the 138th WHO Executive Board session, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 28, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA

WHO chief calls for urgent transformation of global epidemic response

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:55 PM

We need to put in place corrective strategies just as quickly as possible WHO Director General Margaret Chan tells a committee created to review why existing international health regulations failed to prevent the deadly Ebola outbreak

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, addresses her statement during the special session on Ebola of the Executive Board, at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, January 25, 2015. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Cuba becomes first nation to eliminate mother-to-child HIV

Jul 02, 2015 - 9:59 AM

This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections and an important step towards having an AIDS free generation

WHO chief announces shake-up of organization after Ebola shock

May 19, 2015 - 8:35 AM

WHO Director General Margaret Chan tells the agency s decision making body in Geneva that she has decided to make some fundamental changes to help the organization respond more quickly and efficiently in times of crisis

A wide view of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board's special session on the Ebola emergency in Geneva, Switzerland, 25 January 2015.  Christopher Black/WHO

WHO chief says 'tremendous progress' made in Ebola fight

Mar 19, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Margaret Chan s remarks comes almost a week after the WHO announced that the death toll from the world s largest Ebola outbreak had topped 10 000

In this file photo, Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, briefs the UN General Assembly on Ebola, 25 February 2014, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

Universal healthcare vital to fight inequality – WHO

Feb 10, 2015 - 6:36 PM

The World Health Organization says at least one billion people suffer yearly because they cannot obtain the health services they need

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE. China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, addresses her statement during the special session on Ebola of the Executive Board, at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, January 25, 2015. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

WHO pledges reforms as it admits Ebola mistakes

Jan 25, 2015 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED Despite turning a corner in the fight against Ebola there is no room for complacency WHO head Margaret Chan says

A wide view of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board's special session on the Ebola emergency in Geneva, Switzerland, 25 January 2015.  Christopher Black/WHO

Ban pledges UN support in tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:43 AM

Today we have reason to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated says UN chief Ban Ki moon

MORE UN SUPPORT. A handout image released by the United Nations (UN) shows UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) sit for a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, Liberia, December 19 2014. Photo by Evan Schneider/Handout/EPA

'We were slow,' WHO admits mistakes in Ebola response

Dec 10, 2014 - 10:31 PM

It is fair to say the whole world including WHO failed to see what was unfolding what was going to happen in front of our eyes WHO director general Margaret Chan tells BBC in an interview

In this file photo, Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, briefs the UN General Assembly on ebola, 25 February 2014, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

Ebola toll hits 2,400 as Cuba pledges medics

Sep 12, 2014 - 6:56 PM

2nd UPDATE World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan warns the spiraling tropical epidemic demands a stronger faster response from the international community

ANOTHER ONE. Liberian Red Cross health workers wearing protective suits carry the body of a victim of the Ebola virus out of a garage on September 10, 2014 in a district of Monrovia. Zoom Dosso/AFP

World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs

Sep 05, 2014 - 12:02 AM

No fully tested and approved treatments exist yet for Ebola leading to the World Health Organization to condone the rushing through of new cures – although it is not yet clear how broad or quick an impact they can make

LOOKING FOR A CURE. Experts speak together on the opening day of a two-day meeting on consultation on potential Ebola therapies and vaccines on September 4, 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

A suicide every 40 seconds – WHO

Sep 04, 2014 - 5:13 PM

WHO chief: The impact on families friends and communities is devastating and far reaching even long after persons dear to them have taken their own lives

In this file photo, Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, briefs the UN General Assembly, 25 February 2014, United Nations, New York. Mark Garten/UN Photo

WHO declares Ebola a global emergency

Aug 08, 2014 - 3:21 PM

2ND UPDATE World Health Organization director Dr Margaret Chan appealed for greater international aid for the countries worst hit by the outbreak

EBOLA. An undated handout image provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 05 August 2014 shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of an Ebola virus virion. Frederick A. Murphy/EPA

Ebola death toll rises to 887 – WHO

Aug 05, 2014 - 9:55 AM

The WHO also says there had been 163 new cases bringing the total number of confirmed and likely cases from the outbreak so far to 1 603

KEEPING CLEAN. United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines wash their hands to avoid contact with the deadly Ebola virus before entering a service at the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, Liberia, 03 August 2014. Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

TIMELINE: Ebola, a ruthless killer

Aug 02, 2014 - 5:59 PM

UPDATED Here are main developments since the worst ever epidemic of the hemorrhagic fever Ebola emerged in west Africa at the start of the year

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) obtained March 24, 2014 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC/AFP

West Africa seeks to seal off Ebola-hit regions

Aug 02, 2014 - 12:14 PM

WHO chief Margaret Chan describes the Ebola outbreak as by far the largest ever in the nearly four decade history of this disease

WHO: Tobacco industry 'a devious enemy'

Mar 20, 2012 - 7:50 PM

WHO chief Margaret Chan tags the tobacco industry as a ruthless and devious enemy and urges governments and groups to unite vs cigarette firms

World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan speaks at the opening ceremony of the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in Singapore on March 20, 2012