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Lebanon’s crisis threatening children’s health

“With Lebanon’s health system being stretched to breaking point by so many crises, impoverished families can no longer afford to even access basic health care for their children – as many dedicated health workers struggle to keep operations running during

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World Bank Helps Bhutan Scale up COVID 19 Vaccination

The World Bank last week approved $10 million to help Bhutan scale up its vaccination program against COVID 19, including providing booster doses to the eligible population.

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Child immunization programme reaches Rohingya refugee children on Bhasan Char island

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George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, inoculates a Rohingya refugee baby with the polio vaccine on 21 April 2022, launching the routine immunization programme in Bhasan Char.

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New Ebola outbreak declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Health workers put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before entering an Ebola quarantine zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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First case of HIV cure in a woman after stem cell transplantation reported at CROI-2022

The International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network (IMPAACT) P1107 reported the first case of HIV cure in a woman living with HIV submitted to a dual stem cell transplant (i.e., an umbilical cord blood transplant combined with a half-matched bone marrow transplant) for treatment of an acute myelogenous leukemia. The IMPAACT P1107 researchers presented the case details during the oral abstract session held at the 29th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2022). The study participant is a woman from New York (USA) who stopped antiretroviral therapy (ART) at 37 months post-transplant and has had no HIV detected for 14 months. The dual stem cell therapy also led to remission from leukemia that she developed in 2017.

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WHO establishes the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

Maximizing potential of traditional medicines through modern science and technology

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of India on 25, March 2022 signed an agreement to establish the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. This global knowledge centre for traditional medicine, supported by an investment of USD 250 million from the Government of India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology to improve the health of people and the planet.

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WHO establishes the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India

Maximizing potential of traditional medicines through modern science and technology

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of India signed an agreement to establish the WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine, on March 25th. This global knowledge centre for traditional medicine, supported by an investment of USD 250 million from the Government of India, aims to harness the potential of traditional medicine from across the world through modern science and technology to improve the health of people and the planet.

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On World TB day WHO calls for increased investments into TB services and research

Release of updated guidance on management of TB in children and adolescents

On World TB Day, WHO calls for an urgent investment of resources, support, care and information into the fight against tuberculosis (TB). Although 66 million lives have been saved since 2000, the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed those gains. For the first time in over a decade, TB deaths increased in 2020. Ongoing conflicts across Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East have further exacerbated the situation for vulnerable populations.

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WHO reveals countries to produce first COVID-busting mRNA vaccines in Africa

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A lab worker in the mRNA technology transfer hub in South Africa, one of the countries selected to establish mRNA vaccine production.

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WHO: New guidance on treating complications due to unsafe abortion

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Around 45 per cent of all abortions are unsafe, 97 per cent of which take place in developing countries.