Global food safety standards body issues new guidance

28 June 2016 – The international food standards-setting body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, is meeting to discuss guidelines and standards for a range of issues, including the control of Salmonella in beef and pork, food hygiene to control foodborne parasites, nutrient reference values for food package nutrition labels, safety of food additives, pesticide residues in food, and arsenic levels in rice. The Codex is also considering its future work on antimicrobial resistance.

Containing outbreaks in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

22 June 2016 – On 20 June the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Health declared a yellow fever epidemic. Angola has reported close to 3000 suspected yellow fever cases. Despite extensive mass vaccination campaigns circulation of the virus persists. These photo stories illustrate the diagnosis and care of yellow fever patients and how WHO is working with the Ministries of Health to contain the outbreak.

Health advice for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

21 June 2016 – WHO, today, releases health advice for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games geared towards national health authorities and health workers. The health advice gives measures travellers can take to be as safe as possible from any public health risk. WHO provides advice and support to host governments preparing for mass gathering events, including major sporting, religious, and cultural events.

New data initiative for risk factors of noncommunicable diseases

21 June 2016 – A new initiative, called Data for Health, is helping WHO to conduct household surveys on risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Morocco and Zambia initially, with an 4 additional countries to be selected in the coming months. Using mobile phones, this initiative will help health authorities to establish baseline data and build strong information collection systems for all NCD-related health issues.

New technologies prequalified for detecting HIV in infants

20 June 2016 – WHO has prequalified 2 new innovative technologies for early infant diagnosis of HIV that will allow many more infants to be diagnosed quickly and placed on life-saving treatment. The products can be used to diagnose infants in as little as an hour, instead of sending a sample to a laboratory, which can take weeks or months to return a result.

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Highlights

  • WHO condemns attacks on multiple health facilities in Benghazi, Libya
    June 2016 -- Recent attacks on health facilities in Libya violate international humanitarian law, representing a serious setback for the affected community and an additional challenge to humanitarian work in Libya. It is estimated that nearly 60% of public hospitals in conflict areas in Libya have shut down or are inaccessible.
  • Research and development blueprint to prevent epidemics
    June 2016 -- WHO's research and development blueprint is a global strategy that accelerates lifesaving R&D during epidemics. The strategy aims to fast-track the availability of effective tests, vaccines and medicines when they are most needed in emergency situations.
  • Antiretroviral therapy reduces risk of life-threatening infections from HIV
    June 2016 -- Two new WHO studies confirm that HIV-related deaths can be dramatically reduced in both adults and children if access to antiretroviral therapy is provided as soon as possible, regardless of the stage of HIV infection. Opportunistic infections are the major cause of death for people with HIV.
  • Launch of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report
    June 2016 --The Global Nutrition Report examines the world’s nutrition and the efforts to improve it. It assesses progress in meeting Global Nutrition Targets established by the World Health Assembly, and provides current information from global, regional and country perspectives. WHO is a Global Nutrition Report Partner.

Zika virus and complications

After a spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome associated with Zika virus, WHO declared a public health emergency.

Commentaries

Breastfeeding in emergencies: a question of survival

"Humanitarian organizations must protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in emergencies."

Dr Francesco Branca, WHO Director of Nutrition for Health and Development, and
Mr Werner Schultink, Chief of Nutrition, UNICEF


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