One in eight people are now living with obesity

A study released by The Lancet showed that in 2022, more than one billion people in the world were living with obesity.  Worldwide, obesity among adults has more than doubled since 1990 and has quadrupled among children and adolescents (5 to 19 years of age).

Global cancer burden growing, amidst mounting need for services

Ahead of World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released the latest estimates of the global burden of cancer. WHO also published survey results from 115 countries, showing a majority of countries do not

WHO awards countries for progress in eliminating industrially produced trans fats for the first time

The WHO has awarded its first-ever certificates validating progress in eliminating industrially-produced trans-fatty acids to five countries. Denmark, Lithuania, Poland, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand have each demonstrated they have the best practice policy for industrially produced trans-fatty acids (iTFA) elimination in effect, supported by adequate

WHO releases AI ethics and governance guidance for large multi-modal models

The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidance on the ethics and governance of large multi-modal models (LMMs) – a type of fast-growing generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology with applications across health care.   The guidance outlines over 40 recommendations for consideration by governments,

Over 40 million health professionals demand bold health and climate action at COP28

On the first-ever Health Day at a COP, more than 40 million health professionals from around the globe joined the call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) and civil society organizations, to prioritize health in climate negotiations at COP28. Climate inaction is costing

First WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum puts forward a global vision for sustainable clinical research infrastructure.

About 130 experts from 43 countries with strong global south representation participated in person, and many more virtually participated in the first WHO Global Clinical Trials Forum on November 20-21, 2023. The objectives of the forum were to: Develop a joint vision on strengthening clinical

Climate change and health: Health needs to be front and centre of national plans to fight climate change

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-28), WHO has published its “2023 review of health in nationally determined contributions and long-term strategies” highlighting the actions needed to ensure that people’s health is fully prioritised and integrated into national plans to fight climate change. Climate

WHO launches commission to foster social connection and address loneliness as a health threat

The WHO has announced a new Commission on Social Connection, to address loneliness as a pressing health threat, promote social connection as a priority and accelerate the scaling up of solutions in countries of all incomes. Co-chaired by US Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy, and

Vellum Health: Multilateral development banks and WHO launch new investment platform to strengthen primary health care services

In a landmark development aimed at investing in and strengthening essential, climate and crisis-resilient primary health care (PHC) services in low- and low-and-middle-income countries (LICs and LMICs), three multilateral development banks have joined with WHO to launch the new Health Impact Investment Platform. The Platform,

New WHO guidelines discourage non-sugar sweeteners for weight control

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new guideline on non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), which recommends against the use of NSS to control body weight or reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The recommendation is based on the findings of a systematic review of

Curbing Alcohol Abuse in Kenya: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Government Measures and Proposed Solutions

Alcohol abuse is a prevalent issue in Kenya, and the government has implemented various measures to tackle it. These measures comprise policies, programmes, and regulations to reduce alcohol abuse, enhance treatment and rehabilitation, and promote responsible drinking habits. This article analyses the government’s efforts to

1 in 6 people globally affected by infertility: WHO

Large numbers of people are affected by infertility in their lifetime, according to a new report published Tuesday by WHO. Around 17.5% of the adult population – roughly 1 in 6 worldwide – experience infertility, showing the urgent need to increase access to affordable, high-quality

Greening Africa’s judiciary: Promoting climate justice and gender equality

Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing Africa today, with far-reaching impacts on human livelihoods, food security, health, and the environment. According to the United Nations, Africa is one of the region’s most vulnerable to climate change, with the potential to affect up

WHO calls for stern measures against exploitative advertisements by the formula milk industry.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has decried the surge in exploitative marketing tactics used by the formula milk industry and called for a clamp down on the industry.  In a statement on 6th February 2023, WHO faulted the vast economic and political power of the

Sustainable gains made through the Renewable Energy Policy in Kenya

In recent years, Kenya has made significant strides in advancing the renewable energy sector and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. With a growing population and expanding economy, Kenya’s energy demand is increasing, making it imperative to find new, sustainable sources of energy. To address this

WHO Member States agree to develop zero draft of legally binding pandemic accord in early 2023

7 December 2022 / News release / Geneva   Member States of the World Health Organization today agreed to develop the first draft of a legally binding agreement designed to protect the world from future pandemics. This “zero draft” of the pandemic accord, rooted in

WHO calls on the global community to equalize the HIV response

On 1 December, World AIDS Day 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities that are holding back progress in attaining the global goal to end AIDS by 2030. WHO is joining global

WHO to identify pathogens that could cause future outbreaks and pandemics

WHO is launching a global scientific process to update the list of priority pathogens—agents that can cause outbreaks or pandemics—to guide global investment, research and development (R&D), especially in vaccines, tests and treatments. Starting with a meeting held last Friday, 18 November, WHO is convening

WHO and FP2030 to strengthen cooperation for sexual and reproductive health and rights

Meeting on the sidelines of the International Conference on Family Planning in Thailand, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Special Research Programme HRP, and FP2030 today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to strengthen collaboration on sexual and reproductive health and rights – 

Health must take centre stage in the COP27 climate change negotiations

On the eve of the pivotal climate talks at COP27, WHO issued a grim reminder that the climate crisis continues to make people sick and jeopardize lives, and that health must be at the core of these critical negotiations. WHO believes the conference must end

Zimbabwe is the first country in Africa to announce regulatory approval for long-acting injectable cabotegravir for HIV prevention

The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) announced that it has approved the use of long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. “The information submitted to support the approval of the product indicated that the product is safe, effective and of

IDIA and WHO strengthen strategic collaboration to support the scale-up of health innovations

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) have agreed to renew their strategic Collaborative Agreement to support the scaling of health innovations to the end of 2023 to jointly accelerate health impact.   “We must leverage health innovations effectively to accelerate

WHO issues a new framework to strengthen collaborative action on TB and comorbidities

The World Health Organization (WHO) is launching a new Framework for collaborative action on TB and comorbidities to address the limited uptake of collaborative activities to reduce the burden of TB and comorbidities and to support countries in enabling access to people-centred care. The Framework

WHO responds to The Lancet COVID-19 Commission

News Release by the World Health Organisation WHO welcomes the overarching recommendations of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s report on “Lessons for the future from the COVID-19 pandemic,” which align with our commitment to stronger global, regional and national pandemic preparedness, prevention, readiness and response. At

Half of health care facilities globally lack basic hygiene services – WHO, UNICEF

News Release by the World Health Organisation Newly established global estimate on hygiene reveals the risk of disease spread and infections to patients and health care providers Half of health care facilities worldwide lack basic hygiene services with water and soap or alcohol-based hand rub

WHO Director-General congratulates Togo on becoming first country to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, today extended his congratulations to the Republic of Togo, as it was confirmed that the West African country had become the first country to eliminate four devastating neglected tropical diseases. The ceremony took place during the 72nd Session of

Joint Statement: Call for increased political commitment and accountability in preparation for the 2023 United Nations High-Level meeting on Tuberculosisvi

News Release by WHO  In June 2022, WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus held a dialogue with WHO’s Civil Society Task Force on Tuberculosis (CSTF-TB) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The dialogue was followed by an online town hall with civil society and affected communities on priorities

Launch of the first WHO position paper on optimizing brain health across life

News Release by World Health Organisation Brain health is an evolving concept, attracting increasing attention not only from the health sector but also from wider society, stimulating rich debate – and for good reasons. The brain and central nervous system are the command centre of

WHO launches appeal to respond to urgent health needs in the greater Horn of Africa

News Release by World Health Organization Millions of lives are in peril, including children. US$ 123.7 million is needed for the health agency’s response until December 2022. The health and lives of people in the greater Horn of Africa are threatened as the region faces

WHO recommends long-lasting cabotegravir for HIV prevention

News Release by World Health Organization  WHO on 28/07/22 released new guidelines for the use of long-acting injectable cabotegravir (CAB-LA) as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV and called for countries to consider this safe and highly effective prevention option for people at substantial risk of

Give WHO land for ‘our’ Hospital

Editorial Opinion by Jaindi Kisero from Nation Media Group Here is my take on the Kenyatta University land saga. In the early 1970s, Nairobi, Delhi and New Mexico put in bids for hosting the Unep headquarters. In 1972, the government rolled out a high-profile campaign

COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades

Source: WHO WHO and UNICEF sound the alarm as new data shows global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021, with 25 million infants missing out on lifesaving vaccines The largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years has been recorded in official

World Bank Board Approves New Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPR)

News release by World Health Organization The devastating human, economic, and social cost of COVID-19 has highlighted the urgent need for coordinated action to build stronger health systems and mobilize additional resources for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response (PPR). The World Bank’s Board of Executive

Joint investments in research and development key to getting ahead of antimicrobial resistance

By WHO Antibacterial Pipeline Team Development of new antibacterial treatments is inadequate to address the mounting threat of antibiotic resistance, according to the annual pipeline report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 2021 report describes the antibacterial clinical and preclinical pipeline as stagnant and

New WHO report maps barriers to insulin availability and suggests actions to promote universal access

100 years after discovery, insulin still out of reach for many with diabetes Geneva, November 12, 2021 – A new report published by WHO in the lead-up to World Diabetes Day highlights the alarming state of global access to insulin and diabetes care, and finds

2021-The year of the COVID-19 vaccine: Or is it?

The novel Covid 19 has had unparalleled devastating impact on the overall global economy. The pandemic has been far more than a health crisis: it has adversely affected societies and economies at their core.  While the impact of the pandemic will vary from country to

Financing non-communicable diseases in Kenya

Government has increased
the health budget by 10.4%
to Kes. 114 Billion

The COVID-19 research findings in Africa

Studies show that Africa has weathered the pandemic relatively well so far, with fewer than one confirmed case for every thousand people and just 23,000 deaths so far. That is 1:1000 persons.
Antibody surveys show that far more Africans have been infected with the coronavirus and are now resistant to it as per immunologist Sophie Uyoga at the Kenya Medical Research Institute–Wellcome Trust Research Programme