World Health Organization

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.

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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…

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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:…

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2 The weird adventures of VacciBoy and ImmuGirl

The World Health Organization has a media campaign using cartoon super heroes to promote vaccination. In case you weren’t aware, this week was declared by WHO to be Vaccination Week. So here they are, VacciBoy and ImmuGirl, gaining their superpowers by drinking liquids they discovered on the counter of a…

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