Tag: World Health Organization

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Afghanistan Vows End to Using ‘Virginity Exams’ to Arrest Girls and Women

A new measure unveiled in Afghanistan in July to prohibit government health personnel from performing “invasive and medically meaningless vaginal and anal exams” on women and girls to ascertain whether they are “virgins” is a step in the right direction to protect women’s rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week in a statement welcoming the policy.

A motocycle drives past the entrance of the Wangata Reference Hospital in Mbandaka, northwest of DR Congo on May 20, 2018

Families Steal Ebola Patients from Hospital in DR Congo

International public health authorities confirmed 52 cases and 22 deaths in the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo this week, where locals’ fear that medical professionals are intentionally spreading the disease has triggered at least two cases of families stealing patients out of hospitals.

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At Least 19 Dead in Latest Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has documented 19 deaths and 39 potential or confirmed cases of Ebola beginning on April 4, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which deployed extensive medical assets to the country this week in the hope of preventing a devastating outbreak on the scale of the one that ravaged West Africa in 2014.

A Syrian man mourns after an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in Syria. At least 78 civilians, including women and children, died according to the initial findings. Photo by Mohammed Hassan/UPI

World Health Organization: 500 Patients with Chemical Symptoms in Syria, Over 70 Dead

The World Health Organization published a statement on Wednesday saying it was “deeply alarmed” by reports of chemical weapons deployment in Syria. WHO said it has received reports from partners in the Douma area that roughly 500 patients have been treated for symptoms consistent with toxic exposure, while over 70 deaths were reported from the attack, 43 of them apparently caused by toxic chemical exposure.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley made a sharp speech at the U.N.’s Human Rights Council Tuesday, calling on the body to fix its “chronic” anti-Israel bias, and calling on Venezuela to step down from the council if it will not end its human rights abuses.

Haley: Trump’s Proposed Cuts Have Sent ‘Shockwaves’ Through the UN

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley defended the Trump administration’s plan to drastically cut America’s spending on the UN Tuesday, telling a House subcommittee that the proposed cuts had sent “shockwaves” through the body — and that such cuts had put the UN “on notice.”

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Trump Administration Goes to War Against Ebola, But Demands Budget Cuts

The Trump Administration’s is going to war to prevent an epidemic from a new strain of Ebola hemorrhagic fever that can be spread by animals, but Trump’s team demands that the World Health Organization to follow the U.S. with budget cuts and greater efficiencies.

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65 Test Positive for TB at Texas Border Senior Center

An uncomfortably high number of positive tests results for tuberculosis came back to a west Texas border senior day care center, putting city health officials on alert as they monitor the cases to see if any show signs of active TB.

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Texas University Researchers Lead Zika Border Project

Two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) professors will lead Zika research along the Texas-Mexico border as part of a multi-institutional consortium to establish a Western Gulf Center for Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases. They hope to create an early warning system to curtail the spread of the virus.

Buses are seen during an evacuation operation of Syrian rebel fighters and civilians from a opposition-held area of Aleppo towards rebel-held territory in the west of Aleppo's province on December 16, 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of …

Evacuation Buses Enter East Aleppo: Syrian State Media

Evacuation buses have started to enter the last insurgent-held enclave of east Aleppo under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Cross, Syrian state news agency SANA said.

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Research Indicates Israeli Men Live Longer Due to Military Service

With a projected lifespan of nearly 81 years, Israeli men enjoy one of the highest life expectancies in the world. Some researchers believe the country’s mandatory military service is indirectly responsible for the public health phenomenon.

An injured Nepalese woman arrives on stretcher to be treated at the Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu on May 1, 2015, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25. Desperate survivors living at ground zero of Nepal's earthquake felt abandoned to their fate after losing …

Israeli Field Hospital May Be Recognized as World’s Best

Israel’s military field hospital, regularly dispatched to disaster zones to provide humanitarian relief — and to win the Jewish state some rare international brownie points — may soon be awarded the World Health Organization’s highest ranking, which would make it the first in the world to be so recognized.

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Hurricane Matthew to Spread Zika ‘Danger Zone’ up East Coast

When Hurricane Matthew strikes Florida, it is expected to boost the volume of Zika-infected mosquitos in the U.S., wipe out the effectiveness of anti-Zika pesticide spraying, and potentially spread the so-called Zika “danger zone” up the East Coast.

Smoke billows following the detonation of explosives placed by Syrian government forces inside a tunnel that was reportedly used by rebels in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on May 19, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GEORGE OURFALIAN (Photo credit should read GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Government Launches Aleppo Blitz

Syrian government forces and their allies attacked the opposition-held sector of Aleppo on several fronts on Tuesday, the biggest ground assault yet in a massive new campaign that has destroyed a U.S.-backed ceasefire.