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WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

28 July 2015 -- Hepatitis B and C lead to nearly 1.4 million deaths every year. On World Hepatitis Day, WHO urges countries to do more to prevent new infections and ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. It highlights the risks associated with unsafe medical procedures and encourages vaccinating children against hepatitis B.

Partners in the Ebola response

29 July 2015 -- The West African Ebola outbreak outpaced the ability of any one government or organization to contain and stop it. The international community responded to the appeals for help from the United Nations and other international organizations with a vast array of much-needed support. Such support came in a variety of ways: from sending medical teams and mobile laboratories, to building treatment centres, to donating funds and supplies, to providing training, to deploying specialists in areas such as epidemiology, community engagement and anthropology. Here we look at the different roles partners played.

Africa risks large meningitis outbreak

28 July 2015 -- With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of people affected. While substantial progress has been made in recent years, much work needs to be done to protect the African meningitis belt and vaccination remains key to prevent outbreaks.

Self-testing helps combat HIV in adolescents

22 July 2015 -- An HIV self-testing project in Malawi raises the rate of adolescents tested to over 80%. WHO encourages countries to conduct pilot programmes on HIV self-testing so information can be gathered and the role self-tests can be evaluated. Better access to self-testing helps adolescents who need further support for prevention, treatment and care of HIV. Concerns about confidentiality and privacy are one of the key barriers to HIV testing services for adolescents.

Vaccinating and registering the children born during Ebola

24 July 2015 -- In Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak has affected all aspects of health care. Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but it is clear that many children have missed out on routine vaccination services and birth registration during the outbreak. To counter this, mass immunization campaigns are being held to enable children to ‘catch-up’. In June this year, an integrated measles and polio campaign was conducted reaching 97% of children under the age of 5.

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WHO facts

Worldwide, only about 14% of people who need palliative care currently receive it.


Highlights

  • Policy brief: Transgender people and HIV
    July 2015 -- This WHO technical brief is the first to summarize essential information and existing WHO recommendations for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care specifically among transgender populations.
  • The control of neglected zoonotic diseases
    July 2015 -- A newly published report finds that most neglected zoonotic diseases can be controlled through the use of existing knowledge and tools. WHO estimates that nearly two-thirds of all human pathogens originate from zoonoses.
  • Liberia update: New information from genetic sequencing
    July 2015 -- On 29 June 2015, a new case of Ebola virus disease was identified in Liberia 50 days after interruption of active transmission was achieved on 9 May. As part of the investigation into the source of this infection, samples from the first case were sent to a lab for genetic sequencing.

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Commentary

Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, and Dr Tim Evans, Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group.
  • We can beat the tobacco epidemic
    Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, and Dr Tim Evans, Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Ebola diaries

Carmem Pessoa, WHO infection control specialist, at a technical discussion with Ebola holding centre staff, Liberia
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