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WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

24 October 2014 -- WHO convened a high-level emergency meeting on 23 October to look at the many complex policy issues that surround access to Ebola vaccines. Ways to ensure the fair distribution and financing of these vaccines were discussed, as well as plans for the different phases of clinical trials to be performed concurrently rather than consecutively, partnerships for expediting clinical trials, and proposals for getting all development partners moving in tandem and at the same accelerated pace.

Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 October 2014 -- Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing almost half a million more cases than previously estimated. WHO’s “Global tuberculosis report 2014” shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria

20 October 2014 -- WHO officially declares that Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission. This is a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained. The story of how Nigeria ended what many believed to be potentially the most explosive Ebola outbreak imaginable is worth telling in detail.

Uruguay acts decisively to prevent lead exposure

21 October 2014 -- Globally, lead poisoning kills an estimated 143 000 people every year. Young children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure as they absorb 4–5 times as much ingested lead as adults from a given source. This feature story describes Uruguay’s efforts to protect the population from lead exposure through a series of laws that address the main sources of contamination, such as lead paint.

Transforming health care in Tunisia

20 October 2014 -- Involving the community is part of a people-centred approach to health systems that aims to motivate individuals to make decisions about their own health. This feature story illustrates how people in Tunisia contributed to a national debate on the health-care system which has been accepted at the National Health Conference.

Ebola: What you need to know

Wash your hands with soap and water after every contact with sick people

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  • Polio: latest facts
    October 2014 -- Polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350 000 cases in more than 125 endemic countries then, to 416 reported cases in 2013. In 2014, only parts of 3 countries in the world remain endemic for the disease – the smallest geographic area in history.


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Dr Mario Raviglione, Director, WHO Global TB Programme.

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