• December 14, 2023

World News in Brief: End e-cigarette boom urges WHO, measles surge in Europe, Central Asia; crisis for kids in Lebanon

WHO said that 88 countries have no minimum age at which e-cigarettes can be bought and 74 countries have not implemented any e-cigarette regulations. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to ramp up prevention measures, saying that “kids are being recruited and trapped at an early age to use e-cigarettes and may get…

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Yemen: Alarming surge in measles and rubella cases, reports WHO

As of July, there have been more than 34,000 suspected cases of measles and rubella reported, resulting in 413 deaths; a significant increase compared to the 27,000 cases and 220 associated deaths recorded during all of last year, reported the UN health agency. Complicating matters further is limited funding for inoculation programmes, according to Arturo…

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Ethiopia: Nationwide measles vaccination campaign integrates other live-saving interventions

Announcing the news, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that it has already begun contacting communities to ensure a smooth operation.  Measles, which is preventable, remains a major health problem in Ethiopia, with several outbreaks reported in different parts of the country, the UN health agency said.  Vaccinations are planned across the nation for a total of 15.5 million youngsters aged nine to 59 months, including in hard-to-reach places affected by drought and conflict.  Integrating other interventions…

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Millions of Afghan children inoculated against measles, polio in 1st Statewide drive since 2021 transition

Afghanistan has vaccinated 5.36 million nine- to 59-month old children against measles while 6.1 million infants to 59-month-olds received oral polio vaccine during the vaccination drive held from 26 November to 12 December. Based on the data from Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health Expanded Programme on Immunization, the campaign covered 329 districts in all 34…

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Nearly 40 million children susceptible to measles due to COVID-19 disruptions

Pandemic-related disruptions caused 25 million boys and girls to miss their first dose of the measles vaccine last year, while another 14.7 million did not get the second dose. The record decline in measles vaccination coverage represents a significant setback in global progress to combat the disease. Pandemic paradox “The paradox of the pandemic is…

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