WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expresses his concern that the Covid-19 pandemic has been "mischaracterised as coming to an end when it's nowhere near finished", and warns of the "strong likelihood" of new and possibly more dangerous variants. Countries across the world are struggling to quash surges in Covid-19 cases propelled by the highly infectious Delta variant.
The WHO is warning that new cases of Covid-19 have been rising since the beginning of May across Africa. Also, coastal cities such as Cape Town are in need of urgent action to fend off the effects of climate change, according to a leaked UN climate report seen by AFP. And dozens of incidents of assault on homosexual people have been registered in Senegal in recent weeks. Many gay men and women are fearing for their safety in a climate of increased homophobia.
Every year, on May 31st, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates World No-Tobacco Day to draw global attention to the dangers caused by smoking tobacco. This year, the WHO seeks to advocate for strong tobacco cessation policies, increase access to cessation services, raise awareness of tobacco industry tactics, and empower tobacco users through its “quit & win” initiatives.