Latest World Health Organization News

UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is 'irresponsible'

Mar. 19, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it would be "irresponsible" for scientists to use gene editing for reproductive purposes, but stopped short of calling for a ban. The experts also called for the U.N. health agency to create a database of scientists working on gene...

The Latest: 16 arrested at NYC student climate protest

Mar. 15, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on global climate protests by students (all times local): 4 a.m. Police say 16 people have been arrested for blocking traffic during a climate protest in front of New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The protesters face charges of disorderly conduct stemming from...

Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight, says WHO

Mar. 14, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Attacks on Ebola treatment centers in eastern Congo threaten to reverse the gains being made against the current outbreak of the deadly virus, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday as a fourth assault on a health center was reported. Nearly 600 people have died...

WHO: Attacks could reverse gains in Congo's Ebola fight

Mar. 14, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The director-general of the World Health Organization says recent attacks on Ebola treatment centers in Congo threaten to reverse the gains that have been made in fighting the epidemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has just returned from a visit to eastern Congo, noted reports on Thursday...

Ebola treatment center in Congo is attacked again; 1 dead

Mar. 9, 2019 4:29 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Heavily armed assailants again attacked an Ebola treatment center in the heart of eastern Congo's deadly outbreak on Saturday, with one police officer killed and health workers injured, authorities said, while frightened patients waited in isolation rooms for the gunfire to end. The...

Activists campaign for treaty to end violence against women

Mar. 4, 2019 10:52 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Women's rights activists from 128 nations are launching a public campaign Tuesday for an international treaty to end violence against women and girls, a global scourge estimated by the United Nations to affect 35 percent of females worldwide. The campaign led by the Seattle-based...

Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO

Feb. 21, 2019 9:07 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths. According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak...

UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

Feb. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, months after a Chinese researcher rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he had created the world's first gene-edited...

Keep the volume down! UN issues guidelines for audio devices

Feb. 12, 2019 11:52 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Two U.N. agencies want governments and makers of headphones, mobile phones and other audio devices to do more to keep down the volume they emit amid concerns about hearing loss in an increasingly digitized era. The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union on...

Experts call for emergency declaration on Congo's Ebola

Feb. 4, 2019 12:06 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — An international group of public health experts on Monday called on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to consider declaring Congo's Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency. The group of experts wrote in the Lancet that such a call would...