World Hepatitis Day 2014: Think again

World Hepatitis Day 2014 poster
World Hepatitis Alliance

23 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. A 2014 World Health Assembly resolution emphasizes how important it is for countries to have comprehensive national plans to tackle hepatitis - designed to meet the needs of the country, using the resources available.

“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.

Fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) experts respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
WHO

21 July 2014 -- National health authorities, WHO and partners are working around the clock to contain the Ebola outbreak affecting eastern Sierra Leone. The vast geographical spread of the outbreak requires an enormous and robust response. Finding and treating all Ebola patients and then tracing and observing the close contacts of those people over a period of 21 days to ensure they have not been infected is a key to halt the chain of transmission.

People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

A mosaic of images representing the key populations for HIV services, men who have sex with men, people in prisons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people.
WHO

11 July 2014 -- Key populations such as men who have sex with men, people in prisons, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, are most at risk of HIV yet are least likely to access HIV prevention, testing and treatment services. In many countries they are left out of national HIV plans, and discriminatory laws and policies are major barriers to access. WHO issues new recommendations for countries on health services and policy changes to turn the situation around.

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