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  • WHO vows tighter, broader action against tobacco, industry interference  title=
    WHO 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.

  • Snakebite treatment, quick and easy tips  title=
    Snakebite 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:

  • Swachh Bharat Mission avert 1.8 lakh Diarrhea cases in India  title=
    Swachh 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.

  • World Health Organization alerts latest Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo  title=
    World Health Organization alerts latest Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo

    The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Saturday that stopping the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be a serious, tough and costly challenge, which requires preparedness for all scenarios.

  • Alcohol consumption increases a risk of dementia  title=
    Alcohol 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.

  • 32 million pregnant women suffers from Anaemia, study says  title=
    32 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.

  • Tedros Adhanom, former Ethiopia minister elected as new WHO chief  title=
    Tedros Adhanom, former Ethiopia minister elected as new WHO chief

    Former Health Minister and Foreign Minister of Ethiopia Tedros Adhanom was elected as new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).