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73rd World Health Assembly Decisions

The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have adopted a number of decisions to advance global public health that had been proposed to the 73rd World Health Assembly in May 2020, via a "Written Silence Procedure". The proposals relate to: strengthening global immunization efforts; cervical cancer prevention and control; a global strategy for tuberculosis research and innovation; ey...

WHO Information Notice for Users of Medical Devices 2020/3

Date : 7 August 2020 Subject: Substandard/Falsified medical devices and personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic WHO-identifier: 2020/3, version 1 Type of action: Advice to users of medical devices and PPE used for prevention, treatment and care for COVID-19. Attention : Users of medical devices and PPE [1] , procurement entities and customs officials, nati...

WHO statement on heated tobacco products and the US FDA decision regarding IQOS

WHO takes this opportunity to remind Member States that are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) of their obl i gations under the Convention. Heated tobacco products are tobacco products, meaning that the WHO FCTC fully applies to these products. (Decision FCTC/COP8(22)) Specifically, Article 13.4(a) obliges Parties, to prohibit "all forms of tobacco advertising, prom...

WHO, WIPO, WTO launch updated study on access to medical technologies and innovation

The second edition provides an improved basis for policy debate and informed decision-making at a critical time for global health.

Call for expressions of interest: Systematic reviews on dose optimization of the first-line TB medicines

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Programme has initiated a process for the collection and assessment of evidence on whether the dosing of rifampicin, isoniazid, ethambutol and pyrazinamide requires further optimization to safely improve treatment success and reduce unfavourable treatment outcomes in TB patients on first-line treatment regimens.

Eleven New Psychoactive Substances to be considered for international control by 43rd ECDD

Eleven New Psychoactive Substances to be considered for international control by 43rd ECDD

Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative Updates

July 2020 Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative related news

Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative Updates

July 2020 Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative related news

#EndTB Webinar: From Policy to Practice: Rolling out new WHO guidelines on rapid diagnostics and drug-resistant TB treatment

A special #EndTB Webinar organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide key updates on recently released new WHO guidance on rapid diagnostics and drug-resistant TB treatment. The aim of the webinar is to facilitate better understanding of the guidance to enable its rapid uptake in countries by national programmes and other key stakeholders. This will translate to earlier access to q...

WHO and partners to help more than 1 billion people quit tobacco to reduce risk of COVID-19

GENEVA — A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco aims to help the world's 1.3 billion tobacco users quit. Stopping smoking is more important than ever as evidence reveals that smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have severe outcomes from COVID-19. The project gives people free access to nicotine replacement therapy and to Florence, a digital health worker, based on artificial intelli...

WHO and partners to help more than 1 billion people quit tobacco to reduce risk of COVID-19

GENEVA — A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco aims to help the world's 1.3 billion tobacco users quit. Stopping smoking is more important than ever as evidence reveals that smokers are more likely than non-smokers to have severe outcomes from COVID-19. The project gives people free access to nicotine replacement therapy and to Florence, a digital health worker, based on artificial intelli...

UN Public Service Day

Honouring the public servants who have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether working in healthcare or delivering essential services in the areas of sanitation, social welfare, education, postal delivery, transport, law enforcement, and more, public servants globally have continued to work in the community as many people shelter at home, risking their lives to ensure our...

WHO experts to travel to China

WHO experts will travel to China to work together with their Chinese counterparts to prepare scientific plans for identifying the zoonotic source of the SARS-COV-2 virus. The experts will develop the scope and TOR for a WHO-led international mission. Identifying the origin of emerging viral disease has proven complex in past epidemics in different countries. A well planned series of scientific re...