Fiji’s schools teach healthy living

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22 August 2014 -- Pupils at Khemendra Primary School in Fiji don’t just learn about healthy food, they help to grow their own. Each class is responsible for cultivating different types of fruit and vegetables in the school garden and greenhouse. Khemendra Primary is one of more than 84 schools participating in a national network, which receives resources from the Fijian Ministry of Health and WHO. Addressing the link between food supply and public health policies will be one of the topics at the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November.

Spreading the word about Ebola through music

WHO/ M. Seeger

20 August 2014 -- “Take away the fear, don’t hide yourself. People can still survive from Ebola,” are the lyrics of the Ebola Rap, a song written by Charles Yegba, a Liberian artist seeking to raise awareness about the virus in his community. Charles, leader of the AFROCO music group, is recording his song and creating a video to disseminate his message across Liberia, one of the west African countries severely affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak.

WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters

A humanitarian worker with school children, Syria.
S. Sabouni

18 August 2014 -- As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, WHO is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO will draw attention to attacks on health-care workers, hospitals, clinics and ambulances in Syria, Gaza, Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and other areas.

Air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

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14 August 2014 -- WHO today reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low. Ebola is not airborne and can only be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with the disease. On the small chance that someone on the plane is sick with Ebola, the likelihood of other passengers and crew having contact with their body fluids is low. WHO is therefore advising against travel bans to and from affected countries.

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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.

  • August 2014

    Half of preterm babies born in hospitals miss out on life-saving drug

    A new WHO study reveals that only half of women who gave birth preterm in hospitals have received steroid injections which prevent death and disability among vulnerable, preterm newborns. The study is the largest to look at the use of these life-saving drugs internationally.

  • August 2014

    Consultation on draft Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

    A World Health Assembly resolution calls on WHO to lead the development of a Global action plan to address antimicrobial resistance and submit a draft plan to the 2015 World Health Assembly. In this first stage, WHO will seek contributions to help draft the action plan. The consultation is open until 1 September 2014.

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