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WHO launches programme to improve antenatal care in Mozambique

30 September 2014 -- Antenatal care is an important factor in ensuring women deliver their babies safely, and that those babies are healthy. This feature story describes how 10 clinics across Mozambique will be providing full antenatal care services by the end of 2015. It is also highlights the importance of a “person-centred” approach to health care, ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need, when they need them.

WHO responding to unprecedented scale of humanitarian emergencies

26 September 2014 -- For the first time ever, WHO is leading the health response to 5 major humanitarian crises at the same time. More than 60 million people, from West Africa to Iraq, urgently require a wide range of health-care services. WHO is simultaneously working in Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and West Africa.

WHO helps Central African Republic assess damage and restore its health system

26 September 2014 -- Amid intense conflict and massive population displacement, WHO has led a successful survey of Central African Republic’s beleaguered health system, a first for the country. WHO’s Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) assessed all aspects of over 800 health facilities, providing a baseline that can help the country respond to acute needs and work to build back a sustainable health care system.

WHO responding to health crises caused by large-scale population displacements in Iraq

18 September 2014 -- Intensified conflict has sparked the massive displacement of people across Iraq, especially the north, posing a wide range of health threats. As part of the humanitarian response WHO and partners are responding by controlling disease outbreaks, supplying medicines and strengthening hospitals, clinics and the health workforce.

WHO responds to health crises facing war-wracked South Sudan

25 September 2014 -- Conflict-plagued South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, is being wracked by one of the world’s most severe humanitarian health emergencies. WHO and partner health organizations have been filling gaps throughout the country, providing services to more than 2 million people impacted by war wounds, disease outbreaks and malnutrition.

WHO and health partners responding to the Syrian Arab Republic health tragedy

24 September 2014 -- Since 2011, over 190 000 people have been killed, almost 1 million injured and almost 6.5 million internally displaced in the Syrian Arab Republic. The prolonged conflict has left the Syrian Arab Republic with a weak health system that will take a long time to recover to its pre-conflict status. This feature story describes WHO’s work in delivering medical assistance for over 8 million Syrians.


UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Accra

September 2014 -- As the number of patients with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone surpassed 6500 with more than 3000 deaths, the United Nations is increasing the momentum to curb the spread of the disease. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Anthony Banbury, arrived in Accra to head the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will join governments and international partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak.

World Heart Day 2014: salt reduction saves lives

September 2014 -- On World Heart Day, 29 September, WHO is calling on countries to decrease the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.

WHO action to increase access to affordable hepatitis C treatment

September 2014 -- WHO has published an analysis of the patent situation for 7 new hepatitis treatments to help countries achieve equitable access to quality, effective, affordable and safe hepatitis C treatments.

Focus: MERS-CoV

MERS-CoV preventive messages for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

It is important for countries to use all practical and effective means possible to communicate information on a range of issues before, during and after Umrah and Hajj to all key groups.


Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General - Health Systems and Innovation.

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