The second of this year’s eight Asturias prizewinners has been announced in Oviedo, Spain. The prize, for international co-operation, has been won by the UN’s World Health Organisation, active for over 60 years fighting to improve health, mostly in the developing world, and stepping in to help whenever disaster strikes.The president of the jury explained the reasons for the decision; “The WHO is one of the most respected institutions for its work in protecting the fundamental rights of every human being to good health.” The WHO hasn’t been far from the news recently as it is speaheading the international drive against 2 flu pandemics, Asian bird flu and the new A H1N1 virus that originated in Mexico. Only yesterday the WHO called for fresh stocks of drugs to fight yellow fever to be produced, as they were close to exhaustion in Africa, and there was no current funding to provide vaccines next year.
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