WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

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28 August 2014 -- WHO today issues a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognises the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.

Nutrition clinics help tackle obesity in Bahrain

WHO/A. Alswadhi

01 September 2014--Nutrition clinics have become central to tackling obesity in Bahrain. In 2007, the country had one of the highest rates of overweight and obesity in WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region, with 33% of adults aged over 20 classified as overweight, of whom 36% were obese. The clinics have delivered impressive results. Nearly 3 quarters of patients involved in the 5-year programme have lost weight. This feature was created within the context of the Second International Conference on Nutrition to be held in November.

Ugandan team brings Ebola experience to Liberia

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28 August 2014 -- Meet the Ugandan doctors and health workers deployed by WHO to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. This team from Uganda come with vast experience in managing Ebola outbreaks, having faced many cases of this disease since 2000. They work shifts alongside their Liberian colleagues to provide around the clock care and to help maintain strict infection control measures.

Stronger action needed on climate-related health risks

A group of dwellings built on stilts, Cambodia.
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27 August 2014 -- Previously unrecognized health benefits could be obtained from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury. These issues will be discussed in the first-ever global conference on health and climate, which opens today at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

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    Report on regulation of e-cigarettes

    The report recommends that appropriate government bodies restrict e-cigarette advertising and that steps be taken to end use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places.

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    WHO-deployed health worker receiving care after testing positive for Ebola

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    HPV vaccine trials can be significantly shortened

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    Ebola and Food Safety

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  • August 2014

    Supporting WHO's response to the Iraq crisis

    A donation from Saudi Arabia, enables the Organization to scale up its response to disease outbreaks, malnutrition, medicine shortages and overburdened hospitals and clinics in Iraq.

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