50% of the world’s population does not have access to vital health services — WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said at least 50% of the world’s population lacks access to basic medical services. According to the organization, annual out-of-pocket health care costs push about 100 million individuals into extreme poverty. The WHO country representative, Walter Mulombo, made this statement at the sixth annual conference of the Association of […]

Monkeypox: WHO recommends new name “mpox”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested a new name for monkeypox: “mpox” in response to allegations that the name of the illness contains racist and stigmatizing rhetoric. The choice was made after extensive discussions with international specialists. For a year, both terms will be used interchangeably before the monkeypox name is dropped. “This serves […]

WHO Renames Monkeypox As ‘mpox’

The World Health Organisation has said it will start using a new preferred term, ‘mpox’, as a synonym for monkeypox. The change of name is following a series of consultations with global experts and both names will be used simultaneously for one year while “monkeypox” is phased out, according to the WHO. In a press […]