Thursday, 20 January, 2022
TopicWorld Health Organisation

Topic: World Health Organisation

Blanket travel ban can be counterproductive, adopt risk-based strategies: WHO’s India head

WHO India lead Roderico H Ofrin stressed that the risk-based approach 'remains a wiser public health practice to counter the pandemic' in the country.

WHO approves Glaxo and Eli Lilly drugs to treat Covid amid Omicron surge

Eli Lilly’s rheumatoid arthritis drug and GlaxoSmithKline's monoclonal antibody won the WHO nod.

Pandemic disrupts global malaria fight, deaths rise for first time in 3 years, WHO says

The number of malaria cases and deaths in 2020 were at least 40% higher than the WHO targets. The agency said its 2030 goals are now at risk.

WHO deploys team in South Africa to tackle Omicron variant as cases surge

A team of experts has been sent to the Gauteng province in South Africa, which has accounted for almost 80% of the cases over the past week.

India accounted for 41% of total global drop in reporting TB between 2019 & 2020: WHO

Global goals for TB incidence reductions between 2015 and 2020 have been compromised by disruptions in services because of the Covid pandemic, finds WHO report.

Mu — the latest SARS-CoV-2 ‘variant of interest’ first found in Colombia

Among notable characteristics of Mu are mutations previously associated with immune escape properties. No samples detected in India yet. WHO says it is monitoring variant.

WHO forms new expert group to continue research into origins of Covid in Wuhan

The new advisory group, SAGO, will also be responsible for advising WHO on development of a global framework to study emergence of future emerging pathogens with pandemic potential.

Covid cases in Southeast Asia plateaued over past month as India’s tally remained stable: WHO

South-East Asia Region reported over 799,000 new cases, a 5% decrease from last week, however, some countries in the Region continue to report a rise, including Sri Lanka, Thailand.

Anti-inflammatory drugs reduce hospitalisation, deaths from Covid, WHO says

Adding drugs that block immune protein called interleukin-6 to already widely used treatment, corticosteroids, reduces the risk of death and the need for breathing assistance, WHO said.

India believes there is urgent need for ‘major reforms’ in WHO, says Harsh Vardhan

Speaking at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's meeting online, Health Minister Vardhan said reforms are needed to ensure effective & timely response to potential future pandemics.

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How England’s dying industrial towns became the West’s largest jihad factory

Malik Faisal Akram had no known affiliation with jihadist groups. Ideas that led him to take hostages in a Texas synagogue seeped into his mind almost by osmosis.

NTPC looks to coal imports to avoid new power crunch

India’s largest electricity producer is aiming to secure cargoes starting from April, when power consumption in India typically surges on summer cooling demand.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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