WHO’s stark message on air quality — and what India must do

Synopsis: Air pollution is worsening in India. We need to raise our air quality standards in line with recently released WHO guidelines and ensure strict compliance while transitioning to a cleaner energy model. Introduction  In its recent air quality guidelines (AQGs), the WHO said that the impact of poor air quality on public health is at… Continue reading WHO’s stark message on air quality — and what India must do

New Evidence Led To WHO’s New Air Quality Standard

What is the news? The World Health Organization(WHO) released the Global Air Quality Guidelines(AQGs) recently. Why was a higher standard necessary? Since the last global update in 2005, there has been a marked increase in quality and quantity of evidence that shows how air pollution affects different aspects of human health. The evidence also shows… Continue reading New Evidence Led To WHO’s New Air Quality Standard

WHO says air pollution kills 7 million a year, toughens guidelines

What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) has released the Global Air Quality Guidelines(AQGs). What are Global Air Quality Guidelines(AQGs)? Global Air Quality Guidelines(AQGs) is an annual mean concentration guideline for particulate matter and other pollutants. The guidelines were last updated in 2005. Since then, there has been a marked increase of evidence that… Continue reading WHO says air pollution kills 7 million a year, toughens guidelines

All WHO-approved jabs must be recognised for travel: UN

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Vaccination is essential for global economic recovery. The World Health Organization recently said that any COVID-19 vaccine it has authorised for emergency use should be recognised by countries as they open up their borders to inoculated travelers. The move could force Western countries to broaden their acceptance of two apparently less… Continue reading All WHO-approved jabs must be recognised for travel: UN

WHO releases interim results from Solidarity Trial

News: The World Health Organization(WHO) has made available interim results from the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial.   Facts: What is Solidarity Trial: It was initiated by WHO and its partners in order to help find an effective treatment for Covid-19. Drugs Covered: It covers four repurposed drugs or drug combinations — remde sivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir/ritonavir and… Continue reading WHO releases interim results from Solidarity Trial

GAVI vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join ‘COVAX’

News: India has expressed its keen interest in joining the COVAX alliance. Facts: COVAX Alliance: It is a facility that aims to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country in the world. Bodies Involved: It is co-led by Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations(GAVI), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations(CEPI) and… Continue reading GAVI vaccine alliance says 75 countries keen to join ‘COVAX’

WHO launches Covid-19 law lab for implementing legal frameworks to manage pandemic

News: The World Health Organization(WHO) has launched COVID-19 Law Lab initiative. Facts: COVID-19 Law Lab: It is a database of laws that countries have implemented in response to the pandemic.It includes state of emergency declarations, quarantine measures, disease surveillance, legal measures relating to mask-wearing, social distancing and access to medication and vaccines.  Purpose: This database… Continue reading WHO launches Covid-19 law lab for implementing legal frameworks to manage pandemic

Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate measles and rubella, ahead of 2023 target

News: Maldives and Sri Lanka have become the first two countries in the World Health Organisation’s South-East Asian Region (WHO SEAR) to have eliminated both measles and rubella ahead of the 2023 deadline. Facts: Criteria: A country is verified as having eliminated measles and rubella when there is no evidence of endemic transmission of the… Continue reading Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate measles and rubella, ahead of 2023 target

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

Facts: The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was established by the World Health Organization(WHO) with the help of the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation. Aim: To raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the World Health Organization(WHO) and partners to help countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.… Continue reading COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

WHO, 37 nations launch alliance to share tools to tackle Covid-19 pandemic

News: World Health Organization(WHO), 37 countries and multiple international partners and institutions have launched COVID-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP) initiative. Facts: Aim: To make vaccines, tests, treatments and other health technologies to fight COVID-19 accessible to all. Under this, WHO and partner countries have issued a Solidarity Call to Action to the global community to… Continue reading WHO, 37 nations launch alliance to share tools to tackle Covid-19 pandemic