WHO Director-General and west African presidents launch Ebola outbreak response plan

WHO anthropologist Sylvain Landry Faye talking to a resident of Kolobengu village.
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31 July 2014 -- The new joint US$ 100 million response plan is part of an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the outbreak under control. “The scale of the Ebola outbreak, and the persistent threat it poses, requires WHO and Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to take the response to a new level, and this will require increased resources, in-country medical expertise, regional preparedness and coordination,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “The countries have identified what they need, and WHO is reaching out to the international community to drive the response plan forward.”

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2014

Graphic depicting a mother, infant breastfeeding, father and health worker.
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31 July 2014 -- World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. WHO actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children.

Challenges and rewards of working on Ebola outbreak

Dr Mauricio and Dr Catherine as they prepare to enter the isolation ward at Kenema hospital, Sierra Leone.
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29 July 2014 -- The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN), a WHO-based network of experts and institutions, assists with the international response to disease outbreaks. This feature describes the challenges and experiences of 2 doctors who were recently deployed by WHO to respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

WHO appalled by attacks on health-care facilities in Gaza

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28 July 2014 -- Sustained calm is needed so thousands of injured people can receive urgently needed health care. It is vital for health facilities and staff to be able to perform their life-saving work without fear of attack. WHO reminds all parties to the conflict of their ethical and legal obligations to protect medical services under international humanitarian law.

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  • 1 August 2014

    WHO Director-General assesses the Ebola outbreak with three West African presidents

    Dr Margaret Chan has briefed the presidents on the Ebola situation in Conakry, Guinea. She underscored the many unprecedented dimensions of the outbreak, the extraordinary challenges that have emerged, and the need for a turning point in the international response. She announced that on 6-7 August, WHO will convene an Emergency Committee meeting in order to ascertain whether the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC) and, if it does, to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread.

  • July 2014

    WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reach eastern Aleppo and Mouadamiya in Rural Damascus

    WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) delivered surgical and medical assistance to besieged eastern Aleppo and communities in Mouadamiya in Rural Damascus in agreement with the Syrian government and the opposition.

  • July 2014

    WHO lost one of our colleagues, Glenn Thomas, on the MH17 Malaysian Airlines plane crash

    Glenn Thomas from the Department of Communications was travelling to the International AIDS Conference in Australia. Glenn had been with WHO for more than a decade. He will be greatly missed by those who had the opportunity to know him and work with him.

  • July 2014

    Immunization coverage reaches 84%, still short of 90% goal

    Estimates tell a success story for the Expanded Programme on Immunization, namely that global coverage with vaccines, measured by the proportion of children who received 3 doses of vaccines containing diphtheria tetanus-pertussis (DTP3), rose from 73% in 2000 to 84% in 2013, a substantial increase. But the numbers still fall short of the goal set out in the Global Vaccine Action Plan.

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