Global health: GK, General Studies and Current Affairs

11th World Humanitarian Day (WHD) observed by UN on August 19 with hashtag #RealLifeHeroes

The United Nations observed the 11th year of World Humanitarian Day on August 19. As stated by the UN, this day is A global campaign that celebrates humanitarians – a “thank you” to the people who have committed their lives to help others. United Nations released this note with a hashtag of #RealLifeHeroes. What is ..

Brazil’s COVID-19 cases crosses 1 million mark

On 19th June, Brazil has confirmed that the country’s COVID-19 cases have surpassed 1 million, second only to the United States. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is still downplaying the risks of the on-going pandemic despite facing nearly 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 in last 3 months, saying that the impact of lockdown on the country’s economy ..

WHO: world is in new and dangerous phase of COVID-19 pandemic

On June 19, 150,000 COVID-19 cases were reported. This is the highest in a single day. Nearly half of these cases are in Americas. Director General Tedros stated the virus is still spreading fast and that most people are still susceptible. He urged people to maintain social distancing and “extreme vigilance”. According to Reuters, 8.53 ..

World Sickle Cell Day observed on June 19

World Sickle Cell Day is observed on 19th June each year to create awareness about sickle cell at a national and international level. In 2008, the disease was recognised by the UNGA as a public health problem and “one of the world’s foremost genetic diseases”. It is a genetic blood disorder where the blood cells ..

IMF to give $50 billion to combat coronavirus

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced that it will provide 50 billion dollars through its rapid-disbursing emergency financing facilities. The fund is to be given for low income and developing countries to combat the spread of coronavirus. 10 billion dollars of the fund is available at zero interest for the poorest members under the ..