Tag: world health organization

Director of world health body cancels job offer to Zimbabwe president

Director of world health body cancels job offer to Zimbabwe president

| October 25, 2017

(GIN)—The Ethiopian director-general of the World Health Organization has rescinded his appointment of President Robert Mugabe as Goodwill Ambassador after four days of heavy international pressure. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whose own appointment sparked controversy in his home country, had appointed the Zimbabwean leader to the ceremonial position of honor. Tedros, who goes by his first […]

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Feud erupts over Ethiopian in race for top post at world health body

Feud erupts over Ethiopian in race for top post at world health body

(GIN)—As member states are preparing to vote for one of three final candidates seeking the top position at the World Health Organization, Ethiopians on social media are battling it out with government over the nomination of a well-funded candidate for the top spot. In the official bio of Dr. Tedros Adhanom, he is a visionary […]

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Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

Doubts raised about highly-praised mararia vaccine headed for Africa

| April 26, 2017

(GIN)—With much fanfare, the world’s first injectable vaccine against malaria will be introduced in three countries—Ghana, Kenya and Malawi—starting in 2018. The vaccine—known as RTS,S or Mosquirix, trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. It was developed by the British pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline. The World Health Organization […]

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As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—For the first time since the end of June 2014, there have been fewer than 100 new cases of Ebola reported in a week in the three most affected countries. That was the positive news from the World Health Organization in a new report which cited 99 confirmed cases in the week ending Jan. 25, […]

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If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

| October 1, 2014

(GIN)–An observer to a recent U.N. emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak counted the seemingly sincere promises of help by government after government yet a pledge to airlift stricken African doctors and health workers to restorative health facilities was nowhere in the discussion. “Despite all of the rhetoric seemingly laced with care and concern for […]

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Spread of Ebola traced to two-year-old

Spread of Ebola traced to two-year-old

| August 13, 2014

(GIN)—If researchers are correct, a two year old in southeastern Guinea, who died last year with Ebola symptoms, was the unsuspecting carrier of the disease soon to wreak havoc in at least three countries with common borders. The child, called “Patient Zero,” died Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill, according to a […]

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With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the […]

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