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Summary of WHO Media Mailings

2. The electronic cigarette is not legitimate therapy for smokers trying to quit.

3. The malaria report showed that access to malaria control interventions, especially bed nets increased sharply between 2004-2006, due to increase funding by the Global Fund. Some African countries have decreased the deaths by 50% by following the recommendations. The number of malaria cases in 2006 was 247 million.

4. Impact of the global financial and economic crisis on health.
This often translates to cuts to official development assistance and cuts in social spending. There needs to be increasing investment in health and the social sector during this time for the following reasons:
a. to protect the poor
b. to promote economic recovery
c. to promote social stability
d. to generate efficiency
e. to build security

5. WHO welcomes the decision of the UN General Assembly to ban smoking at UN Headquarters in New York.


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