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Polluted air kills seven million people each year: WHO

In total, 90 percent of people around the world are breathing polluted air, which kills about seven million annually.

Gap in air quality between rich and poorer countries increases

Asia Pacific

China files complaint against US over trade dispute

China has filed a trade complaint with the World Trade Organization against the US.


Yemen's cholera epidemic likely to intensify: WHO

World Health Organization says that rain season could lead to an upsurge in cholera cases in the war-torn country.

Yemen's cholera epidemic likely to intensify: WHO


Cholera in a time of neoliberalism

Cholera epidemics are preventable in modern times. So why do we continue to see deadly outbreaks?

Jonathan Kennedy

by Jonathan Kennedy

Jonathan Kennedy


Plague kills 124 in Madagascar, cities most affected

The southeast African island of Madagascar is scrambling to contain an outbreak of pneumonic plague

Plague kills 124 in Madagascar, cities most affected

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Aide says Mugabe would have rejected 'awkward' WHO role

Presidential spokesperson says Zimbabwe's leader was never officially asked to become UN health agency's goodwill envoy.

Robert Mugabe 'would have turned down' WHO envoy post

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After outcry, WHO scraps Mugabe ambassador appointment

Following widespread criticism, World Health Organization reverses decision to appoint Zimbabwe president.

WHO scraps appointment of Robert Mugabe as ambassador


Madagascar has the plague: What you should know

Five important questions about an outbreak of the deadly disease in the African island nation of Madagascar.

Why is there a plague outbreak in Antananarivo?


WHO study calls obesity a 'global health crisis'

Almost two billion people worldwide now classified as overweight, 671 million of whom are obese.

WHO study sounds alarm over childhood obesity


WHO spent 'more than $400m' on travel in last two years

World Health Organization's spending on travel exceeded its expenditure on public health problems, report says.

WHO travel costs 'outstrip' disease budget


WHO: Malaria vaccine to be 'real life' tested in Africa

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to start large scale trial of RTS,S injectable vaccine in 2018.

WHO: Malaria vaccine to be 'real life' tested in Africa


Urgent aid needed to prevent famine in Somalia: WHO

The World Health Organization says there are only two months left to prevent Somalia's third famine in 25 years. The last one six years ago, killed more than 250,000 people.


WHO endorses 'very effective' Ebola vaccine prototype

With major questions still remaining unanswered, WHO says the vaccine tested in Guinea could be registered in 2018.

Latin America

Guyana's high suicide rate

How is the country addressing the epidemic?

Guyana's high suicide rate

Zika virus

Zika 'no longer global emergency, but here to stay'

Health agency says mosquito-borne virus still poses a significant public health challenge requiring intense action.

Zika no longer a world public health emergency: WHO