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  • WHO vows tighter, broader action against tobacco, industry interference
    World NewsWHO vows tighter, broader action against tobacco, industry interference

    The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled a global strategy on Saturday to scale up the tobacco control agenda over the next few years and to prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies. The strategy, titled the Medium-Term Strategic Framework (MTSF), aims to strengthen implementation of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), with a roadmap to guide the work of the convention parties, the secretariat and other stakeholders with regards to tobacco control from 2019 to 2025, Xinhua reported. "The adoption of this strategy marks a key milestone in strengthening the FCTC," said Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, head of the WHO FCTC Secretariat. "This strategy provides a very clear path forward, with priorities and objectives to reinforce government policies and accelerate global action for more effective implementation of the tobacco control treaty." The strategy was concluded during the eighth session (COP8) of the FCTC, which brought together over 1,200 participants, including delegations from 148 parties to the global tobacco control treaty and representatives of UN agencies, other intergovernmental organisations and civil society. They also agreed to maximize transparency to protect FCTC related sessions and proceedings from the intrusion of tobacco industry representatives and interests. "More than ever, we need to stay the course and strengthen our commitment to ensure that FCTC efforts to protect and promote public health and sustainable development are not hijacked by the tobacco industry," Costa e Silva said. "We must yield no ground to the tobacco industry." To prevent further interference by tobacco industry in public health policies, the strategy requires parties to the treaty to protect national public health policies "from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry." In addition to tighter control actions, the parties also addressed the need for tobacco control efforts to integrate strategies to combat the destructive impacts of tobacco on the environment and sustainable development. Since it came into force in 2005, the FCTC has resulted in national strategies and legislation that have introduced health warning on packages of tobacco and comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. As the only existing global intergovernmental meeting exclusively devoted to tobacco control, the FCTC COP has served as a platform for policy formulation and the adoption of implementation mechanisms by the parties to the convention.

    10 months ago
  • Stomach cancer symptoms:Treatment, Stages, and Possible Causes
    HealthStomach cancer symptoms:Treatment, Stages, and Possible Causes

    Stomach cancer is a growth of abnormal cells to form a mass in specific part of the stomach. The fatal illness is also known as gastric cancer. World Health Organization (WHO) says that almost 3,000 people die of stomach cancer, each year worldwide. It is the fifth most common form of cancer and the third primary cause of cancer-related deaths.

    11 months ago
  • Snakebite treatment, quick and easy tips
    Lifestyle NewsSnakebite treatment, quick and easy tips

    It is known to all that snakes are dangerous, but their spikes are only wounds. Many times victims die due to fear and panic. To help people know about the first aid on snake bite, we have mentioned some useful information below:

    11 months ago
  • Here is why Finland is the happiest country in the world
    TravelHere is why Finland is the happiest country in the world

    United Nations’ World Happiness Report released recently has listed Finland as the happiest destinations on the Earth. The consideration has been done on the basis of bank account income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

    12 months ago
  • Swachh Bharat Mission avert 1.8 lakh Diarrhea cases in India
    Lifestyle NewsSwachh Bharat Mission avert 1.8 lakh Diarrhea cases in India

    The Swachh Bharat Mission by Narendra Modi government is helping thousands of people to lead a disease-free, hygienic life style. The mission has helped to avert 1.8 lakh deaths due to diarrhea since 2014, says the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a recent study. Lakhs of household have gained access to sanitary toilet as outlined in the October 2019 target set under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

    12 months ago
  • Gaming habit is a mental health disorder, says WHO
    Lifestyle NewsGaming habit is a mental health disorder, says WHO

    Turns out that your video gaming activities can be classified as mental disorder. Yes, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed digital and video gaming addiction in its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD). The World Health Organisation’s 11th edition of ICD covers 55,000 injuries, diseases and causes of death.

    1 year ago
  • Mass vaccination can't stop Ebola outbreak: Five ways to prevent yourself
    HealthMass vaccination can't stop Ebola outbreak: Five ways to prevent yourself

    Even mass vaccination drives will not be enough to prevent Ebola outbreak, announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    1 year ago
  • 14 out of world's 20 most polluted cities belong to India: WHO
    Cities14 out of world's 20 most polluted cities belong to India: WHO

    Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities which have been placed in a list of world's 20 most populated cities in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016, said WHO in its latest released data.

    1 year ago
  • Alcohol consumption increases a risk of dementia
    HealthAlcohol consumption increases a risk of dementia

    According to a research by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, alcohol consumption was found to be one of the prime factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia.

    1 year ago
  • 32 million pregnant women suffers from Anaemia, study says
    Health32 million pregnant women suffers from Anaemia, study says

    A recent health study confirms that pregnant women with anaemia are at life risk during pregnancy or shortly after delivering the baby. Anaemia is a serious health condition characterised by the lack of healthy red blood cells in the body. Research concludes that around 32 million pregnant women worldwide are affected with this issue.

    1 year ago