World Health Organization

By Tammy Lovell 04:59 am March 18, 2020
As cases of COVID-19 around the world increase, it is not only people’s physical health which is under threat.  Uncertainty, constant news and social isolation can trigger anxiety for many, especially those with pre-existing mental health conditions.   Stephen Buckley, head of information at UK Mind, said the pandemic is “causing people a lot of concern and media coverage might play a role in...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:56 am February 24, 2020
The NHS in England has announced that it is piloting home testing for coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK went up to 13 on Sunday (23 February). Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus, said this would help limit the spread of the infection. But those concerned are advised to contact NHS 111 and the public cautioned to follow public...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm February 5, 2020
Facebook is looking to curb misinformation about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak by removing false claims and conspiracy theories about the disease posted on its social media platforms.  In a recent blog post, the company announced that it is working with a network of third-party fact checkers to review information. If a piece of information is rated as false, the company pledges to limits its...
By Laura Lovett 03:04 pm April 17, 2019
From drones delivering blood in Rwanda, to blockchain health records in Estonia it is clear to see that digital health tools have spread worldwide. But how these systems are being implemented varies greatly depending on the government, region and resources.  Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released 10 guidelines for how countries can use digital health tools to improve patient care. The...
By Aditi Pai 11:37 am March 30, 2016
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new app this month, called WHO Zika App, which offers medical reference information about the Zika virus. The app is specifically designed for health care workers and responders, but can also be used by the general public. Zika is a disease that is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. Symptoms of this virus include mild fever, skin rashes,...
By Neil Versel 10:08 am October 31, 2012
The world's oldest international public health organization has introduced its first mobile app, to help professionals track the health, fitness and safety of students and other adolescent populations. Called eGSHS, the iPhone/iPad app from the 110-year-old Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is a mobile version of the widely used Global School-based...