WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, according to the “WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015”. The report focuses on raising taxes on tobacco. … Read more

World Bank must lead efforts to raise $1.7 billion to improve Ebola-hit countries’ health care

The World Bank and international donors must find $1.7 billion to improve dangerously inadequate health systems in Ebola-affected countries and help prevent such a deadly epidemic ever happening again said Oxfam today on the eve of Ebola talks at the Bank’s annual spring meetings in Washington DC. The money is the minimum needed to make … Read more