Colombia’s landmark Road Safety Law could save countless lives

Bogotá, Colombia – Juliàn Estaban’s Law, Bill PL408/2021, was ratified by the Colombian government today after consultations with civil society, the World Health Organization and across government. The new law moves road and infrastructure design, vehicle safety standards, driver licensing and data on injuries in Colombia closer to global recommendations. Road crashes are second largest of …

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SunSmart Global UV App helps protect you from the dangers of the sun and promotes public health

A new app for mobile phones that provides localized information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). The SunSmart Global UV app provides five-day UV and weather forecasts at searchable locations. …

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Interim statement on the composition of current COVID-19 vaccines

Key messages: The primary goals of COVID-19 vaccination using currently licensed vaccines continue to be to reduce hospitalization, severe disease and death, and to protect health systems. The use of currently licensed vaccines based on the index virus (i.e. the virus that was identified from the first cases of COVID-19 in December 2019) confers high …

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Commonwealth leaders recommit to ending malaria and neglected tropical diseases

The Kigali Summit on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) concluded today with Heads of State and Government from Commonwealth countries signing and adopting the Kigali Declaration on NTDs, and reaffirming their commitment to ending malaria by 2030. In recent years, Commonwealth countries have committed to reducing the burden of these largely preventable and treatable …

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UN humanitarian leaders call for the renewal of cross-border aid authorization to northwest Syria

In less than a month, the Security Council resolution that allows the United Nations and our implementing partners to provide lifesaving humanitarian aid to northwest Syria from across the border with Türkiye will expire. The 15-member Security Council will decide whether to renew it or not. This decision is critical for the lives and wellbeing …

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WHO highlights urgent need to transform mental health and mental health care

The World Health Organization today released its largest review of world mental health since the turn of the century. The detailed work provides a blueprint for governments, academics, health professionals, civil society and others with an ambition to support the world in transforming mental health. In 2019, nearly a billion people – including 14% of …

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Lay a Foundation for Highly-Connected Teams

Laying a Foundation for Highly-Connected Nonprofit Teams For many nonprofits, 2022 is shaping up to be a turning point in how they conduct internal operations. Many teams that previously worked remotely are now returning to the office. Others are content to continue operating remotely. In addition, some are experimenting with hybrid approaches.  Each method has …

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New agreement under C-TAP aims to improve global access to COVID-19 testing technologies

A new, open, transparent sublicence agreement between the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) on behalf of C-TAP, and South African pharmaceutical company Biotech Africa will accelerate the manufacture and sale of a COVID-19 serological antibody technology around the world. The World Health Organization welcomes the sublicence agreement, the first of its kind to be signed under …

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