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Polio found in UK for first time since 1984 as Government declares national incident
Europe · London

Polio found in UK for first time since 1984 as Government declares national incident

37% Right coverage: 81 sources
Traces of the polio virus have been found during a routine sewage inspection in London, leading the UK Health Security Agency to declare a national incident. Parents of children who are not up to date with their polio vaccine course are urged to make an appointment with their GP as soon as possible, but the UKHSA says the risk to the wider population is low.See the Story
World Health Organization warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe
Europe · Geneva

World Health Organization warns of obesity 'epidemic' in Europe

40% Center coverage: 42 sources
Being chronically overweight and obesity are among the leading causes of death and disability in Europe. Estimates suggest they cause more than 1.2 million deaths annually, which corresponds to more than 13 per cent of total mortality in the region. None of the 53 countries that comprise its European region is on track to meet the agency’s NCD target of halting the rise of obesity by 2025.See the Story
New Ebola case confirmed in northwestern Congo, lab report says
Ebola · Kinshasa

New Ebola case confirmed in northwestern Congo, lab report says

53% Center coverage: 38 sources
A new Ebola case has been confirmed in Congo's northwest Equateur Province in the city of Mbandaka, Congo health authorities said Saturday. The one case was confirmed in a 31-year-old man who began experiencing symptoms on April 5 and sought treatment at a health facility after more than a week of being taken care of at home. He was admitted to an Ebola treatment center Thursday for intensive care but died the same day.See the Story

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Smoking · Geneva

Big tobacco's environmental impact is 'devastating': WHO

42% Center coverage: 26 sources
Tobacco industry costs the world more than eight million human lives every year. 600 million trees, 200,000 hectares of land, 22 billion tonnes of water, and 84 million tonnes of CO2 are used in the production of tobacco. Cigarette filters contain microplastics and make up the second-highest form of plastic pollution worldwide.See the Story
Europe · Geneva

Measles outbreaks possible amid 'perfect storm' of conditions, WHO and UNICEF warn

38% Left coverage: 32 sources
More than 17,300 measles cases were reported globally in January and February, compared to around 9,600 during those months last year. There have been 21 large and disruptive measles outbreaks in the last 12 months to April, most of them in Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted vaccination campaigns for non-Covid diseases around the world.See the Story
US & Canada · Washington

World Bank Introduces Fund To Prevent, Respond Better To Future Pandemics

60% Right coverage: 10 sources
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved the establishment of a Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) The FIF will finance critical investments tostrengthen pandemic PPR capacities at national, regional, and global levels. The fund will bring additional, dedicated resources for PPR, incentivize countries to increase investments, enhance coordination among partners, and serve as a platform forvocacy.See the Story
US & Canada · Washington

Pandemic saw spike in US maternal mortality, especially among Hispanic mothers

83% Center coverage: 12 sources
Maternal mortality increased by 18% in 2020, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. A new analysis found that the maternal death rate after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was even higher. The study also showed that existing and new disparities emerged after the pandemic with a 40% jump among already high rates for non-Hispanic Black women.See the Story
Lifestyle

World Blood Donor Day 2022: Are you physically fit to donate the blood? Know from experts

67% Right coverage: 6 sources
World Blood Donor Day takes place on 14 June each year. The Day was created to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion. Blood shortages are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries. To ensure that everyone who needs transfusion has access to safe blood, all countries need voluntary, unpaid blood donors.See the Story
World Health Organization

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Surging in Africa Due to COVID-19 Disruptions

34% Center coverage: 6 sources
World Health Organization warns that vaccine-preventable diseases are spreading across Africa. Routine immunizations against killer diseases have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tens of millions of people have missed out on routine immunization services. That creates an environment in which killer diseases can thrive and spread.See the Story
Vaccinations · Malawi

More than one million African children protected by first malaria vaccine

67% Left coverage: 3 sources
More than a million children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi have now received at least one dose of the first anti-malaria vaccine. The "breakthrough" RTS,S vaccine was pioneered in Malawi in April 2019 and found to be safe. The WHO recommended the widespread deployment of the vaccine for children living in sub-Saharan Africa and areas at risk in October 2021.See the Story
Vaccines

WHO Director-General welcomes ACT-Accelerator fair share contributions from Norway and Sweden

Norway and Sweden join Germany in having exceeded their fair share for ACT-As 2021/22 budget, with Canada pledging to do the same. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: 'I wish to commend Norway and Sweden for their commitment towards the vital work of the ACT-Accelerator'See the Story

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