WHO certifies Cabo Verde as malaria-free, marking a historic milestone in the fight against malaria

A total of 43 countries and 1 territory have now been certified as malaria-free The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Cabo Verde as a malaria-free country, marking a significant achievement in global health. With this announcement, Cabo Verde joins the ranks of 43 countries and 1 territory that WHO has awarded this certification. Cabo Verde is the third country to be certified in the WHO African region, joining Mauritius and Algeria which were certified in 1973 and 2019 respectively. Malaria burden is the highest on the African continent, which…

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WHO Tells Countries To Increase Graduation Numbers Of Healthcare Personnel

In order to curb chronic shortages of health workers in low and middle income countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has advised all countries to increase graduation of health personnel to reach 8-12% of the active workforce per annum. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes a few weeks after the World Health Organization (WHO)  released an updated WHO health workforce support and safeguards list 2023, identifying 55 countries including Zimbabwe, as vulnerable for availability of health workers required to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal target for universal health coverage…

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WHO Lists Zimbabwe Among 55 Countries With Highest Health Workforce Shortages

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released an updated WHO health workforce support and safeguards list 2023, identifying 55 countries including Zimbabwe, as vulnerable for availability of health workers required to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal target for universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe which has over the past few years lost thousands of skilled health personal to international migration. However, WHO said even though the latest WHO health workforce support and safeguard list 2023 does not prohibit international recruitment, there should be government-to-government health…

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Antimicrobial Resistance To NTDs Medicines On the Increase

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THE World Health Organisation (WHO) is currently working on developing alternative or second-line treatments, or combination therapies of existing Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) medicines, following indications that some NTDs were developing resistance to the different antimicrobials used to treat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), a new report has announced. By Michael Gwarisa The emergence of treatment failure has already been observed in kinetoplastids and in the causative organisms of leprosy among the bacterial NTDs. This development could hamper efforts in countries such as Zimbabwe where Leprosy has resurfaced and has  reportedly…

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Countries No Longer Sharing COVID-19 Sequencing Data- Dr Tedros

THE number of COVID-19 sequences being shared by countries has dropped by more than 90% while the number of countries sharing sequences has fallen by a third since the onset of the Omicron variant in 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a media briefing, WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was now difficult to give data relating to COVID-19 due to lack of sequencing data. It’s now three years since the first sequence of SARS-CoV-2 was shared with the world.…

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Put health at the front and centre of COP27, says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says health must be put at the fore at the COP27 climate change negotiations. By HealthTimes Reporter The COP27 negotiations began today in Egypt. “On the eve of the pivotal climate talks at COP27, WHO issues a grim reminder that the climate crisis continues to make people sick and jeopardizes lives and that health must be at the core of these critical negotiations. “WHO believes the conference must conclude with progress on the four key goals of mitigation, adaptation, financing and collaboration to tackle the…

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WHO delivers 20 ambulances to Ukraine

To support emergency health needs in Ukraine, World Health Organization (WHO) today gave 20 all-terrain ambulances able to function in even the most damaged and inaccessible areas to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Staff Reporter “We bring not just supplies but support based on your needs. Today we are handing to you 20 ambulances, along with generators and blood refrigerators to hospitals wherever they  are needed.” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General handing over the keys to the Deputy Minister of Health Iryna Mykychak in Lviv, Ukraine.…

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14.9 Excess Deaths Associated With The COVID-19 Pandemic In 2020-2021, Europe, America and South-East Asia Account For Majority Of Deaths

New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic (described as “excess mortality”) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million). “These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO…

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A Billion Influenza Cases Recorded Every Year

EVEN through the deadly Influenza or Spanish Flu ended more than 100 years ago, the modern day strain of Influenza continues to impact negatively on the global health with indications that a billion cases of seasonal influenza continue to be recorded every year. By Michael Gwarisa In his speech to mark the Celebration of 70 years since GISRS (the Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System) was formed, World Health Organisation (WHO) Director, Dr Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus   said influenza is a serious global health problem that impacts all countries: Every year,…

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WHO & UNICEF Recommit To Accelerating Health & Well-being At All ages

THE World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first. HealthTimes Reporter The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations, and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition. Additionally, the two…

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