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.
WHO/T. Jasarevic

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.

World Hepatitis Day 2014: Think again

World Hepatitis Day 2014 poster
World Hepatitis Alliance

25 July 2014 -- On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. WHO and partners urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to "think again" about this silent killer.

WHO appalled by attacks on health-care facilities in Gaza

Health facility in Gaza.

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.

“Stepping up the Pace” on HIV

Young people from key populations taking part in Youth LEAD workshops to discuss HIV issues affecting them.
Youth LEAD

17 July 2014 -- The biennial International AIDS Conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia, 20-25 July 2014. At the conference, WHO will release a progress report on HIV treatment and other health sector interventions. The Organization has also recently highlighted ways to improve provision of HIV services for key groups. These feature stories highlight some of the issues key populations face.

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  • 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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