Spreading the word about Ebola through music

WHO/ M. Seeger

20 August 2014 -- “Take away the fear, don’t hide yourself. People can still survive from Ebola,” are the lyrics of the Ebola Rap, a song written by Charles Yegba, a Liberian artist seeking to raise awareness about the virus in his community. Charles, leader of the AFROCO music group, is recording his song and creating a video to disseminate his message across Liberia, one of the west African countries severely affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak.

WHO calls for protection of health workers in conflicts, disasters

A humanitarian worker with school children, Syria.
S. Sabouni

18 August 2014 -- As major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency, WHO is calling for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO will draw attention to attacks on health-care workers, hospitals, clinics and ambulances in Syria, Gaza, Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and other areas.

Air travel is low-risk for Ebola transmission

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14 August 2014 -- WHO today reiterated its position that the risk of transmission of Ebola virus disease during air travel remains low. Ebola is not airborne and can only be transmitted by direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is sick with the disease. On the small chance that someone on the plane is sick with Ebola, the likelihood of other passengers and crew having contact with their body fluids is low. WHO is therefore advising against travel bans to and from affected countries.

Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Government weekly press briefing with the WHO response coordinator in Guinea, Dr Mamadou Djing.
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12 August 2014 -- A panel of experts was convened by WHO to consider and assess the ethical implications for clinical decision-making of the potential use of unregistered interventions. They reached consensus that, in the circumstances of this outbreak, it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as of yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention.

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  • August 2014

    Half of preterm babies born in hospitals miss out on life-saving drug

    A new WHO study reveals that only half of women who gave birth preterm in hospitals have received steroid injections which prevent death and disability among vulnerable, preterm newborns. The study is the largest to look at the use of these life-saving drugs internationally.

  • August 2014

    Consultation on draft Global action plan on antimicrobial resistance

    A World Health Assembly resolution calls on WHO to lead the development of a Global action plan to address antimicrobial resistance and submit a draft plan to the 2015 World Health Assembly. In this first stage, WHO will seek contributions to help draft the action plan. The consultation is open until 1 September 2014.

  • August 2014

    WHO responds to health challenges facing people trapped on Iraq’s Mount Sinjar

    WHO is supporting the delivery of urgently needed health services to people affected by insecurity in northern Iraq, including tens of thousands of children, women and men trapped on Sinjar Mountain and many more who have escaped to safer areas.

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