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How communities in Sierra Leone fought back Ebola

20 November 2014 -- When Ebola first swept through Port Loko District, the rash of sudden inexplicable deaths was so shocking that local people explained it as "a witch plane crash". But as husbands, wives, aunts, uncles and children began to sicken and die they realized this was not a supernatural event but something very human - that would take human actions to reverse. WHO began racing to set up community care centres. Here in pictures is the story of what they did.

Action needed to address crisis of violence against women and girls

21 November 2014 -- Current efforts to prevent violence against women and girls are inadequate, according to a new Series published in The Lancet. Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives.

Countries vow to combat malnutrition

19 November 2014 -- In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, over 170 countries today made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. Ministers and senior officials responsible for health, food or agriculture and other aspects of nutrition adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, and a Framework for Action.

UN reveals major gaps in water and sanitation – especially in rural areas

19 November 2014 -- Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation are gaining momentum. However, serious gaps in funding continue to slow progress, according to a new report from WHO on behalf of UN-Water. While international aid for the sector is on the rise, there continue to be major financial gaps at the country level, particularly in rural areas.

Global impact of drowning

17 November 2014 -- WHO’s first “Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer” reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people each year and is among the 10 leading causes of death for children and young people in every region. The report calls for increasing resources to prevent drowning and provides actions that can be taken by both policy-makers and local communities, all of which could save many young lives.


  • Global burden of preterm birth
    November 2014 -- Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, which is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. This is more than one in 10 babies – and these numbers are rising. WHO is committed to preventing and reducing the health problems and lives lost as a result of preterm birth.
  • Legionellosis fact sheet update
    November 2014 -- Legionellosis is caused by exposure to Legionella species found in water, and potting mixes. It varies in severity from a mild febrile illness to a serious and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia.

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Isabelle Nuttall, Director, Global Capacities, Alert and Response, WHO

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