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Health Workers:  Get the WHO Academy COVID-19 app!
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Health Workers: Get the WHO Academy COVID-19 app!

<p>With COVID-19 science now doubling every 20 days and new guidance being published daily by WHO, health workers face the challenge of keeping up with constantly evolving information related to this disease. &nbsp;To support them, the WHO Academy has created an app that delivers a wide range of COVID-19 knowledge resources developed by WHO directly to their mobile phones and tablets. The app includes up-to-the-minute guidance, tools, training, and virtual workshops to support health workers in caring for patients with COVID-19 and in protecting themselves as they do their critical work. User-friendly and easily accessed in almost any area with mobile phone service, the free app is available in seven languages &ndash; Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian a...
Record number of countries contribute data revealing disturbing rates of antimicrobial resistance
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Record number of countries contribute data revealing disturbing rates of antimicrobial resistance

Geneva—A record number of countries are now monitoring and reporting on antibiotic resistance - marking a major step forward in the global fight against drug resistance. But the data they provide reveals that a worrying number of bacterial infections are increasingly resistant to the medicines at hand to treat them. “As we gather more evidence, we see more clearly and more worryingly how fast we are losing critically important antimicrobial medicines all over the world,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “These data underscore the importance both of protecting the antimicrobials we have and developing new ones, to effectively treat infections, preserve health gains made in the last century and ensure...
World Food Safety Day 2020: UN experts in Facebook live event on 5 June 2020
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World Food Safety Day 2020: UN experts in Facebook live event on 5 June 2020

On 7 June 2020, the United Nations will mark the second global World Food Safety Day, led by two of its specialized agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).Food safety is a shared responsibility, and everyone has a role to play including governments, industry, producers, business operators and consumers. This is reflected in the theme of the day ‘Food safety: everyone’s business!’FAO and WHO are supporting their Members in efforts to provide enough safe food for all and to enable people to trust that what they eat is safe. Events such as World Food Safety Day help by highlighting the critical role played by all those who work to ensure that they are not derailed by disruptions a...
Update on progress on Cystic echinococcosis  control in Mongolia
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Update on progress on Cystic echinococcosis  control in Mongolia

<p>Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is most common in poor pastoral communities and it is highly endemic in most areas of Mongolia where it presents as a major health burden, especially to the nomadic communities.&nbsp; In the last few years increased efforts have been made to control echinococcosis in Mongolia.</p><p><strong>1. Development of the &ldquo;Action Plan for the control of CE in Mongolia&rdquo;</strong>&nbsp;</p><p>In October 2018, the National Center for Zoonotic Diseases of Mongolia (NCZD) with the support of WHO organized a multi-sectoral workshop &ldquo;Developing the National Action Plan for Control of echinococcosis in Mongolia&rdquo;.&nbsp; Following the workshop, a cross-sectoral Action P...
The value of integrating HIV prevention and contraceptive services
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The value of integrating HIV prevention and contraceptive services

<p>In 2019, the ECHO <a href="https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)31288-7/fulltext" target="_blank">trial </a>reminded the world of the very high HIV incidence among women in parts of southern Africa. Those high levels of HIV, and of sexually transmitted infections, were found among women accessing routine contraceptive services.</p><p>A <a href="https://www.who.int/publications-detail-redirect/actions-for-improved-clinical-and-prevention-services-and-choices-preventing-hiv-and-other-stis-among-women-and-girls-using-contraceptive-services">new joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS </a>sets out the steps needed to improve and integrate HIV prevention and contrac...
International community rallies to support open research and science to fight COVID-19
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International community rallies to support open research and science to fight COVID-19

WHO and Costa Rica launch landmark COVID-19 Technology Access PoolThirty countries and multiple international partners and institutions have signed up to support the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) an initiative aimed at making vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all.The Pool was first proposed in March by President Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica, who joined WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today at the official launch of the initiative. “The COVID-19 Technology Access Pool will ensure the latest and best science benefits all of humanity,” said President Alvarado of Costa Rica. “Vaccines, tests, diagnostics, treatments and other key tools in the coronavirus response must be made univers...
WHO welcomes crucial new funding for vaccines
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WHO welcomes crucial new funding for vaccines

<p>WHO welcomes funding commitments made at today&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gavi.org/investing-gavi/resource-mobilisation-process/gavis-3rd-donor-pledging-conference-june-2020">Global Vaccine Summit</a>,&nbsp;hosted virtually by the UK government. The Summit is Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance&rsquo;s third pledging conference and follows the successful Berlin summit in January 2015.</p><p>The&nbsp;new&nbsp;pledges will enable Gavi to protect the next generation and reduce disease inequality by reaching an additional 300 million children with vaccines by 2025.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Thanks to vaccines, hundreds of millions of deaths have been prevented. Polio has been pushed to the brink of eradication, an...