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WHO setting up Gorkha, Nepal field office

3 May 2015 -- In a major step to boost the health-care assistance to earthquake survivors who have been unreachable since last week’s disaster, WHO announced today the establishment of a new field office in the Gorkha district of Nepal. From there, WHO and the national authorities will be able to coordinate land and air support to rush medicines, health care professionals and other life-saving resources to some of the most remote regions impacted by the earthquake.

Funds for long-term spinal cord treatment after Nepal

2 May 2015 -- Among the estimated 14 000 injuries incurred as a result of the April 25 earthquake, which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale and has so far resulted in 6200 recorded fatalities, approximately 1 in 3 (or around 4700) will require follow-up rehabilitation treatment. Of this number, approximately 12% have damage to their spinal cord.

WHO report finds systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking

29 April 2015 -- WHO urges countries to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance by implementing a national plan that prevents the misuse of antibiotics. A new WHO report highlights the need for governments to take active measures to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics. WHO, countries and partners have developed a draft Global Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance to be reviewed by the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly in May 2015.

Nepal: WHO sends more medical supplies, assists arrival of foreign medical teams

27 April 2015 -- WHO is surging additional medical supplies and health workers into the earthquake-affected region to help the Government of Nepal provide rapid medical assistance to the thousands who have been injured in Saturday’s disaster. WHO is working in collaboration with Nepal’s Ministry of Health to coordinate the arrival and deployment of the medical teams coming from other countries and nongovernmental organizations, commonly called foreign medical teams.

Immunization against Japanese encephalitis

28 April 2014 -- During the World Immunization Week, we highlight the success of the campaign against Japanese encephalitis in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The campaign strives to create an environment free of preventable infectious diseases with a WHO-approved vaccine. Dr Anonh Xeuatvongsa, National Expanded Programme on Immunization Manager, talks about his country’s commitment to immunization against Japanese encephalitis.

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  • Quality of care for every pregnant woman and newborn
    May 2015 -- In a new commentary published in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, WHO states that quality of care must improve if the world is to end preventable deaths of mothers and newborn babies globally.

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