Latest World Health Organization News

UN: Ebola outbreak in Congo has killed nearly 2,000 people

Aug. 23, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's emergencies chief said the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is approaching a "stark" milestone with nearly 2,000 people killed by the virus in the year-long epidemic. In a press briefing on Friday, Dr. Mike Ryan said that although the U.N. health agency has the...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 23, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the imperfect vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocally in favor" of...

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Aug. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment. Dr. Pedro Alonso, the U.N. health agency's global malaria director, said WHO is "unequivocably in favor" of...

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

Aug. 21, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles...

WHO says it has 'zero tolerance' for corruption in Yemen

Aug. 8, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The World Health Organization says it follows "a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of corruption" amid calls for greater transparency following an Associated Press report on fraud and mismanagement marring some U.N. operations in the country. WHO issued a statement Wednesday saying it...

UN probes corruption in its own agencies in Yemen aid effort

Aug. 5, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations investigators assembled in the departure hall of Sanaa's airport were preparing to leave with precious evidence: laptops and external drives collected from the staff of the World Health Organization. These computers, they believed, contained proof of corruption and fraud...

AP: UN workers accused of fraud, theft in handling Yemen aid

Aug. 5, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that more than a dozen United Nations aid workers deployed to deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by five years of civil war in Yemen are being accused of graft — joining with combatants on all sides to enrich themselves from an...

1-year-old daughter, wife of Congo's Goma victim have Ebola

Aug. 1, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The wife and 1-year-old daughter of the man who died of Ebola in Goma this week have tested positive for the disease, health officials confirmed Thursday, the first transmission of the virus inside the densely populated crossroads city on the border with Rwanda, a scenario that...

A timeline of Congo's latest deadly Ebola virus outbreak

Aug. 1, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now enters its second year. Containing it just became more challenging with the first direct transmission of the virus in the city of Goma, which has more than 2 million residents and sits on a busy border with Rwanda. More than 1,800 people have been...

2nd person dies from Ebola in Congo's city of Goma

Jul. 31, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A second person died Wednesday of Ebola in Congo's major crossroads city of Goma, again raising fears the virus could spread beyond the country's borders as the outbreak enters a second year. The man may never have known he had Ebola and was contagious for days before the illness was...