EU and World Health Organisation team up to boost access to health services in developing countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU will sign a €102 million contribution agreement with the World Health Organisation (WHO) at the European Development Days in Brussels today. The EU will invest in building health care systems to provide quality services in more than 80 African, Caribbean, Pacific, and […]

5 ways to #BeatAirPollution

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Senior Writer, Formative Content It’s #WorldEnvironmentDay and the theme for this year is #BeatAirPollution – urging people to “be part of the solution, not part of the pollution”. But while many of us agree air quality needs […]

5 things you need to know about your microbiome

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content We often hear about our gut microbiome and how it can influence our wellbeing, but for many of us this vast microbial community within our bodies remains something of a mystery. Now, new research […]

Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission presents a set of recommendations for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across Member States. Currently the ability of European citizens to access their electronic medical records across the EU greatly […]

Anti-vaccine sentiment one of 10 biggest health threats, says WHO

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood, Writer, Formative Content The global population faces diverse health challenges, ranging from serious virus outbreaks and drug-resistant bacteria, to the increase in non-communicable diseases like obesity and heart disease. While some parts of the world have limited […]

This new way of understanding disease is changing medicine

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Belen Garijo, CEO, Healthcare, Merck Group A new understanding of disease biology is emerging. In a paradigm shift towards what is known as molecular pathology, medical science is increasingly looking at diseases at a molecular level. This new perspective […]

Could the fourth wave of globalization help to end epidemics?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Richard Hatchett, Chief executive, CEPI The pros and cons of globalization have long been a favourite topic of debate among the political classes. Is globalization a beneficial force powering economic growth and allowing new ideas and concepts to spread […]

Anti-vaxxers are hurting vaccination campaigns. We need to fight back

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Mr. Jorge Félix Cardoso, a final year medical student at FMUP, Porto, and a MA in Political Philosophy candidate at UMinho, Braga. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer […]

Vaccines: from miracle to possible danger

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms. Agnė Lozovskytė , a first-year Vilnius University medicine student from Lithuania. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect neither IFMSA’s nor […]

Are we at the edge of anti-vaccination health crisis?

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Mr. Jan Harpula, a 5th  year med student at the Medical University of Silesia interested in the field of cardiology and radiology. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the […]

Hungary: people born in the 2020s won’t have legal rights any more to buy tobacco

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Ms. Zsanett Dren, a 5th year medical student from University of Debrecen, Hungary. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

Towards a tobacco free India

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Mr. Yasir Aslam, Presently a student of 2nd year persuing MBBS from Al – Ameen medical college, Bijapur, Karnataka. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

Tobacco-free Public Space in Africa’s Most Populous Country

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Mr. Nelson Udeme-Abasi Udoudo, a 5th year medical student of the University of Uyo, Uyo in Nigeria. He is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view […]

American women are 50% more likely to die in childbirth than their mothers

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Emma Charlton, Writer What do Serena Williams and Beyoncé have in common? Both are global superstars and phenomenally successful in their chosen careers. Both are also mothers, who’ve spoken publicly about the life-threatening complications they experienced during pregnancy […]

Tobacco-free public space – how is the European law executed in my country?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Sophie Gepp and Ms Laura Jung, the National Public Health Officers of the German Medical Students Association (bvmd). They are affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the […]

Your smartphone may know more about your mental health than you

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Amit Etkin, Professor, Stanford University “How have you been feeling since we last met?” As a psychiatrist, this is how I often open a session with a patient. But as a Silicon Valley-based neuroscientist, I am struck by […]

Tobacco is harming the planet, not just our health, says new study

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content Smoking isn’t just harmful to human health, it’s also damaging the planet. That’s the key message of a new report commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO) into the environmental costs of tobacco […]

How we can work together in the fight against NCDs

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Jan KimpenChief Medical Officer, Philips & Pete TroiloDirector, global advisory and analysis, Devex The prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is a major focus of the United Nations General Assembly and related events in New York City […]

Impressive African health gains at risk from changing trends: WHO report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Life expectancy across Africa has improved significantly, says a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Thursday, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most. The study, launched during the […]

Lack of access to clean water, toilets puts children’s education at risk, says UN

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Millions of children are going to school without basic hygiene facilities, and the goal of universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene remains “a huge challenge,” the United Nations warned on Monday A new joint UN agency study, Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene […]

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won ‘if the UN stands united’ – UN health official

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO […]

Syria: WHO appeals for funding to sustain critical health care for millions trapped by conflict

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates. “The health situation in north-west Syria is already dire and looks set to deteriorate,” said […]

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could constitute ‘hiding places’ for the deadly virus – WHO chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent […]

Free and secure access needed in DR Congo conflict zone to tackle Ebola – WHO

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. After seeing first-hand the complexities of the Ebola response in the conflict-affected region of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) called for “free and secure” access to the disease-affected people. “All of […]

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo declared over, now let’s tackle other health challenges: WHO chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been declared over, thanks to a concerted national and international effort to contain the threat, the UN’s top health official said on Tuesday. The countdown to the announcement began on 12 June, […]

Health conditions for citizens of Yemen’s key port city ‘remain critical’ says UN agency

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Even before the escalation of conflict in Hudaydah, conditions in Yemen’s port city were some of “the most dire in the country,” according to the United Nations health agency on Tuesday. The World Health Organization (WHO) said that Hudaydah had registered the highest incidences […]

FROM THE FIELD: A UN peacekeepers-eye view of DR Congo

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Africa is projected to have the highest demand for moving people to safety next year, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the greatest needs of all, according to the United Nations refugee agency’s Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2019 report. The report […]

Dangers of poor quality health care revealed ‘in all countries’: WHO report

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ineffective health care is a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources, UN experts said on Thursday. In a new report on the subject, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners cited problems with delivering quality health care across […]

Low quality healthcare is increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. Today, inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe […]

Food safety critical to development and ending poverty: FAO deputy chief

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Ensuring that people everywhere can trust the safety and quality of the food they eat is the focus of a UN meeting taking place this week in Rome. The international food standards body known as the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is expected to adopt […]

WHO study reveals ‘game-changer’ drug with potential to save thousands of women’s lives in childbirth

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. A stand-by drug used to prevent potentially-fatal bleeding after childbirth has some new competition – with improved benefits, according a United Nations health agency-led report. Excessive bleeding after childbirth still kills around 70,000 mothers a year and currently, Oxytocin is the first-choice medication, but […]

Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic Congo is ‘largely contained’: WHO

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Almost two months after the start of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts announced on Tuesday that the deadly disease has “largely been contained”. A total of 55 cases of Ebola have been recorded during […]

Aid teams respond to escalating southwest Syria conflict: 750,000 civilians are at risk

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. Vital humanitarian relief continues to reach Dera’a in south-west Syria, where 750,000 people are at risk and at least 45,000 people have been displaced amid a government-led offensive to regain opposition-held areas, UN aid teams said on Tuesday. Clashes between forces loyal to the […]