The 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva just elected a new director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. But underfunded and over strapped, what does the road ahead look like for the WHO? To answer that question for us in today’s Humanosphere podcast, we caught up with Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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Today the World Health Organization (WHO) voted in a new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, in a contentious and unprecedented election. But yesterday, in her final speech to the World Health Assembly, outgoing Director-General Margaret Chan chose to address the political unrest beyond Geneva that has many questioning the relevance and future of the WHO.
The negative public health impact of expanding industrial animal farming warrants immediate action by the World Health Organization, according to an open letter signed by more than 200 scientists, global health experts and environmental activists.
The more than 1.2 million adolescent deaths each year could be prevented, according to a new report by the World Health Organization. A closer look at the data shows that age, gender and economic status play a role.
Officials with the World Health Organization confirmed an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend. So far, there are at least 19 suspected cases and three deaths since the first infection in late April.
Drug-resistant tuberculosis is projected to spread over the next 20 years in four countries that already have a high burden of the disease: Russia, India, the Philippines and South Africa. The expected rise in cases jeopardizes elimination targets set by the World Health Organization (WHO).
World Health Organization officials said Tuesday that “unprecedented progress” had been made in reducing the spread of neglected tropical diseases in some of the world’s poorest communities.
A recent surge of bird flu infections in humans this season has alarmed scientists and public health officials. Although the risk of sustained transmission between humans remains low, the changing nature of influenza viruses requires close monitoring, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.
The populations most vulnerable to malaria – pregnant women and children in sub-Saharan Africa – have seen markedly greater access to effective malaria control in recent years, according to a new report.
Chinese officials promised this week that they no longer harvest organs from executed prisoners, and their international medical guests seemed eager to believe them.