Blood donors needed! HUG drive in Geneva Thursday


Transfusion Centre seeks new donors to boost supplies GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s transfusion centre at the Hug university hospitals is holding a blood drive Thursday and Friday, 14 and 15 June, to mark World Blood Donor day Thursday. The centre takes 100 units a day from donors, but one-third more is needed to cover the […]

Gonorrhea faces dwindling treat options

WHO calls for urgent action GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Australia, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom are reporting cases of resistance to cephalosporin antibiotics – the last treatment option against gonorrhoea,” the World Health Organization in Geneva says. The WHO Wednesday 6 June launched an urgent call to action, pointing out that an estimated 106 […]

World Health Assembly: WHO Carves Out Leadership Role In “Vaccine Decade”

Republished with permission from IP Watch By Rachel Marusak Hermann for Intellectual Property Watch With a generous pledge and a grand vision, Bill Gates launched the “Decade of Vaccines” two years ago. By endorsing a “Global Vaccine Action Plan” during the World Health Assembly last week, the world’s health authority stands as the lead agency […]

WHO expected to declare polio global health emergency

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization is expected to declare polio a global health emergency as the World Health Assembly convenes in Geneva this week. Bruce Aylward, director of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative at the WHO, said  Thursday 24 May that “Over the last 24 months on three continents – in Europe, in […]

World Health Assembly meets in Geneva

Dr Margaret Chan up for election to head WHO for second term GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization’s 192 members are meeting for five days in Geneva starting Monday 21 May. The assembly will elect a director general and current head Dr Margaret Chan, with solid backing from the board, looks set for re-election. […]

US could make big savings by slowing growth in obesity

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Slowing the expected increase in growing obesity rates in the United States can drastically reduce health care costs, according to an analysis presented at a Washington health conference, National Public Radio reports. According to the evaluation presented at the Weight of the Nation conference in Washington and published in the American Journal […]

Polio in India “no longer endemic” says WHO

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization in Delhi announced 29 February that India is no longer on the list of “endemic” polio nations, with that list now reduced to an all-time low of three countries. Polio-endemic nations are those that have never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus transmission. The three remaining polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan, […]

Malaria cases down 25% but funding shortfall threats could slow progress


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Malaria cases worldwide fell by 25 percent in the past decade and by 33 percent worldwide thanks to better prevention but threatened shortfalls in funding from governments could slow the fight against the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports. Its World malaria report 2011, published 13 December, shows malaria rates falling […]

World Aids Day focuses on “Getting to Zero” by 2015


Landmarks get red lights as Aids Day Global prevention, treatment and funding at a turning point GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Red lights are shining today on several world landmarks, including the Empire State Building and Stock Exchange in New York and the Sydney Opera House in Australia, to mark World Aids Day. The day has been […]

Swiss are salting away, but not money, just sodium


BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss are known for their conservative approach to money, but one area where they are too liberal, it appears, is in adding sodium, or table salt, to their food. A study released Monday by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) shows that people consume nearly double the amount of salt […]