Tag: World Health Organization

Taliban Allow Polio Vaccine Program to Restart in Afghanistan

In an effort to eradicate polio and boost health measures for children in Afghanistan, the Taliban government has agreed to restart a door-to-door vaccination program next month, and will allow women to be frontline workers in the drive, health officials announced on Tuesday. The announcement, by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund, […]

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W.H.O. Will Announce New Team to Study Coronavirus Origins

The new committee, known as the Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens, will differ in several respects from the team that the W.H.O. sent to China. Because that team visited Wuhan, China had considerable influence over its membership. That is not the case for the new committee, a permanent panel that Dr. […]

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A New Malaria Vaccine Marks a Critical Moment for Africa

Like many who work in public health, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, I’ve been waiting my whole career for a malaria vaccine. And even longer than that: I suffered from severe malaria when I was 10. The World Health Organization has now endorsed the first vaccine as a complementary tool for widespread use among children in […]

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As International Travel Returns, Confusion Over Coronavirus Vaccines Reigns

In the initial stages of vaccination rollouts in the spring, some countries offered mixed doses of vaccines because of supply shortages. In Canada, at least 3.9 million people received two different shots and are now facing travel restrictions because many countries, including the U.S., only consider people with two identical doses fully vaccinated. “For Canadians, […]

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Africans Welcome New Malaria Vaccine. But Is It a ‘Game Changer’?

“The vaccine saves lives but it will not be a silver bullet,” said Dr. Githinji Gitahi, the chief executive officer for Amref Health Africa, a nongovernmental organization. The vaccine, called Mosquirix, targets the deadliest malaria parasite and the most common in Africa — Plasmodium falciparum. While the vaccines are a “huge addition to the fight” […]

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A ‘Historical Event’: W.H.O. Approves the First Malaria Vaccine

Called Mosquirix, the new vaccine is given in three doses between ages 5 and 17 months, and a fourth dose roughly 18 months later. Following the clinical trials, the vaccine was tried out in three countries — Kenya, Malawi and Ghana — where it was incorporated into routine immunization programs. More than 2.3 million doses […]

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As Need in Afghanistan Grows Dire, Aid Groups Plead for Help

KABUL, Afghanistan — The health care system in Afghanistan is on the brink of collapse, international aid groups warned this week, threatening to deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis just as temperatures begin dropping. Thousands of health care facilities have run out of essential medicines. Afghan doctors have not been paid in two months, with no […]

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W.H.O. Workers Abused Women on Mission in Congo, Inquiry Finds

Doctors and other staff members working for the World Health Organization to render aid during an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused or exploited women and girls there, a commission appointed by the head of the agency reported on Tuesday. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the agency’s director general, apologized directly to […]

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