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Coronavirus may never go away, says WHO

14 May

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

GENEVA: The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 could become endemic like HIV, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday, warning against any attempt to predict how long it would keep circulating and calling for a “massive effort” to counter it.

“It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away,” WHO emergencies expert Mike Ryan told an online briefing.

As distressed elderly dial helplines, loneliness and fear of dying alone reign supreme gender, genetics and behaviour play a considerable role in making the virus more deadly for some.

“I think it is important we are realistic and I don’t think anyone can predict when this disease will disappear,” he added. “I think there are no promises in this and there are no dates. This disease may settle into a long problem, or it may not be.”

However, he said the world had some control over how it coped with the disease, although this would take a “massive effort” even if a vaccine was found — a prospect he described as a “massive.

More than 100 potential vaccines are being developed, including several in clinical trials, but experts have underscored the difficulties of finding vaccines that are effective against coronaviruses

Ryan noted that vaccines exist for other illnesses, such as measles, that have not been eliminated.





No to Dr. Tedros Adhanom as next WHO director-general! PART II

26 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

So far, the nomination Wedenesday by the 140th Executive Board session of the World Health Organization (WHO) of three of the six candidates does not come as unexpected for anyone closely following the work of the organization.

However, more important is how the votes were cobbled up to enable the board arrive at its decision, i.e., the nomination, namely of:

Dr. Tedros Adhanom (Ethiopia), Dr. David Nabarro (United Kingdom) and Dr. Sania Nishtar (Pakistan).
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No to Dr. Tedros Adhanom as next WHO director-general! PART I

23 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.”

Principle 7, WHO Constitution
The purpose of this article is to impress on the 34-member Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and plead with the membership not to entrust the next leadership of this singular and vitally important United Nations specialized agency in the health field into the hands of Dr. Tedros Adhanom. The board begins its ten-day 140th session this Monday January 23, 2017 at its headquarters in Geneva, one of its agenda items being the selection of the director-general and the modalities of the processes thereon.
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Curing trachoma eyes & disease prevention in trachoma ‘endemic Ethiopia’: Ethics & fairness need to be guiding principles

20 Feb

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)



The World Health Organization’s (WHO) target date of 2020 for the global elimination of trachoma “as a public health problem” is fast approaching. Accordingly, the campaign has thus come to be known in all parts of the world in its short form: GET 2020 – i.e., Global Elimination of Trachoma by 2020.
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Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Mil. Within Four Months, Estimates CDC

24 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Denise Grady, Comments

Yet another set of ominous projections about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was released Tuesday, in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gave worst- and best-case estimates for Liberia and Sierra Leone based on computer modeling.
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Kenya classified as high risk nation for ebola outbreak, warns WHO

13 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a “high-risk” country for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
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WHO declares Ebola epidemic an international health emergency

8 Aug

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

(Reuters) – West Africa’s Ebola epidemic is an “extraordinary event” and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
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Meningitis & terrorism: Has Ethiopia truly become danger zone – if so how did we miss that?

17 May

by Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory

                                            PART I. THE MENINGITIS CURSE

Sub-Saharan Africa's 'Meningitis Belt' (Courtesy of WHO)

Sub-Saharan Africa’s ‘Meningitis Belt’ (Courtesy of WHO)

Since Ethiopia is one of the 16 countries in what is known as the “meningitis belt” in Sub-Saharan Africa, which stretches from Senegal in West Africa to East Africa in Ethiopia, I started canvassing for as much information on the risks and fresh dangers of its outbreak to our country.
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