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World Health Day 2015: From farm to plate, make food safe

2 April 2015 -- New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food supply chain. World Health Day will be celebrated on 7 April, with WHO highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan "From farm to plate, make food safe."

Ebola diaries: Regaining the people’s trust

31 March 2015 -- This diary by Cristiana Salvi recounts the early challenges around community engagement as the Ebola outbreak continued to spread by the end of April 2014. In Guinea communities had begun to hide people who were sick, fearing treatment centres, believing rumours Ebola response teams were there for sinister purposes. As a risk communications specialist, Cristiana was among the first to provide social mobilization support to the Ebola response. This is what she found.

El Salvador: Women spread the word on food safety

1 April 2015 -- Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. Be informed to ensure that the food on your plate is safe to eat. This is the message of this year’s World Health Day. This feature story describes an educational programme in El Salvador that addresses foodborne illness and poor nutrition by educating local women about food safety.

Measles campaign protects children on outer islands of Vanuatu

31 March 2015 - In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, the risk of infectious disease outbreaks is a real concern. Implementing a mass measles vaccination campaigns is one strategy to reduce that risk. A joint measles vaccination campaign targeting children under 5 started on 27 March 2015. Children under the age of 5 are most at-risk of the serious complications brought on by measles.

Haiti: safe food in rural schools

30 March 2015-- This feature story describes a successful project in Haiti that provides safely prepared food and education about food safety to schools in remote areas. Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhea to cancers. Be informed to ensure that the food on your plate is safe to eat. This is the message of this year’s World Health Day.

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  • Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan verified as achieving measles elimination
    March 2015 -- Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan have been verified as having achieved measles elimination by the Measles Regional Verification Commission. The 3 countries join Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea as countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region that have successfully eliminated measles.
  • First Ebola vaccine to be tested in affected communities
    March 2015 -- The Guinean Government with WHO initiated the very first efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine this week in an affected community of the Basse-Guinée, one of the areas where most Ebola cases are found in the country.

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