March 29, 2007 |
The World Health Organization recommended Wednesday that circumcision immediately become part of the frontline strategy to combat AIDS -- a move that the group said could save millions of lives. The benefit would be greatest in countries with widespread epidemics and low rates of circumcision, such as those in southern and eastern Africa, the WHO said. "The recommendations represent a significant step forward in HIV prevention," said Dr. Kevin De Cock, director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS Department.
March 22, 2007 |
For the first time in modern history, the rate of infections in the global tuberculosis epidemic has leveled off and may be on the "threshold of decline," the World Health Organization announced today. The percentage of the world's population struck by TB peaked in 2004 and then held steady or even declined in 2005, according to the report, but the actual number of new cases increased to 8.8 million because of the growing world population. Dr.
November 9, 2006 |
Dr. Margaret Chan, who has spearheaded the World Health Organization's fight against bird flu, was chosen to head the Geneva-based agency through June 2012. Chan was Hong Kong's health director when the territory reported the world's first known human outbreak of the H5N1 bird flu virus in 1997. Six people died, but Chan was credited with heading off a human health crisis by ordering the slaughter of Hong Kong's entire poultry population -- about 1.5 million birds -- in three days.
July 22, 2006 |
The Indonesian Ministry of Health confirmed Thursday the country's 42nd human death from avian influenza, a toll that gave the nation, along with Vietnam, the most deaths from the virus. The latest victim, a 44-year-old man from East Jakarta, died July 12, the World Health Organization said. The man was probably infected by poultry around his home or the wet market where he worked at a food stall, the organization said. The strain of bird flu known as H5N1 is still primarily an animal disease.
May 28, 2006 |
The biggest case yet of humans possibly infecting others with bird flu prompted the World Health Organization to put the maker of the antiviral drug Tamiflu on alert for possible shipment of the global stockpile for the first time, officials said. Officials said the stockpile alert occurred Monday as experts puzzled over why six of seven Indonesians from a family in a village in North Sumatra province died after they became infected with the H5N1 virus.
May 25, 2006 |
Six family members in Indonesia who died of bird flu probably infected one another with the virus after a seventh apparently contracted it from birds, raising the possibility that the virus is becoming more efficient in spreading among humans. Officials with the World Health Organization emphasized that the family members had contracted the disease through close contact with one another, and there was no evidence the virus has the ability to spark a quick-spreading pandemic.
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May 23, 2006 |
Dr. Lee Jong-wook, director-general of the World Health Organization and the driving force in that agency's effort to expand AIDS treatment to the developing world, died Monday in Geneva following surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The first Korean to head a United Nations agency, Lee was 61.
April 25, 2006 |
Most of the world's millions of malaria sufferers are not getting life-saving drugs nearly five years after the World Health Organization urged their widespread use, health experts said. Malaria kills more than a million people each year, mainly in Africa, where a child dies from the disease every 30 seconds. Only four of the 34 countries that have agreed to switch to more effective but costly artemisin-based drug combinations, known as ACTs, are widely distributing the medication.
March 29, 2006 |
The World Health Organization has fallen well short of its goal of getting 3 million AIDS patients in treatment by the end of 2005, with fewer than half that number now receiving life-sustaining antiretroviral therapy, according to a report issued Tuesday. The program tripled the number of people in low- and moderate-income countries receiving drugs between 2003 and 2005, but overall, only one in every five people requiring treatment now receives it -- a total of 1.
March 18, 2006 |
Of the thousands of entrepreneurs, protesters, do-gooders and policymakers here for the World Water Forum, few can match the passion of Suresh Baral. Infants and young children were dying in Baral's village in Nepal of intestinal diseases spread by bad hygiene, primitive sanitation and lack of clean water, as they do by the hundreds of thousands each year throughout the Third World. So 13-year-old Suresh and his friends started going door-to-door to save some of them.