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World Health Assembly addresses antimicrobial resistance, immunization gaps and malnutrition

25 May 2015 – The World Health Assembly today endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - including antibiotic resistance, the most urgent drug resistance trend. They also agreed a resolution to improve access to sustainable supplies of affordable vaccines, a key issue for low- and middle-income countries aiming to extend immunization to the entire population. Member States also agreed a set of indicators to monitor progress for global nutrition targets.

Racing to combat an unprecedented meningitis outbreak in Niger

15 May 2015 -- WHO and partners have sent an international expert team and negotiated provision of over half a million doses of vaccine to help Niger combat an unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal meningitis. This outbreak is the first large-scale meningitis outbreak caused by strain C to hit any country in Africa’s meningitis belt and has caused 5,855 suspected cases including 406 deaths.

Nepal ramps up disease surveillance after earthquakes

15 May 2015 -- As the rainy season approaches in Nepal, heightening the risk of disease outbreaks such as diarrhoeal disease and seasonal flu, WHO and the Ministry of Health and Population are working to increase disease surveillance and reporting at every level in earthquake affected areas of the country.

World Health Statistics reports on global health goals for 194 countries

13 May 2015 -- 2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals – goals set by governments in 2000 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s World Health Statistics assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed.

The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over

9 May 2015 -- Today, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. Interruption of transmission is a monumental achievement for a country that reported the highest number of deaths in the largest, longest, and most complex outbreak since Ebola first emerged in 1976. Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March 2015. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over.

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Highlights

  • WHO recommends 10 measurements for HIV
    May 2015 -- WHO released new guidelines recommending simplified indicators to measure the reach of HIV services, and the impact achieved at both the national and global levels.
  • Liberia conducts first polio, measles immunizations since Ebola outbreak
    May 2015 -- A week-long campaign to vaccinate more than 600,000 children against polio and measles has kicked off today in Liberia, led by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and WHO.

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Dr Okwo-Bele, WHO
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Professor Niang, anthropologist, in Sierra Leone
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    Cheikh Ibrahima Niang, a professor of medical and social anthropology, in Sierra Leone

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