"The first priority for public health, and this is the priority for WHO, is to protect populations from the harm caused by poor-quality, unsafe medicines," stated Dr. Chan, WHO's Director General in a recent release. "The objective is to keep these harmful products off the market everywhere, but especially in the developing world."
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With a polio outbreak spreading rapidly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN Daily News reports that the Executive Director of UNICEF will visit the country to help support a mass campaign to vaccinate over 14 million children.
Today (Feb. 4) is World Cancer Day. Cancer is a leading cause of death around the world and its incidence continues to rise. The World Health Organization estimates that 84 million people will die of cancer between 2005 and 2015 without intervention.
Evidence shows that 30-40% all cancers deaths can be prevented, and one-third can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment.
No longer a "rich-country" affliction, high cholesterol is now hitting people in middle-income countries in big numbers — but a majority worldwide remains untreated, according to the largest study of the issue ever conducted. (source: Vancouver Sun)
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bill Gates announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed an additional $102 million to support efforts to eradicate Polio. British Prime Minister David Cameron also announced that the United Kingdom would double its current contribution to polio eradication (to a total of 60 million pounds).
An interesting discussion on the global impact of chronic disease at the World Economic Forum 2011 in Davos.
This plenary (moderated by Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN International) is an hour long, but features some very interesting speakers including:
Today, the U.S. government and the government of the Russian Federation, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation (MOHSD), signed a Protocol of Intent on Cooperation for the Global Eradication of Polio.
A new partnership was announced today, injecting additional funding into the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation's (GAVI) efforts to help save millions of children. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation entered into a partnership in which each committed US$ 50 million for immunisation programmes in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A joint venture between U.S. drugmaker Merck and Britain's Wellcome Trust charity is working on an oral rotavirus vaccine designed to be cheaper and easier to use than current shots, as reported by Reuters.
Last year was full of “big events” for public health, including the launch of a new meningitis vaccine and an aggressive new strategy for polio eradication, the head of the United Nations health agency said today, while stressing the need to ensure that progress is maintained in the year ahead. (UN Daily News)