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# World Health Organisation

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November 2023
WHO makes official request to China for information on rise in illnesses and pneumonia clusters
Both Sars and Covid-19 were first reported as unusual types of pneumonia.
Ceasefire would be 'the best medicine for the children of Gaza', WHO's Mike Ryan says
The head of the WHO’s health emergencies programme said “so many children” have lost parents during the conflict.
Babies evacuated from Al-Shifa receive urgent care; remaining patients in ‘desperate’ situation
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the babies were moved in a joint operation with UN staff and the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.
In an update this evening, Gaza's Hamas government said the death toll in Gaza has now reached 13,000.
The WHO led a "high risk" joint humanitarian mission to the hospital yesterday, which Israeli troops raided earlier this week.
A Gaza health official said more than 80 people were killed yesterday in twin strikes on Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.
Schools shut across India's capital as toxic smog engulfs the city
Levels of the most dangerous PM2.5 particles – so tiny they can enter the bloodstream – are almost 35 times the daily maximum recommended by the WHO.
This year
'Smell of death' pervades Gaza hospitals, says WHO's Mike Ryan
12 of Gaza’s 35 hospitals have been forced to close.
WHO's Mike Ryan says agreed convoy of 20 aid trucks for Gaza 'is a drop in the ocean of need'
Mike Ryan said the 20 lorries is “a drop in the ocean of need right now” in the enclave.
Hospitals in Gaza on the brink of collapse as power set to run out in matter of hours
The regional head of the World Health Organisation has said that Gaza has only “24 hours of water, electricity and fuel left”.
Soft drink sweetener aspartame ‘possibly carcinogenic', says WHO
The acceptable daily intake level remains unchanged.
FactFind: What is the Pandemic Treaty? And will it erode national sovereignty?
The first 50 results on Twitter for “pandemic treaty” rail against it, claiming it wrests control of the food supply, or that the UN will arrest and forcibly vaccinate people.
WHO declares an end to Covid-19 global health emergency
The coronavirus outbreak killed at least seven million people worldwide – and health chiefs stressed that the pandemic is not over.
The World Health Organisation has said Covid-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency.
The announcement marks a symbolic end to the devastating coronavirus pandemic that triggered once-unthinkable lockdowns.
The WHO said that even though the emergency phase is over, the pandemic has not come to an end.
HSE kept recruiting nurses from African countries added to WHO list of vulnerable workforces
The Vice President of Zimbabwe has called international recruitment of healthcare workers a crime against humanity.
China records first human death from H3N8 bird flu, WHO says
The woman who died was a 56-year-old from Guangdong province in southeast China.
China defends search for source of Covid-19 after 'offensive' WHO criticism
The director of the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said research is “always shared”.
Eight new cases of Marburg disease confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, WHO says
There are two known current outbreaks of Marburg on the African continent.
WHO describes bird flu situation as 'worrying' after death of an infected girl in Cambodia
The girl’s father has also tested positive for the virus, prompting fears that the virus could have been transmitted between humans.
Three years on, WHO says Covid-19 is still a global emergency
The WHO first declared a so-called public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020.
WHO panel debates Covid's emergency status and whether pandemic merits highest level of alert
The outcome will be issued early next week.
Last year
Majority of countries to miss targets for decreasing cervical cancer
Ireland had a 3% increase in cervical cancer between 1988 and 2017, one of the highest in the world.
Uganda declares first Ebola death since 2019
Uganda has experienced several Ebola outbreaks in the past, most recently in 2019 when at least five died.
'Not the only transmission route': Calling monkeypox an STI may create false sense of security
Speaking to The Explainer podcast, Dr Cillian de Gascun said it should not be overlooked that household contacts and healthcare workers are also at risk.
WHO to decide whether monkeypox is global health emergency
Nearly 14,000 cases have been reported from more than 70 countries
WHO to decide if monkeypox is a global emergency as Ireland records 10 more cases
The WHO decided in June against declaring such an emergency but will reconvene next week amid rising cases.
WHO chief calls US abortion ruling a 'setback’ that will cost lives
The World Health Organisation’s director-general said safe abortion should be understood as healthcare.
More than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported globally, says WHO
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said it has been notified of seven confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ireland.
780 monkeypox outbreak cases confirmed worldwide, says WHO
The 780 cases all come from countries where the virus is not endemic.
Monkeypox: ECDC says risk to wider population is 'low' but that countries should prepare
As of Saturday, there were 92 confirmed cases of the disease in countries where monkeypox is not endemic.
Rare monkeypox outbreaks detected in Europe and North America
Britain has confirmed nine cases of the virus since 6 May, and the United States verified its first on Wednesday.
Ireland among European countries that lifted Covid measures too 'brutally', WHO says
WHO Europe director Hans Kluge said a rise in cases of the virus in Europe is likely due to the more transmissible BA2 variant.
Netherlands to ease Covid restrictions from today as WHO says Omicron risk remains 'very high'
Bars, restaurants and museums in the country will be allowed to reopen from today.
WHO chief warns against talk of ‘endgame’ in pandemic
His comments come after Dr David Nabarro said the virus should not be likened to the flu.
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Explainer: What we know about Omicron and how effective booster shots might be
A new study from Imperial College London found that boosters are key to mitigating the impact of the variant.
EU watchdog says Omicron 'mostly mild' as WHO warns on vaccine hoarding
The European Medicines Agency also said that early data suggested the new variant is more infectious than Delta.
Omicron shows need for global accord on pandemics, says WHO chief
A virtual meeting of the UN’s health agency is seeking to devise a global action plan for tackling future pandemics.
Covid-19 pandemic is 'far from finished', says WHO
Just 14 vaccine doses have been administered per 100 people in Africa.
Africa detecting just one in seven Covid-19 cases, WHO study finds
The UN plans to increase rapid diagnostic testing in eight African countries.
Climate change the biggest single health threat facing humanity, warns WHO
Burning of fossil fuels is killing us, UN health body warns ahead of Cop26 summit.
Covid pandemic is not over despite positive developments, Mike Ryan warns
Ryan said today that masks will remain a key part of life for a long time to come.
China rejects need for further WHO coronavirus origins probe
Pressure is mounting on Beijing to consider a fresh investigation.
WHO sees 'likely' link between Covid mRNA vaccines and rare heart condition
The inflammations were found to be “very rare”.
Decision on vaccine surplus 'up to Ireland', says WHO special envoy
However, he said the WHO’s view is that surplus vaccines should just be used “to prevent severe illness and death among people at risk”.