World Health Organization

A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar that is not yet diabetic but can lead to worsening outcomes from making important lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on sodas and sugary foods as well as losing weight and getting more exercise.

As People Die, G7 Still Can't Get it Together on Climate Change

Nick Fillmore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

During the hour that it took the world's elite G7 politicians discussing climate change to wander through an enchanting meadow of flowers in Germany's Bavarian Alps earlier this week, 800 people may have died prematurely from the impact of air pollution, most of it caused by the burning of non-renewable fossil fuels.

New Global Focus Placed on Reducing Anemia in Adolescent Girls

Marion Roche | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Reducing anemia in adolescents is often motivated by efforts and interests to improve maternal and newborn health for pregnant adolescents. However, when we truly understand the consequences of anemia throughout a woman's life, the benefits of reducing it to improve adolescent school performance and productivity at work cannot be ignored.

Celebrating Hand Hygiene Day Is Good for Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Disinfection keeps our environment clean. Social distancing allows us to stay clear of those who are contagious. Then there is the use of barrier protection, such as masks, gloves, and yes, condoms, to prevent any chance of a pathogen from harming us. But the best and by far the easiest is a short and sweet practice known as hand hygiene.

In Canada, We Have the Strategy and the Tools to End AIDS

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

Once the worse affected province, B.C.'s HIV burden today is way below the Canadian average. In Canada, we can lead the way forward towards ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but a federal level commitment is sorely lacking.

Inequality in Health and Life Expectancy Is Growing Between Nations

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Canada was generally lauded for its universal healthcare system but also faulted for its high costs as well as timeliness and efficiency of care. High marks were given to Australia for quality and cost efficiency. To turn things around, WHO experts recommend that policymakers in the respective healthcare systems combat first today's fastest spreading health threats.

This International Women's Day, Let's Be Grateful for the UN

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

On this International Women's Day, I am thankful for the United Nations and its important work around the globe. The United Nations, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, touches the lives of every woman -- and in every aspect of her life.

Breaking Down Mental Health Barriers in Africa

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Stanley Kutcher was stumped. The psychiatry professor from Halifax's Dalhousie University was in Malawi to develop a mental health program for rural communities when he learned from the locals that there was no word in Chichewa for depression. How do you diagnose and treat an illness that doesn't linguistically exist?

An "Archaea" Solution To The Post-Antibiotic Era

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgFor those studying this unique branch of terrestrial life, the identification of resistance genes in the environment suggested there had to be antimicrobials out there. If this was the case, the Archaea were going to play a role. The only question they couldn't answer was the nature of this role. This past week, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University may have provided the answer: Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT).

Canada, Don't Forget About Basic Population Health

Hedy Fry | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada
Hedy Fry

‎Canada should and could have a role, working through the World Health Organization, to create such basic systems, through international aid. But, it must also look internally to the failure of our own health system to serve the needs of our Northern peoples where TB is highest (234 cases per 100,000) primarily because of inadequate housing and overcrowding.

Canada Donates To Ebola Fight

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Canada is contributing an additional $30 million for the international Ebola containment effort, Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said F...

Canadian Ebola Vaccine Ready To Be Tested By World Health Organization

CBC | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada

The experimental Canadian Ebola vaccine that has been donated to the World Health Organization will be shipped to Geneva on Monday, the agency said t...

Is An Intellectual Property Spat Holding The Vaccine Back?

CBC | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Living

Questions remain over why a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine is still sitting in a Winnipeg laboratory instead of being dispensed in West Afr...

Ebola Cases Expected To Show Up In B.C.

CBC | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s provincial health officer says it would not be surprising to see cases of the Ebola virus appear, but that there is no reason for alarm. ...

What the History of Schizophrenia Can Teach Us About the Present

Marvin Ross | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marvin Ross

Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates October 10 as World Mental Health Day to raise awareness. This year, they are focusing on schizophrenia. To add my little bit to awareness, I would like to explore the history and the controversy of this malady.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Prescription For Human Health: Fight Global Warming

David Suzuki | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Reducing the threat of global warming and finding ways to adapt to unavoidable change will also help people around the world "deal with the impact of heat, extreme weather, infectious disease and food insecurity." Climate change affects human health in multiple ways.

Don't Let International Bureaucrats Control Canada's Tobacco Taxes

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The case of Quebec provides a cautionary tale, as the prevalence of tobacco use has hovered around 24 per cent since 2003 despite a doubling of the price of cigarettes. And to the extent that tobacco taxes do reduce consumption, they can end up reducing total tax receipts, thus working against the competing and contradictory government objective of raising revenue.

Why Canada Must Approach Ebola Like A Natural Disaster

CBC | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada

With dire predictions of 20,000 people — more than six times the current toll — becoming infected with Ebola, calls are mounting for countries,...

1,200 DEAD

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada

GENEVA - The U.N. health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed more than 1,200 people.The World Health Organization says the de...

Fear Won't Put a Stop to Ebola, Humanitarian Action Can

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

As I scan the latest headlines about Ebola, I think not only of the rising death numbers, but also of the children, families, and local Plan staff that I have encountered during my visits to West Africa. We can all be humanitarian actors when it comes to fighting Ebola.

How the Ebola Crisis Is Uniting the World

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern over Ebola is one of the world's most important actions although people may choose to see it differently; the situation requiring its call may lead to fear and panic. But, the only reaction should be resilience.

More Than 729 Dead

CP | Boubacar Diallo And Krista Larson, The Associated Press | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada

CONAKRY, Guinea - An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease, the ...

Washing Your Hands Can Help Save Lives

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

However, one action, hand hygiene, learned in our youth has an incredible ability to keep us healthy, but also to ensure an even safer world. Because of this link between hand hygiene and health, the WHO has set aside May 5th as a day for celebration of this part of our daily life.

121 People Dead In Ebola Outbreak

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada

DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 12...