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Summary: 1st WHO essential diagnostic list focusing on mainly communicable diseases with a recommendation to include more NCDs in a future edition. PHC and facility level essential package.   Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson Improving NCDs diagnosis & treatment outcomes Today, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly…

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world. New data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. Updated estimations reveal the alarming death toll of 7 million people every…

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. An award is given to each selected person or organization recognizing their outstanding contribution to tobacco control. There are two types of awards granted every year: the Certificate of appreciation and the DG…

As you will be aware, the draft 13th WHO General Programme of Work 2019-2023 (GPW) is now available online in six languages. The draft GPW was developed taking into account feedback received on a concept note through public consultations. The current draft will be discussed at a Special Session of WHO’s Executive Board on 22 and…

WHO GCM/NCD Newsletter   The World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Office of the President of Uruguay, and the Ministry of Health of Uruguay organized the Global Conference on NCDs on how to enhance policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target…

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the newly appointed WHO Director-General came under fire from NGOs and the public after his appointment of dictatorial Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe to the WHO Goodwill Ambassador on October 19th. This placement was then rescinded by the Director-General on October 22nd due to the mounting pressure against him and the WHO….

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