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.
18 October 2014 -- The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded today in Moscow. Despite increased efforts by tobacco industry to undermine the WHO FCTC, several landmark decisions were passed in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history.
20 October 2014 -- One of the challenges in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia has been a lack of local access to laboratories that can provide a quick and firm diagnosis of the disease. This month a new, high-tech mobile laboratory opened near Monrovia. Until the new lab was running, health workers had to wait 2 days to have a preliminary Ebola diagnosis confirmed. Now it takes just 3 to 5 hours to get results.
17 October 2014 -- WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus. Senegal’s response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola. However, Senegal remains vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines.