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Ebola Death in Democratic Republic of Congo-Ebola Virus

Ebola Death in Democratic Republic of Congo Part of: GS-II- International Affairs-Health  (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Democratic Republic of Congo recorded a second Ebola death in days following more than seven weeks without a new case. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a deadly disease with occasional outbreaks that occur primarily on the African continent. EVD most commonly affects people and nonhuman primates (such

WHO and Its Roles

 World Health Organization (WHO), World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations’ specialized agency for Health was founded in 1948.   Its headquarters are situated in Geneva, Switzerland. There are 194 Member States, 150 country offices, six regional offices. It is an inter-governmental organization and works in collaboration with its member states usually through the Ministries of Health. The WHO provides leadership on global health matters, shaping the h

Immunity passport

WHO caution against the idea of immunity passport The World Health Organization is cautioning against the idea of immunity passports. It says there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected against a second infection. The concept of immunity passports or risk-free certificates has been floated as a way of allowing people protected against reinfection to return to work. WHO  argues that people who assume they are immune t

Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020

Global Vaccine Action Plan 2011-2020 The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) ? endorsed by the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 ? is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities. GVAP was the product of the DoV Collaboration, an unprecedented effort that brought together development, health and immunization experts and stakeholders. The leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Fo

UN releases commemorative postage stamp on anniversary of eradication of smallpox

UN releases commemorative postage stamp on anniversary of eradication of smallpox Part of: GS-II- International organisation (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN's postal agency have released a commemorative postage stamp today on the 40th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox. In May 1980, the 33rd World Health Assembly issued its official declaration that the world and all peoples have won freedom from smallpox. It ended after a 10-year WHO-spe

India caught in U.S.-China spat over Taiwan’s status at WHO

India caught in U.S.-China spat over Taiwan’s status at WHO Introduction As tensions between the U.S. and China rise over the novel coronavirus pandemic, India, which is set to take over as the next Chairperson of the World Health Organisation’s decision-making executive body in May, is faced with a major choice on whether to support a U.S. move to reinstate Taiwan’s observer status at the World Health Assembly (WHA) or to China’s opposition to it. U.S. demands

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