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  • WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access
    on 31st December 2020 at 7:35 pm

    The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

  • COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message
    on 30th December 2020 at 2:20 pm

    In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.

  • Mobilizing youth to End TB
    on 23rd December 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Since the global youth movement, 1+1 youth Initiative was launched on World TB Day 2019, followed by the  adoption of the Youth Declaration to End TB at the first-ever Global Youth Townhall on ending TB, there has been significant progress over the past year. The 1+1 Initiative has expanded to include thousands of youth across the world in countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Indonesia, Philippines,  and Vietnam.The social media platforms set up as part of the 1+1 youth initiative are joined and followed by more than 15000 young people including WHO End TB forum. Similarly, Global TB Programme has established #Youth2EndTB Global Youth Network where more than 1800 youths from 95+ countries have already joined.  Besides, in order to recognise the youth efforts and encourage youth engagement on ending TB, youth story series was conducted.Moreover, 50 and more different youth-led activities and virtual events on ending TB have been conducted worldwide. This includes  sensitizing young people, peer education trainings in schools and universities,and encouraging them to become TB advocates, and supporting TB patients in the community with resources, advice, and encouragement. In addition, we are enthusiastic about cross country youth dialogue series that have been started where youths from different countries can participate and learn from each other.For instance, one of the inspiring examples is that of Nepal, young people in this country have established national and provincial youth networks to help young people, through capacity building and in ensuring their participation in policy making and community level awareness building programmes. Likewise, in March 2020, Vietnam National Tuberculosis program launched National Youth Movement against TB which aims on reaching 10 million young people as well as educating all primary school students with TB knowledge and good practices on combating TB and lung diseases.Another exciting example is from Indonesia. Their national youth movement against TB has been conducting Art exhibitions as well as creating TB awareness through social media campaign.Furthermore, WHO Global TB Program is currently developing training manual targeting End TB youth leaders, young survivors, and young health professionals. It will be available at End TB channel of Open WHO platform after completing it’s six regional youth consultations.

  • Behavioural considerations for acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines
    on 21st December 2020 at 6:34 pm

    The Behavioural Insights Unit of the WHO released a meeting report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the special session on acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, held on 15 October 2020. The meeting report outlines the factors that drive people’s behaviour in relation to vaccine acceptance and uptake: an enabling environment, social influences and motivation. The image above is a visual narration that captures highlights of the meeting on 15 October 2020, during which the TAG on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health discussed behavioural considerations in relation to COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake. The discussion was structured around three key questions. Download the graphic   

  • Joint statement calling for urgent country scale-up of access to optimal HIV treatment for infants and children living with HIV
    on 21st December 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Global partners that are committed to ending paediatric AIDS have come together to call on countries to rapidly scale up access to optimal, child-friendly HIV treatment for infants and children.

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  • ‘Heal Your Oral Microbiome’ Book Review
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 5th December 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Many health-related articles and websites point to having a healthy gut microbiome as the key to living an overall healthy lifestyle. However, before the gut microbiome comes into the picture, it’s the oral microbiome that is at the forefront of keeping you and your immune system in good condition.  Maintaining a healthy oral microbiome is… The post ‘Heal Your Oral Microbiome’ Book Review appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • Best Black Friday Deals on Oral Care Products
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 23rd November 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! This entire week is a great time to get deals on electric toothbrushes, hydroxyapatite toothpaste, and much more. Many of you have asked me via Instagram for a round-up of the Black Friday deals for my favorite oral care products, so here we go: Boka Holiday Kit Best All-in-One Deal with Everything I… The post Best Black Friday Deals on Oral Care Products appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • New Study: Low-Level Laser Therapy Can Be as Effective as Formocresol In Saving Primary Molars
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 17th November 2020 at 4:11 am

    Dental decay is one of the most common oral problems affecting children across the globe. Untreated decay can lead to premature loss of primary teeth which in turn can affect the appearance, speech, and chewing function in children. Pulpotomy is one of the techniques for treating dental decay in children. It is performed in cases… The post New Study: Low-Level Laser Therapy Can Be as Effective as Formocresol In Saving Primary Molars appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

  • Diet Matters More than Brushing for Strong Teeth. Here’s Why.
    by Mark Burhenne, DDS on 19th October 2020 at 5:25 am

    Brush, floss, mouthwash, and go to the dentist. That’s what we’re often told is the “key” to oral health. If you want fewer cavities, just follow that prescription… Right? Sadly, modern dentistry has invented many ways to work around a problem that makes cavities the #1 preventable chronic disease in the world. But they haven’t… The post Diet Matters More than Brushing for Strong Teeth. Here’s Why. appeared first on Ask the Dentist.

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