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.
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.
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.
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.