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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.

Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic

27 April 2015 -- The WHO Representative to the Central African Republic, Dr Michel Yao, says the humanitarian crisis wracking the country has displaced approximately 200 000 people and put around 1.5 million people at risk. Increased effort and funding, he says, is needed to prevent the crisis in the Central African Republic being “forgotten crisis.”

Improved blood systems in Ebola-affected countries expected to be positive outcome

24 April 2015 -- Before the Ebola outbreak, national blood systems in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were struggling to make progress, but the demands after Ebola hit West Africa made them virtually collapse. Today, thanks to the potential of use of convalescent whole blood and plasma as a therapy for patients, there is new hope and energy to rebuild national blood systems better than before to meet country needs.

Global vaccination targets ‘off-track’ warns WHO

22 April 2015 -- Progress towards global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off-track with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015, WHO is calling for renewed efforts to get progress back on course.

Keeping Syrian children free from polio at home and across the border

20 April 2015 – The four-year-long armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has driven millions of families from their homes. WHO is working with public health authorities and partners to ensure Syrian children – whether still in their home country or living in camps across the border in Jordan – are immunized against polio. During World Immunization Week, hundreds of thousands of children in both countries will be immunized.

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Highlights

  • Improving access to high quality care for obstetric fistula
    April 2015 -- Obstetric fistula is a debilitating condition affecting approximately 2 million women and girls across Africa and Asia, as a result of prolonged, obstructed labour. A new WHO, EngenderHealth and USAID study shows 7-day catheterization is as safe and effective as 14-day catheterization for managing women following the repair of a simple fistula.
  • WHO warns of imminent collapse of health care services in Yemen
    April 2015 -- WHO warns of an imminent collapse of health-care services in Yemen. Health facilities are struggling to function as they face increasing shortages of life-saving medicines and vital health supplies, frequent disruptions in power supply and lack of fuel for generators.

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