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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will conduct a two-day exercise starting on 21 June 2017 with 79 Member States and 11 international organizations to evaluate emergency response in a severe nuclear accident simulated at a nuclear power plant in Hungary. The IAEA will also evaluate the consistency of response actions taken by States to identify good practices as well as areas...

14 June 2017 | GENEVA – Around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse, a figure higher than previously estimated and predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.

A new study, supported by WHO and published in the Lancet Global Health, has found that almost 16% of people aged 60 years and older were subjected to either psychological abuse (11.6%), financial abuse (6.8%),...

13 June 2017 | GENEVA - World Health Organization Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has welcomed contributions and pledges of US$1.2 billion for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The pledges were made at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, USA which is being attended by 32 000 Rotarians from around the world.

“It is humbling to see again the power of this incredible...

WHO Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is in the United States of America 12-17 June  to share his vision for the World Health Organization with global leaders, before taking up his new position on 1 July.

Over five days Dr Tedros will meet with Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jim Kim, World Bank Group President; Anthony Lake, UNICEF...

8 June 2017 | SANA'A - The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017. Worst affected are the country’s most vulnerable: children under the age of 15 account for 46% of cases, and those aged over 60 represent 33% of fatalities.

WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are honing in on areas reporting the...

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, WHO and partners rapidly and effectively coordinate the response to Ebola

M6 June 2017 Multidisciplinary teams in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are faced with numerous challenges as they respond to an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the remote, forested regions in the northern part of the country - impassable roads, limited...

(Tokyo, 7 June 2017) Investigations by scientists in Japan illustrate how the loss of a key mitochondrial protein facilitates the progression of Parkinson’s disease. The findings are published in Nature Communications (June 2017).

There is much evidence to suggest that dysfunction within cellular components contributes to the development and progression of the neurodegenerative...

6 JUNE 2017 | GENEVA – New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Model List of Essential Medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia.

The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and...

New technology allows for rapid diagnosis of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Laboratory testing of samples is essential to rapidly assess the scope and spread of any Ebola outbreak. Since the major outbreak in West Africa in 2014, an increasing number of diagnostic tools have become available to perform rapid initial testing of samples. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is...

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