Taking stock: Geneva’s international organizations’ renovations

WHO headquarters in Geneva

Improved work space and better energy use give breath of fresh air to tired buildings GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fipoi is not an acronym that is as familiar as many in Geneva, where they abound as the names we know for international organizations, but without Fipoi most of them would not be here. Monday the federal […]

WHO malaria report cites dangers of funding drop

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Great strides were made against malaria, one of the world’s main infectious killer diseases, from 2004 to 2009, but a major decline in funding “threatens to reverse the gains”, according to the “World malaria report 2012″ published Monday 17 December by the World Health Organization (WHO). Funding appears to have hit a […]

IBJ awards for legal support to HIV/AIDS prisoners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Twelve individuals from 10 countries with projects aimed at improving legal rights for people with HIV/Aids within the criminal justice system have been named JusticeMakers fellows by International Bridges to Justice (IBJ). The Geneva-based non-governmental organization awarded the fellowships Monday 10 December. Each carries a $5,000 prize to help the winners implement […]

WHO says 20 million people saved by TB treatments in past 17 years

Global fight to eradicate TB is “fragile” says Geneva organization GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization (WHO) says 20 million people treated in the past 17 years for TB (tuberculosis) and following its recommendations would have died without the treatments. Another 31 million have been “successfully treated and cared for”, according to the WHO […]

Indian city joins “age-friendly” cities network


Kolkota becomes 105th city to make commitment to older population GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Kolkota, India this week becomes the 105th city in the world to commit itself to creating inclusive and accessible urban environments that benefit its aging population. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010 set up its Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and […]

Marketing campaigns seen to double condom use

WHO 20-year study shows marketing effective in developing countries GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Condom use tends to double when people are exposed to marketing campaigns, a first of its kind study by the World Health Organization and US-based researchers shows. The study covered 23,000 people in India and sub-Saharan Africa from 1990 to 2010. The results […]

Swiss news roundup

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – News highlights as workers in Switzerland head back after the national holiday and weekend: Lake Geneva region, police reports: three men are under arrest, with one of them, a Swiss man, considered the murder suspect, following the knifing early Saturday of a man in his early 30s, at Place d’Europe in Lausanne. […]

Attack on WHO polio doctor in Pakistan

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND –  Gunmen in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi attacked a UN vehicle, injuring a World Health Organization doctor working on a polio immunization drive Tuesday 17 July. The attack on a Ghanian doctor and his driver came a day after the Taliban reiterated a ban on the polio immunization campaign in the tribal […]

Swiss pioneering cleaner diesel to reduce exhaust-linked cancers

swiss tractor prangins

Diesel exhaust officially labeled carcinogenic BERN, SWITZERLAND – Diesel vehicles are growing steadily in popularity in Switzerland and are now nearly 20 percent of the total, says Bern, but the lower price of the fuel has a down side. A body of evidence now shows toxic fine particulates in diesel soot are carcinogenic. Diesel engine […]

Anti-polio campaign in Pakistan targets aid workers, links to drones

Global Polio Eradiction Initiative, Pakistan 2012

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Taliban leader in Pakistan has lashed out against aid workers who are vaccinating children against polio, saying their efforts are “not sincere”, reports the Guardian. “Leaflets distributed in South Waziristan on behalf of Mullah Nazir, the leader of the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (Fata) accused health workers who administer anti-polio drops […]