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WHO calls on the world to ‘Gear up to End TB’ 


The World Health Organisation has called for ‘global solidarity action’ to support a new 20-year strategy aimed at ending the global tuberculosis epidemic, as countries mark World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.

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Tobacco use ‘declining but action needed to control efforts’



Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to the new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which will run till March 21.

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Health top focus at WHO disaster risk forum

Protecting people's health is at the centre of a framework for global action that opened today (March 14) in Sendai, Japan to reduce the risks of disasters. The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Re

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240m people infected with hepatitis B virus: WHO

About 240 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis B virus with the highest rates of infection in Africa and Asia, according to World Health Organisation (WHO). People with chronic hepatitis B infection, which spreads throu

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WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake

A new guideline from the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10 per cent of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5 per cent or roughly 2

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1bn teenagers at risk of hearing loss due to loud music

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and s

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Watch out for nasty global flu surprises, WHO warns

The world remains highly vulnerable to a possible severe flu pandemic and governments should increase surveillance, vigilance and preparedness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. "Nothing about influenza is predi

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WHO calls for worldwide use of ‘smart’ syringes

Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases, said a top official of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “This sh

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WHO approves breakthrough 15-minute Ebola test

The World Health Organization has approved the first rapid test for Ebola in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa, it said. The test, developed by US firm Corgenix Med

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WHO still concerned about spread of Saudi Mers virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it remained worried about the spread of Mers, a respiratory disease that has infected and killed hundreds of people, overwhelmingly in Saudi Arabia. In an update issued after a meeting of i

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