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India to join Solidarity Trial

India is about to enter the Solidarity Trial of WHO which aims at expediting the search for a drug to treat COVID-19. Solidarity Trial It is an international effort to look into the possibility of repurposing an existing drug for treating COVID-19. It was launched by the World Health Organisation. It includes over 45 countries ..

World Tuberculosis Day

March 24th is observed as the World Tuberculosis Day across the world to create public awareness about the dangers of the disease and the need to eliminate it. Tuberculosis Tuberculosis is one of the deadliest infectious diseases. It is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Though it predominantly affects the respiratory system, it can ..

Coronavirus Pandemic

The WHO has finally declared the worldwide spread of COVID-19 disease as a pandemic. This is after 4,000 people have died from the disease and over 100,000 infected. Pandemic The term pandemic is derived from the Greek word ‘pandemos’ meaning everybody. The term ‘demos’ means people and ‘pan’ means everyone. The term references the risk ..

Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment

WHO recently highlighted the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) putting health workers at risk. It called for an increase in manufacturing of PPE by 40%. Personal Protective Equipment Personal protective equipment or PPE are equipment that are used to protect health-care workers when working under epidemic conditions or when treating patients with highly infectious ..

Face Masks

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare recently highlighted the importance of basic hygiene while clarifying the utility and effectiveness of face masks in preventing COVID-19. N95 Masks: The N95 Masks are face masks that are being used by people to protect themselves from COVID-19. These are thicker than regular surgical masks and fit tightly ..

WHO – global cancer cases to increase by 60 percent

The World Health Organisation recently released a report on the World Cancer Day, February 4. It has warned that cancer cases would rise by 81 percent in low and middle-income countries by the year 2040, due to lack of investment in prevention and medical care. By 2040, overall cancer cases in the world would rise ..

UK donates 20 million pounds to develop vaccine to counter nCoV

The United Kingdom government has recently donated 20 million pounds, equivalent to nearly $25 million, for developing vaccine to combat the deadly coronavirus. The country’s investment is set to be given to the global body named CEPI (the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), which aims to develop the vaccine in six to eight months. The ..

2020’s Anti-leprosy day observed on January 26

The ‘Anti-leprosy day’ is observed annually on the last Sunday of January, across the world. This year, the day is observed on January 26, 2020, the month’s last Sunday. The World Health Organisation has adopted a theme of ‘Leprosy isn’t you think’ to create awareness to fight the prejudice and discrimination associated with the disease. ..