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WHO calls on the world to “Gear up to End TB”

WHO News - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 19:45
As countries mark World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, WHO is calling for “global solidarity and action” to support a new 20-year strategy, which aims to end the global tuberculosis epidemic.

Recent years have seen tremendous progress in the fight against TB, with over 37 million lives saved, but much more needs to be done. In 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB, almost half a million of whom have a multi-drug resistant disease which is far harder to treat. An estimated 1.5 million people still die of tuberculosis each year.

Pembukaan Rekrutmen Tenaga Pengumpul Data Rikhus Vektora

B2P2VRP Salatiga - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:40

Salatiga - Badan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Kesehatan dengan penanggung jawab Balai Besar Penelitian dan Pengembangan Vektor dan Reservoir Penyakit Salatiga akan mengadakan riset berskala nasional khusus (Rikhus VEKTORA) terkait studi mengenai vektor dan reservoir penyakit. Riset tersebut dilakukan dengan mengumpulkan sampel nyamuk (vektor), serta tikus dan kelelawar (reservoir) dari 34 Provinsi di Indonesia dalam 3 tahap. Tahun 2015 pada 7 Provinsi meliputi Sumatera Selatan, Jawa Tengah, Jawa Timur, Kalimantan Selatan, Sulawesi Tengah, Nusa Tenggara Timur dan Papua. Tahun 2016-2017 akan dilaksanakan secara berurutan sehingga mencakup 34 Provinsi di Indonesia. Pelaksanaan pengumpulan data di lapangan pada tahun 2015 akan dilakukan dari bulan Mei s.d Juni 2015.

Guna mendukung kegiatan tersebut, kami sedang dalam proses untuk merekrut anggota tim pengumpul data untuk ditempatkan di 7 Provinsi tersebut di atas (persyaratan terlampir). Bagi yang berminat untuk mendaftar dapat langsung datang ke B2P2VRP Jalan Hasanudin 123 Salatiga pada tanggal 19 Maret s.d 8 April 2015, pukul 09.00 WIB s.d selesai untuk mengikuti serangkaian kegiatan seleksi.

WHO Director-General addresses tobacco conference

WHO Director-General Speeches - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 16:00
Thank you. I always enjoy attending these conferences as this group of participants is so strongly united in purpose, so vocal in articulating its views and the evidence behind them, and so determined to reduce addiction to a deadly product.

Also, participants are never alone in these conferences, never without an attentive external audience looking to see the next trends in the battle between tobacco or health.

Tobacco use declining but major intensification needed in reduction and control efforts

WHO News - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:45
New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO.

Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focussing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.

WHO press releases on Ebola

WHO News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:53


WHO statements on Ebola

WHO News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 23:53


Typhoid fever – Uganda

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 17:01
On 24 February 2015, the Ministry of Health of Uganda notified WHO of a typhoid fever outbreak.

The outbreak started in Kampala City at the beginning of 2015. As of 5 March 2015, a total of 1940 suspected cases have been reported. From the first epicentre in downtown Kampala, the outbreak has now spread to all divisions in the capital city and to neighbouring districts. The most affected groups are young males aged between 20 and 39 years. The majority of cases work in the business sector or as casual labourers. Food and juice vendors and cooks are also affected, hence the potential for wide spread of the disease. At the beginning of the outbreak Salmonella Typhi was laboratory-confirmed in 4 of 16 tested specimens. Further specimens have been tested during the outbreak identifying 5 isolates of Salmonella paratyphi group A. Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection. The majority of water sources that have been tested were heavily contaminated with Escherichia coli and fecal matter.

Governments commit to advancements in dementia research and care

WHO News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:00
At the WHO-hosted Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland today announced that over US$ 100 million will be invested in a pioneering new global Dementia Discovery Fund. Major pharmaceutical companies have committed in principle to investing in promising research efforts for dementia through the project, along with the nongovernmental organization Alzheimer’s Research UK and the United Kingdom Government. The announcement was welcomed as the type of innovative mechanism that could bring about a breakthrough in treatment.

At this WHO Conference, supported by the Department of Health of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 80 countries joined experts from the research, clinical and advocacy communities to discuss how, collectively, they could move forward action on dementia at the global level.

Opening remarks at the First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action against Dementia

WHO Director-General Speeches - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:00
Honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished scientists, colleagues in the UN system, representatives of civil society organizations and foundations, ladies and gentlemen,

I thank the government of the United Kingdom, and particularly the Secretary of State, for taking a leadership role on dementia and for supporting us in organizing this first-ever ministerial conference. I thank OECD for their technical support.

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