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WHO steps up action to improve food safety and protect people from disease

New handbook helps countries assess causes, magnitude and distribution of foodborne diseases

Every year 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses are reported.  In 2010, 420 000 people died due to such diseases as salmonella and E.coli infection, a third of them children under five years of age. It is estimated that this figure is increasing year after year, but it is difficult…

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World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Message

Analysis indicates that increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding could save the lives of 820,000 children every year

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Improving access to COVID-19 treatment in South Sudan

The expansion of the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) has augmented the bed capacity in the IDU from 24 to 82 to bridge the demand gaps for admission

To provide supportive treatment for severe and critical COVID-19 patients, the World Health Organization (WHO), working with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Medical Corps (IMC) has supported the Ministry of Health to upgrade and equip the Dr John Garang Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU). The expansion of the…

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Ministry of Health and Social Services trains trainers to strengthen the clinical care of non-communicable diseases at the periphery

Overall objective of the training was to conduct training of trainers on the PEN Guideline for primary care settings

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) exerts a growing burden on mortality and morbidity in Namibia. They account for an estimated 43% of total deaths in the country. As part of efforts to reduce this growing burden, the Ministry of Health and Social Services with support from WHO is strengthening the health…

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World Health Organization (WHO) scales up cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan

As of 3 November, Sudan’s Ministry of Health reported 332 suspected cases of cholera, concentrated in Blue Nile and Sennar States

To prevent a potential spread of the current cholera outbreak to Khartoum State – including to the country’s capital Khartoum City – and at the request of the Federal Minister of Health Dr Akram Eltoum, WHO is working closely with health partners, nongovernmental organizations, and at-risk communities to ensure that…

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Stronger focus on nutrition within health services could save 3.7 million lives by 2025

Essential health packages in all settings need to contain robust nutrition components

Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is  estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025. “In order to provide quality health…

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First-ever World Food Safety Day elevates attention to dangerous foodborne diseases in Africa

World Food Safety Day highlights the need for better prevention, detection and management of foodborne risks

An estimated 91 million people in Africa in a year consume contaminated food that renders them ill, and around 137,000 people die. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances cause diseases ranging from acute diarrhoea to lifelong conditions, including some cancers. The risk of foodborne diseases is most…

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Intercountry meeting to fight malnutrition in the Region

Malnutrition, in its various forms, is a serious public health problem in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is holding an intercountry consultative meeting for nutrition focal points from 22 to 24 January 2019, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNICEF and the World Food Programme. Participants, including representatives from Member States and stakeholders, will…

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More than half a million Somalis affected by floods and heavy rain

World Health Organisation (WHO) calls for redoubled efforts to assist Somali communities in need

 Flash and river floods, caused by heavy rainfall, in Somalia have affected more than 695 000 people, and displaced nearly 215 000 of these, in the last few days. Most flooding occurred in the regions of Bakool, Banadir, Bay, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Middle Shabelle. One of the…

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World Health Organization commends South African parliament decision to pass tax bill on sugary drinks

South Africa’s sugary drinks tax is scheduled to be implemented on 1 April 2018 and will lead to an estimated 11% increase in the price of a regular can of soft drink

The South African Parliament has taken a brave and powerful step towards promoting the health of the country’s citizens and reducing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, by passing a bill yesterday to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO’s Representative to South Africa.…