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WHO Calls For Protection Of Humanitarian Space In Gaza Following Serious Incidents In High-Risk Mission To Transfer Patients, Deliver Health Supplies

WHO reiterates its call for the protection of health care and humanitarian assistance in Gaza, following military checkpoint delays and detention of health partners during a mission to transfer critically-ill patients and deliver supplies to a hospital in northern Gaza. During the mission, a patient reportedly died. On 9 December 2023, a WHO team, in…

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Climate change is an urgent threat to pregnant, women children

Pregnant women, babies and chilren face extreme health risks from climate catastrophes that warrant urgent attention, according to a Call for Action released today by United Nations (UN) agencies ahead of the global Conference of the Parties (COP28) negotiations on climate change in Dubai. According to the document Protecting maternal, newborn and child health from…

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‘This must stop,’ UN chief says as deaths, displacement ripple across Gaza

A second WHO-led joint UN mission, working in collaboration with the Palestine Red Crescent Society, earlier today evacuated 31 babies from Al-Shifa Hospital in northern Gaza, to a hospital in southern Gaza. The severely ill babies were transported in 6 ambulances supplied and staffed by the Palestine Red Crescent. Other mission members included UN Mine…

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Gaza’s Al-Shifa hospital a ‘death zone’, WHO says urging evacuation

Gaza’s largest hospital has become a “death zone,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, announcing plans to evacuate the facility, as Israeli forces continue to attack the besieged Gaza Strip. The assessment came after a visit by WHO and other UN officials to the hospital, which Israeli forces raided earlier this week. Gaza’s largest hospital,…

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Back to the future: harnessing the power of primary health care to transform our health systems

As the permacrisis of this day and age takes an ever-greater toll on health systems globally, urgently rethinking and prioritizing primary health care (PHC) as an essential pillar of universal health coverage is not an option, but a must. This requires governments and health authorities to refocus and restrategize on what PHC should be; innovate…

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Sudan health services in disarray: 10k children will die by the end of this year’ say UNICEF, WHO

The Coalition of Civilian Forces in Eastern Sudan has condemned the way the de facto military authorities are dealing with a worsening cholera epidemic, as well as malaria and dengue fever in El Gedaref state. UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed 65 deaths from cholera, including children, out of 1,310 cases in…

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