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On Day Against Drug Abuse, Ban calls for ‘effective, compassionate’ global response

26 June 2016 – Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, United Nations Secretary-General today called for “a global response that is simultaneously effective, compassionate and humane,”…

UNODC launches World drug report 2016

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched its annual World drug report, which shows that the number of people worldwide described as dependent on drugs increased…

UK: Leading public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

Report from Royal Society for Public Health and Faculty of Public Health says misuse of drugs should be a health issue, not a criminal one The UK’s two leading public…

UN development agency issues guidelines for pharmaceutical patent examiners

A new set of guidelines for pharmaceutical patent examination has been published by the United Nations Development Programme that seek to help reduce poor quality patents and ensure efficient market…

Durex condoms withdrawn in Russia

British producer Reckitt Benckiser told to size up its paperwork and try again as product covering a quarter of country’s market lacks proper registration Russia has banned the widely popular…

HIV i-Base: May/June 2016 issue of HIV Treatment Bulletin now online

HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB) is a community publication produced every two months. HTB reviews the most important advances in the clinical management of HIV and access to treatment. The online version…

Civil society representatives demonstrate for key populations

New York, 09/06/2016 - In the run up to the High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, 22 NGOs serving key populations most at risk of HIV (sex workers, people who…

WHO takes first step towards de-linking drug prices from access and innovation issues

The World Health Organisation (WHO) will establish an expert technical committee that will help countries set health priorities as well as a global observatory that identifies gaps in health research…

ECDC: Social media strategy development – A guide to using social media for public health communication

The guide provides public health organisations with a practical approach to integrate social media into their overall communication activities. It focuses on identifying effective ways to use social media to…

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