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WHO Recommends Breastfeeding for Saving Babies Lives in Typhoon Haiyan

Manila, Philippines(ABC Live): – UNICEF and WHO today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children. Exclusive breastfeeding in first 6 months vital The estimated 12 000 babies to be born in the worst-affected areas this month need to be exclusively …

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WHO to Host Second Global Forum on Medical Device in Geneva

Geneva (ABC Live): The Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products at WHO headquarters is hosting the Second Global Forum on Medical Devices from November 22 to 24, 2013. The Forum will provide the global public health community a platform for information exchange and collaboration to increase access to high-quality, safe, and appropriate priority medical devices. Objectives of the meeting …

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Researchers Discover Ways to Overcome HIV Virus

Moscow (ABC Live): Scientists have finally found a way to outsmart the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or rather, its ability to hide from the antibodies and immune cells. This is the quality that makes HIV so dangerous. However, researchers were able to find a way to create an effective cure for AIDS using the substance tacrolimus and finally win over …

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India Declares Itself Bird Flu Free Country

New Delhi (ABC Live): India has declared itself free from Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5N1), commonly called bird flu, and notified the same to World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). India notified outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1) at Poultry Production Unit, College of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Anjora, Durg and Government Poultry Farm, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh on 05th August, 2013. The …

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WHO Bats for Banning Lead Paints with Theme Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future

GENEVA (ABC Live): On the occasion of International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, WHO urges countries to address lead paint as a first step. The International Lead Poisoning Awareness Prevention Week of Action runs from 20-26 October 2013. This year’s theme – Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future – underscores the importance of avoiding the use of lead paint and using …

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WHO Aims to Make Mercury Free Healthcare by 2020

Geneva(ABC Live) – WHO and Health Care without Harm have joined forces to launch a new initiative to get mercury removed from all medical measuring devices by 2020. The initiative Mercury-Free Healthcare by 2020, launched today to mark the signing of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, calls for the phase out of mercury fever thermometers and blood pressure devices containing …

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WHO- China Developed Vaccine to Protect Against Japanese Encephalitis

GENEVA (ABC Live): A newly accessible vaccine against Japanese encephalitis is going to make the protection of more children in developing countries easier. The vaccine, manufactured in China, only needs to be given in one dose, it can be used for infants, and it is less expensive than other Japanese encephalitis vaccines. Today, WHO has added the vaccine to its list …

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GPEI Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan

New Delhi (ABC Live) : GPEI Polio Eradication : On 26 September, the Polio Oversight Board (POB) – made up of the heads of Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners WHO, UNICEF, Rotary International and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and senior leadership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation— met for the first time with …

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