World health – Health

World health – Health – Brief Article

The World Food Program and the Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS formally joined forces yesterday at a signing ceremony in Rome to fight the vicious cycle of hunger and rising HIV/AIDS rates.

MENINGITIS: A U.N.-led partnership is providing 3 million doses of low-cost meningitis vaccine in record time, according to a United Nations statement.

POLIO: India has launched the largest polio vaccination campaign ever, using more than 1.3 million vaccination teams to attempt to immunize 165 million children, UNICEF reported.

VIOLENCE: The World Health Organization and Jordan’s National Council for Family Affairs presented the Arabic translation of a groundbreaking report on violence as a global health problem. Queen Rania, president of the family affairs council, helped launch the new version as part of a two-day workshop on violence prevention that paid special attention to domestic violence.

Cataracts: Nearly 10 years after the death of eye surgeon Fred Hollows, his work has enabled 1 million people to have their sight restored after experiencing cataract blindness, the Fred Hollows Foundation said marking the 10th anniversary of Hollows’ death.

TOBACCO: If developing nations want to avert a dramatic rise in smoking-related deaths, they must raise taxes on tobacco, restrict cigarette advertising and fund education campaigns, World Health Organization Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland told attendees at a tobacco control conference in Brussels..

HIV/AIDS: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan has named former Pan American Health Organization Director George Alleyne as his special envoy on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region, announced by the United Nations.

FOOD CONTAMINATION: The World Health Organizations new guidelines help countries better defend their food supplies against terrorist attacks and to respond if such an attack occurs.

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