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WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba

30 June 2015 -- Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. WHO/PAHO have been working with partners in Cuba and other countries in the Americas since 2010 to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people is undermining health improvements

30 June 2015 -- A WHO and UNICEF report, launched today, assesses the target of safe drinking water and basic sanitation under Millennium Development Goal, environmental sustainability. The report, Progress on sanitation and drinking water, highlights that access to improved drinking water sources has been a major achievement, however, only 68% of the world’s population uses an improved sanitation facility – 9 percentage points below the MDG target of 77%.

In public health emergencies, risk communication is essential

26 June 2015 -- Risk communication is an integral part of any public health emergency response. In epidemics and pandemics, in humanitarian crises and natural disasters, risk communication allows people at risk to understand and adopt protective behaviours.

Helping Guinean communities fight Ebola

26 June 2015 -- In May 2015, cases of Ebola began to appear in Tanene, Dubreka Prefecture, Guinea, an area that had previously been unaffected. To ensure the outbreak does not spread, WHO and partners have launched a surveillance campaign to find individuals who might be infected. Through household visits, a presence on streets and conversations with influential members of communities, surveillance teams are spreading the message about Ebola.

One of Sierra Leone's toughest slums beats Ebola

23 June 2015 -- Moa Wharf is one of Sierra Leone’s worst slums. In this overcrowded, beachfront neighbourhood, Ebola arrived and seemed poised to burn through the area like wildfire. So how did one of the most challenging areas in Sierra Leone get to zero cases and how can the Ebola response learn from its success?

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Data from 54 low- and middle-income countries shows that 38% lack access to even rudimentary levels of water.


  • WHO calls for stepping up vigilance for MERS, Thailand confirms case
    June 2015 -- Thailand confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) disease in a traveller from the Middle East region, the first case in the WHO South-East Asia Region, as WHO urged countries in the region to step up vigil and review preparedness to respond to the disease. WHO has been working with countries in the Region to build their capacities and strengthen preparedness to effectively detect and respond to outbreaks and other hazards.
  • Frequently asked questions on MERS-CoV
    June 2015 -- What is Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus? Find the answer to questions regarding the disease, the current outbreak and how WHO is responding.

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Dr Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems.

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Ebola awareness campaign in a village in Sierra Leone.
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