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Global vaccination targets off-track

22 April 2015 -- Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015, WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

World Malaria Day: a call to close gaps in prevention and treatment

23 April 2015 -- – For World Malaria Day, 25 April, WHO calls on the global health community to urgently address significant gaps in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Despite dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths since 2000, more than half a million lives are still lost to this preventable disease each year.

Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border

20 April 2015 – The four-year-long armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has driven millions of families from their homes. WHO is working with public health authorities and partners to ensure Syrian children – whether still in their home country or living in camps across the border in Jordan – are immunized against polio. During World Immunization Week, hundreds of thousands of children in both countries will be immunized.

Immunization: Closing the gap on pneumonia in Kenya

17 April 2015 – As World Immunization Week approaches, WHO reports on Kenya’s successes preventing deaths from pneumonia among babies and young children through national implementation of the PCV-10 vaccine. A mother in Kilifi tells the story of her daughter’s near-fatal episode of pneumonia and how her younger children were protected through immunization.

Returning to normal: The road to early recovery starts with the health system

18 April 2015 -- As part of early recovery efforts, WHO continues to work closely with national authorities and partners in the 3 high-transmission Ebola countries on how to rebuild confidence and trust in health systems and services. Nurse Sai Conteh works at the Kambia Government Hospital and needs to know what to do in case one day a patient with Ebola-like symptoms comes to the hospital. She looks back at what she has learnt and how different her daily work looks like.

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  • WHO gives emergency health kits, funds to quake-hit Nepal
    April 2015 -- In response to the 25 April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, WHO this morning handed over 4 emergency health kits comprising of medicines and medical supplies and US$ 175 000 as the first tranche of emergency health funds to meet the immediate health needs of the earthquake affected people in Nepal.
  • Improving access to high quality care for obstetric fistula
    April 2015 -- Obstetric fistula is a debilitating condition affecting approximately 2 million women and girls across Africa and Asia, as a result of prolonged, obstructed labour. A new WHO, EngenderHealth and USAID study shows 7-day catheterization is as safe and effective as 14-day catheterization for managing women following the repair of a simple fistula.
  • WHO warns of imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen
    April 2015 -- WHO warns of an imminent collapse of health-care services in Yemen. Health facilities are struggling to function as they face increasing shortages of life-saving medicines and vital health supplies, frequent disruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators.
  • Dialogue on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), poverty and development cooperation
    April 2015 -- WHO has, for the first time, brought together philanthropic foundations, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to explore ways to include NCDs in post-2015 development cooperation agendas and initiatives, internationally agreed development goals, economic development policies, sustainable development frameworks and poverty reduction strategies.

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