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Malaria deaths among children under five halved since 2000

Malaria deaths among children under five halved since 2000

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The number of children under five dying from malaria dropped by half between 2000 and 2012, to under half a million, according to the World Health Organization.
Ananth Baliga

WHO issues HIV treatment recommendations

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 30 (UPI) -- New HIV treatment guidelines issued by the World Health Organization recommend offering anti-retroviral therapy earlier to help patients live longer lives.
Third of women worldwide experience intimate partner violence

Third of women worldwide experience intimate partner violence

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 21 (UPI) -- About a third of all women worldwide will experience either intimate partner or non-partner violence, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
WHO: Health officials must collaborate on health threats

WHO: Health officials must collaborate on health threats

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 22 (UPI) -- An international collaboration, like the effort that staved off the SARS virus 10 years ago is needed now, the head of the World Health Organization says.
Syria's Assad signs amnesty decree for certain crimes

Syria's Assad signs amnesty decree for certain crimes

DAMASCUS, Syria, April 16 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad Tuesday issued a decree granting amnesty for certain crimes, government-run news agency SANA reported.
WHO: Emergency plan for polio eradication

WHO: Emergency plan for polio eradication

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 24 (UPI) -- Funding shortages forced the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to scale back vaccination in 24 high-risk countries, officials meeting in Switzerland said.

WHO stresses health among elderly

UNITED NATIONS, April 7 (UPI) -- U.N. officials marked World Health Day Saturday by emphasizing the importance of helping elderly people stay healthy as they age.

WHO: Mental illness guide helps therapy

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An intervention guide facilitates the management of depression, alcohol use disorders and other mental disorders, World Health Organization officials say.

WHO: Swine flu pandemic winding down

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The H1N1 strain of influenza virus, popularly known as swine flu, appears to have run its course, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
WHO: Premature to say H1N1 has peaked

WHO: Premature to say H1N1 has peaked

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- It is premature to conclude that all parts of the world have experienced peak transmission of H1N1, World Health Organization officials in Switzerland say.
Weak infrastructure makes disasters worse

Weak infrastructure makes disasters worse

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- If infrastructures are weak the vulnerability of populations to disasters is vastly increased, the head of the World Health Organization said in Switzerland.

WHO: H1N1 flu spreading, 'unstoppable'

CANCUN, Mexico, July 3 (UPI) -- The head of the World Health Organization said the spread of the swine flu worldwide is unstoppable.
Putin takes aim at alcohol addiction

Putin takes aim at alcohol addiction

NOVO-OGAREVO, Russia, June 26 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin put the emphasis on alcohol addiction and smoking Friday as key targets to achieve a healthy nation.
WHO: World at start of N1H1 pandemic

WHO: World at start of N1H1 pandemic

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 11 (UPI) -- The world is at the beginning of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, the World Health Organization director general said in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday.
H1N1 cases near 10,000 worldwide

H1N1 cases near 10,000 worldwide

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 19 (UPI) -- Forty countries have officially reported 9,830 cases of H1N1 flu, including 79 deaths, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, said Tuesday.
Swine flu-HIV could devastate human race

Swine flu-HIV could devastate human race

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- The global swine flu threat is receding, but it could return in a far more deadly form in the fall.
MARTIN SIEFF

Measles deaths drop globally by 74 percent

ATLANTA, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 percent from 2000 to 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to 197,000, U.S. and U.N. officials said.

WHO: Social injustice kills on grand scale

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale, said the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health in Switzerland.

Group calls for child-sized meds

LONDON, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization kicked off a campaign in London calling for more medicines tailored to children's needs.

Measles deaths decline in Africa

UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The Measles Initiative said Thursday it has met the goals set by the United Nations to eradicate the disease in Africa four years ahead of schedule.

Global 'public health security' needed

GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- More global cooperation is needed to identify and stop the spread of diseases to ensure public health security, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

WHO reforms virus sharing

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 23 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization is trying to reform the system for sharing virus samples and to ensure equitable access to bird flu vaccines.

WHO head worries about bird flu pandemic

GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The new World Health Organization chief said bird flu remains a global threat and noted that reports show outbreaks have increased recently.

Chan nominated for top WHO position

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization has nominated Dr. Margaret Chan of China to become the U.N. agency's next director general.

Five on WHO director general shortlist

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization has narrowed its shortlist of candidates for the post of director general to five finalists.
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