World Health Organization

1 Visualizing a vaccine breaking new ground, and chains, in Africa

One of the biggest obstacles to expanding immunization to the remotest regions on the planet has been that vaccines must be kept refrigerated at low temperatures. A new vaccine created by Seattle-based PATH, with help from the World Health Organization and other partners, now indicates it may be possible to break free from these chains.

0 Visualizing the global rise of cancer

Guest post by Katie Leach-Kemon, a policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. WHO The World Health Organization this week released its World Cancer Report, generating headlines such as: NPR  Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide CNN WHO: Imminent global cancer…

1 The slowly bleeding and diminished champion of global health, WHO

While there has been a substantial increase in the past decade for global health funding overall, with the growth of private donors like the Gates Foundation as well as the creation of multi-lateral funding mechanisms like the Global Fund to Fight AID, TB and Malaria, many experts are concerned that the shrinking clout and influence of WHO — as goofy as it can be — risks undermining the primary vehicle needed to globally set global health policy.

0 Malaria is a coiled spring

Flickr, ACJ1 The world has made great strides against malaria, bringing down the estimated global death toll from more than a million — mostly children — to about 650,000 per year today. That’s been done through a concerted and diversified strategy supported by the international community, through the Global Fund…

0 WHO says it has not been bought off by the food and beverage industry

Flickr, su-lin A month ago, some investigative reporters at Reuters did a big expose article contending the World Health Organization had been compromised in its efforts to combat non-communicable diseases — aka NCDs like obesity, diabetes and heart disease — by allowing the food and beverage industry too much influence…

0 A(nother) polio emergency, perhaps the final one

The world is close to eradicating polio but this infectious disease has a tendency — like the whack-a-mole game — to pop up just when you think you’ve got it put down. The polio eradication campaign has been quite successful, getting rid of endemic polio in all but three countries:…

0 WHO report highlights chronic diseases & lack of global health strategy

Analysis The World Health Organization has published its annual health report for 2012 and this year decided to “put the spotlight on the growing problem of non-communicable diseases.” Here are some of the news stories spawned by the WHO report: Reuters/MSNBC Heart disease, diabetes spreading to poor regions AP/Washington Post…

2 Doctors Without Borders criticizes Gates-backed global vaccine strategy

The global health strategy to expand childhood immunizations, largely backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is too focused on new vaccines and neglects the fundamental need to improve basic public health and immunization programs in poor countries. So says Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), aka Doctors Without Borders, in…

1 Why we need a new and improved World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is in a sorry state these days, by most accounts. It seems to have lost its rudder and is reportedly plagued by a lumbering, highly politicized and fractured membership who can hardly get together on anything. Yet many say the WHO remains critical to our future…

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