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Medicine : World health organization Provides updated malaria situation
Posted by niccosan on 2008/9/18 12:10:00 (1183 reads)

Geneva – A new report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO) finds that the global burden of malaria remains enormous, but that access to malaria control interventions, especially bed nets in Africa, increased sharply between 2004 and 2006, the period covered in the report.

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Medicine : African health ministers to introduce new vaccine to prevent deadly meningitis epidemics
Posted by niccosan on 2008/9/4 12:10:00 (1114 reads)

Yaoundé — Health Ministers from countries of the African Meningitis Belt today committed themselves to introduce a highly promising candidate meningitis vaccine. The vaccine is designed to prevent periodic epidemics of the deadly disease in these countries.

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Medicine : Unitaid, unicef and who announce massive scale-up in fight against hiv in mothers and children
Posted by niccosan on 2008/7/31 12:10:00 (1170 reads)

GENEVA/MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK, 31 July 2008 — As the world's leaders and AIDS community gather in Mexico for the biennial global conference on HIV and AIDS, UNITAID, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an infusion of $50 million aimed at halting mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

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Medicine : Unicef/who: far too few using improved sanitation; more people using drinking-water from safe sources
Posted by niccosan on 2008/7/17 12:10:00 (1220 reads)

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2008 - Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation [1]and nearly 1.2 billion practise open defecation, the riskiest sanitary practice of all, according to a report issued today by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Drinking-water Supply and Sanitation (JMP).

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Medicine : Rapid tests for drug-resistant TB to be available in developing countries
Posted by niccosan on 2008/6/30 12:10:00 (1352 reads)

Geneva -- People in low-resource countries who are ill with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) will get a faster diagnosis -- in two days, not the standard two to three months -- and appropriate treatment thanks to two new initiatives unveiled today by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Stop TB Partnership, UNITAID and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).

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Medicine : China and uae make rapid progress To safe blood donation
Posted by niccosan on 2008/6/13 12:20:00 (1129 reads)

China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have made impressive strides in tackling the risk of contamination from unsafe blood by reaching close to 100% voluntary blood donation , said the World Health Organization today . Their efforts to increase their safe blood base will be promoted as models for other countries to follow on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, on 14 June.

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Medicine : World leaders at UN meeting call for joint action to reduce tuberculosis deaths among people living with HIV
Posted by niccosan on 2008/6/9 12:20:00 (1277 reads)

9 June 2008, New York City - For the first time ever, heads of government, public health and business leaders, heads of UN agencies and activists came together at UN Headquarters today to confront a threat to global health that could undermine investments in life-saving drug treatment for people living with HIV.

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Medicine : Nearly three million hiv-positive people now receiving life-saving drugs
Posted by niccosan on 2008/6/3 12:20:00 (1244 reads)

But access to prevention and treatment still lacking for millions

Geneva, 2 June 2008 — The close of 2007 marks an important step in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Nearly 3 million people are now receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO), UNAIDS and UNICEF

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Medicine : Monitoring AIDS treatment by regular physical examination is nearly as effective as advanced
Posted by niccosan on 2008/4/26 12:20:00 (1480 reads)

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25 April: GENEVA -- When millions of HIV-infected people in poor countries began receiving advanced drug therapies, critics worried that patient care would suffer because few high tech laboratories were available to guide treatments. But according to a study being published in Lancet Friday, 25 April, these concerns are as yet unfounded. In fact, the study indicates that when clinicians use simple physical signs of deteriorating health -- such as weight loss or fever -- these doctors can provide therapies almost as effective those relying on the most advanced laboratory analysis.

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Medicine : WHO Welcomes the Noguchi Award's Recognition for Service to Global Public Health
Posted by niccosan on 2008/3/27 12:20:00 (1239 reads)

Geneva-27 March 2008-Too often the sacrifices of people working in global public health go unrecognized, but not in this case. The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the announcement that the Government of Japan is awarding the first Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for service to global public health.

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