Health workers have played a critical yet high risk role in responding to the Ebola epidemic and in working to meet the health needs of their communities. One lesson learnt from the epidemic is that health worker protection is key to the capability of health systems to respond to health emergencies and meet routine healthcare needs. A new report on Ebola health worker infections launched today, by the World Health Organization, summarizes the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the health workforce of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It quantifies the health worker infection risk, summarizes the determinants of infection from the literature, and describes practices that were put in place to protect health workers during the epidemic. The report covers the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 March 2015.
18 May 2015 -- The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly kicked of today under the theme of “Building resilient Health Systems”, where officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of WHOs activities and set new priorities for the future.
13 May 2015 / GENEVA – 2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – goals set by governments in 1990 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s World Health Statistics – published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) – assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed.
Midwives: for a better tomorrow
“We need midwives, we need midwives, we need midwives. No woman in this world should die giving birth. Giving birth should be a precious and pleasant experience.” Dr M. Chan, Director- General WHO, Geneva Dialogue on Midwifery,
27 February 2015
On the International Day of the Midwife, the World health Organization (WHO) and the Global health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), join hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of midwives’ in the healthcare continuum and celebrate this vital workforce. Midwives work in and across a wide range of settings and make a significant contribution to the wider public health agenda.