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July, 2020

  • 11 July

    WHO and partners to help more than 1 billion people quit tobacco to reduce risk of COVID-19

    -Editorial A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco aims to help the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users quit. Stopping smoking is more important than ever as evidence reveals that smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have severe outcomes from COVID-19. The project gives people free access to nicotine replacement …

  • 9 July

    Countries failing to prevent violence against children

    -Editorial Half of the world’s children, or approximately 1 billion children each year are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence, suffering injuries, disabilities, and death, because countries have failed to follow established strategies to protect them. This is according to a new report published today by the World Health …

  • 5 July

    Coronavirus and pregnancy – preserving maternal health across the European Region

    -Editorial The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many health systems to the brink, resulting in non-urgent care being deprioritized to make way for thousands of COVID-19 patients. However, there are some areas that cannot wait, and one of them is maternal health. Reductions in access to and use of essential maternal …

  • 1 July

    WHO Discusses the Last Six-Months of COVID-19

    -Editorial This week marks six months since the World Health Organization received the first reports of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown causes in China. The six-month anniversary of the outbreak coincides with reaching 10 million cases and 500,000 deaths. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that even when …

June, 2020

  • 27 June

    Digital Health Empowering People

    -Editorial Globally, with 9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 400,000 deaths reported to WHO, the pandemic continues to accelerate, with a record number of new coronavirus cases reported on Sunday, with 183,020 confirmed in 24 hours. Over 2.5 million cases have been reported from Europe. While the European Region …

  • 25 June

    IOC joins forces with WHO and the United Nations to fight COVID-19

    -Editorial On Olympic Day, 23 June 2020, the International Olympic Committee and WHO together with the United Nations launch a partnership to encourage individuals and communities around the world to be #HEALTHYTogether. The three partners and Olympic athletes will spotlight the global collaboration needed to stay healthy and reduce the spread and …

  • 22 June

    WHO Says Influenza Needs to Be Addressed

    -Editorial While the world is seeing an increase in cases of COVID-19, influenza needs to be addressed also. The World Health Organization warned that the influenza season is coming and countries need to be alert. “It took more than 2 months for the first 100,000 cases to be reported. For …

  • 16 June

    WHO welcomes preliminary results about dexamethasone use in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients

    -Editorial The World Health Organization welcomes the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom that show dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with COVID-19. For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring …

  • 9 June

    PAHO issues guidance to reduce COVID-19 transmission among indigenous, afro-descendant groups

    -Editorial The Pan American Health Organization has published a guide with recommendations on measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission among indigenous populations, Afro-descendants, and other ethnic groups. These focus on promoting hygiene, social distancing, and improving access to basic health services in their communities. The PAHO guidance notes that these groups …

  • 5 June

    WHO welcomes crucial new funding for vaccines

    -Editorial WHO welcomes funding commitments made at this week’s Global Vaccine Summit, hosted virtually by the UK government. The Summit is Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance’s third pledging conference, and follows the successful Berlin summit in January 2015. The new pledges will enable Gavi to protect the next generation and reduce disease inequality by reaching …