Panama’s ban on tobacco advertising protects people’s health

Ministerio de Salud and Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas (MINSA – ICGES), Panama

5 July 2013 -- Panama has successfully banned all advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and plans to introduce plain packaging of all tobacco products and ban tobacco smoking from open spaces. This feature story describes Panama’s anti-tobacco legislation and campaigns and how a drop in tobacco consumption is expected as a result.

Protecting consumers’ health through safe and nutritious food

Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)

1 July 2013 -- Codex Alimentarius Commission aims to protect consumers’ health and ensure fair practices in the food trade. The Commission, whose collection of food standards is titled the “Codex Alimentarius”, celebrates its 50th anniversary in July 2013. This feature story describes its work to improve food safety and the nutritional content of food through setting international standards and codes of practice.

Earlier antiretroviral therapy can reverse HIV epidemic

WHO/André Francois

30 June 2013 – The new WHO guidelines recommend starting HIV treatment earlier, with simpler and safer regimens to save more lives and prevent more new infections. This move could avert an additional 3 million deaths and prevent 3.5 million more new HIV infections between now and 2025. New data from the guidelines also show 9.7 million people were taking these life-saving, antiretroviral drugs at the end of 2012.

Controlling sleeping sickness

I. Winjangco

28 June 2013 – Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of the tsetse fly. The disease affects mostly poor populations living in remote rural areas of Africa. This fact sheet describes the current situation in endemic countries as well as the complex diagnosis and treatment and efforts to eliminate the disease.

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  • July 2013

    Emergency Committee meetings on MERS-CoV announced

    WHO is convening an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The Emergency Committee will meet on 9 and 11 July.

  • July 2013

    PAHO/WHO anti-tobacco campaign features Uruguayan football star Diego Forlán

    The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has launched an anti-tobacco campaign featuring Uruguayan football star Diego Forlán. It seeks to raise awareness among young people in the Americas of the harmful effects of tobacco and the deceptive nature of the tobacco industry’s marketing campaigns.

  • June 2013

    WHO launches financing dialogue

    WHO met with Member States and other contributors to embark on a financing dialogue. The dialogue follows Member States’ agreement on WHO’s priorities for the coming years, focusing on areas where the Organization has a unique function or comparative advantage. Hear what stakeholders are saying about WHO in this short video produced for the launch WHO's financing dialogue.

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