Latest World Health Organization News

'Loophole' excuses WHO officials accused of misconduct

Feb. 06, 2023 10:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A confidential U.N. report into alleged missteps by senior World Health Organization staffers in the way they handled a sexual misconduct case during an Ebola outbreak in Congo found their response didn't violate the agency’s policies because of what some officials described as a...

World Health Organization employee released in Mali

Feb. 03, 2023 08:09 AM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A World Health Organization employee was released in northern Mali after being abducted by unidentified assailants, a spokesperson said Friday. Dr. Mahamadou Diawara was freed Thursday afternoon and is in Gao town, Abdoulaye Cisse, communication officer for the...

Top US official urges WHO to address sexual misconduct

Feb. 01, 2023 11:10 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A top U.S. health official urged the World Health Organization to address allegations first reported by The Associated Press that one of its doctors repeatedly engaged in sexual misconduct. “There are many of us who stand with survivors and stand with those who...

WHO: COVID still an emergency but nearing 'inflection' point

Jan. 30, 2023 05:54 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus remains a global health emergency, the World Health Organization chief said Monday, after a key advisory panel found the pandemic may be nearing an “inflexion point” where higher levels of immunity can lower virus-related deaths. Speaking at the...

World Health Organization employee abducted in northern Mali

Jan. 24, 2023 12:22 PM EST

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A World Health Organization employee was abducted by unidentified assailants in northern Mali, the U.N. agency's director-general said Tuesday. Dr. Mahamadou Diawara was kidnapped from his car in the town of Menaka on Monday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom...

China accuses 'some Western media' of COVID-19 coverage bias

Jan. 19, 2023 05:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused “some Western media” of bias, smears and political manipulation in their coverage of China’s abrupt ending of its strict “zero-COVID” policy, as it issued a vigorous defense of actions taken to prepare for the change of strategy. ...

WHO appeals to China to release more COVID-19 information

Jan. 15, 2023 03:48 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The World Health Organization has appealed to China to keep releasing information about its wave of COVID-19 infections after the government announced nearly 60,000 deaths since early December following weeks of complaints it was failing to tell the world what was happening. ...

Worst cholera outbreak in decades kills 750 people in Malawi

Jan. 12, 2023 11:31 AM EST

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The worst cholera outbreak to affect Malawi in two decades has now claimed 750 lives, a government minister said, while the World Health Organization chief described the southeast African country as among the hardest-hit amid ongoing global epidemics that are “more...

WHO Europe: no immediate COVID-19 threat from China

Jan. 10, 2023 06:33 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The director of the World Health Organization’s Europe office said Tuesday that the agency sees “no immediate threat" for the European region from a COVID-19 outbreak in China, but more information is needed. China is battling a nationwide outbreak of...

EXPLAINER: Is China sharing enough COVID-19 information?

Jan. 06, 2023 09:28 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — As COVID-19 rips through China, other countries and the World Health Organization are calling on its government to share more comprehensive data on the outbreak. Some even say many of the numbers it's reporting are meaningless. Without basic data like the...