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Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO

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POLLUTION. Indian school children wear masks as they sit inside a school cab as schools re-open after three days of closure due to smog, in New Delhi on November 10, 2016. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Harmful exposure can start in the mother’s womb, increasing the risk of premature birth, which can lead to life-long health problems

GENEVA, Switzerland (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than one in 4 deaths in children under 5 are linked to polluted environments, according to two new World Health Organization reports published Monday, March 6. Continue reading Environmental risks kill 1.7M kids under 5 a year – WHO

WHO to better respond to emergencies

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Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, during a special session on Ebola of the Executive Board, at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, January 25, 2015. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The World Health Organization develops a program to better cope with disease outbreaks and health emergencies

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 26, 2016) — Member states of the World Health Organization have agreed a long-awaited reform of the agency so that it responds more quickly and effectively to emergency situations. Continue reading WHO to better respond to emergencies

Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’

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ZIKA OUTBREAK. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on May 23, 2016. Photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The World Health Organization’s Margaret Chan also warns that ‘failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services’ has exacerbated the crisis

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 24, 2016) — The spiraling crisis surrounding the Zika virus is due to decades of policy failures on mosquito control and poor access to family planning services, the World Health Organization said Monday, May 23. Continue reading Zika crisis fueled by ‘massive policy failure’

US reports sexually transmitted case on Zika virus

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DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA
The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies

MIAMI, USA (Feb. 3, 2016) — The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, February 2, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.

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WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

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Dominican Air Force personnel fumigate various locations in Santo Domingo against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, on January 23, 2016 (AFP Photo/Erika Santelices)
The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was “strongly suspected” of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency

Geneva (Feb. 2, 2016) — The UN health body said that a surge in cases of microcephaly — a devastating condition in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and brain — was likely caused by Continue reading WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

WHO mulls global health emergency against Zika virus

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Members of the Dominican Republic’s army fumigate an area as they provide information during a move to prevent propagation of the ‘Aedes Aegypti’ mosquito, believed to be the carrier of the Zika virus, Dengue fever and other diseases, in Guerra, Dominican Republic, January 30, 2016. Orlando Barria/EPA
The World Health Organization is under pressure to act quickly in the fight against Zika, after admitting it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak that ravaged parts of west Africa

GENEVA, Switzerland (Feb. 1, 2016) — The World Health Organization’s emergency committee will on Monday, February 1, debate whether a Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge Continue reading WHO mulls global health emergency against Zika virus

Zika virus ‘spreading explosively’

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FIGHTING THE ZIKA VIRUS. China’s Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks about the Information Session on Zika virus for WHO Member States, during the 138th WHO Executive Board session, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 28, 2016. Photo by Martial Trezzini/EPA
WHO chief Margaret Chan calls for an emergency meeting on February 1 on the outbreak of the virus, which is blamed for the birth defect microcephaly

GENEVA, Switzerland (Jan. 30, 2016) — The Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and the region may see up to 4 million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organization warned Thursday, January 28.

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