Never miss another jab

As more and more people are won over by the user-friendly convenience of smart phones, their appetite for “apps” is growing by the day
WHO/F. K. Vorting

23 April 2014 -- Immunization prevents an estimated 2-3 million deaths every year. Yet 1 in 5 children still misses out. As working parents, there is often so much to juggle at home and professionally that it is all too easy for vaccinations to fall off of the ‘to do’ list. WHO has helped develop a new app that contains information on vaccines, the diseases they prevent and the immunization schedule of the country.

Busting myths about Ebola is key in stopping transmission

Dr Saran Tata Camara is one of the health workers who respond to the free 24 hours Ebola hotline.
WHO/MA Heine

23 April 2014 -- Will eating raw onions for 3 days protect me from Ebola? Is it safe to eat mangoes? These are some of the questions posed to health workers on a free Ebola hotline. With so many Ebola deaths to date, fear has allowed the spread of misinformation. The hotline was set up by the Ministry of Health of Guinea following the Ebola outbreak. Its goal is to respond to people’s concerns and to quickly refer suspect cases to an isolation ward for further investigation.

Measles: know the risks, check your status, protect yourself

World Immunization Week 2014 image
WHO

22 April 2014 -- Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. This fact file examines measles within the context of World Immunization Week (24-30 April) and this year’s slogan: “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect”.

Preventing new Ebola infections

17 April 2014 -- As the Ebola outbreak evolves in Guinea and Liberia, WHO is expanding its activities by sending additional expertise to assist in all areas of the response. Currently more than 65 public health experts are working with WHO and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network partners are supporting ministries of health and other partners in the 2 countries.

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Director-General and senior management


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WHO guidelines

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Addressing public health challenges in the 21st century

WHO highlights

  • April 2014

    Disease detectives on-the-ground in Solomon Islands

    Heavy rains from 3 to 5 April 2014 resulted in flash flooding in Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. WHO and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services are leading the health response and now are focusing on preventing disease outbreaks.

  • April 2014

    Timor-Leste: Strong malaria control programme cuts cases

    With increased political commitment, advances in diagnostic testing and treatment and financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Timor-Leste has made huge strides in the prevention and control of malaria in recent years.

  • April 2014

    World Malaria Day 2014: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria

    Malaria still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, mainly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission. The theme for 2014 and 2015 is: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

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