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Tobacco treaty makes significant progress

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.

Senegal is now free of Ebola virus transmission

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.

Community-based NCD prevention in the Republic of Korea

14 October 2014 -- More than 14 million people between the ages of 30 and 70 die each year from NCDs. 85% live in developing countries. This feature story illustrates how counselling centres in the Republic of Korea provide important community-based services to help combat noncommunicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Liberia: Working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola

12 October 2014 -- In many communities, the outbreak of Ebola virus disease has caused intense fear that sometimes manifests in violence against health workers. WHO’s Dr Peter Clement took a bold approach, travelling 12 hours over dirt roads to the hostile communities in Lofa County, Liberia. There he went straight to meet the chiefs, to listen and work with communities to help them to develop their own plans.


Highlights

  • Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
    October 2014 -- Price and tax measures to reduce demand for tobacco, e-cigarettes, and sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing are amongst the issues being discussed in Moscow from 13–18 October at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The 179 Parties to the Convention, will also discuss trade, investment and liability issues, as well as tobacco industry interference with the implementation of tobacco control.
  • A common approach to strengthen Ebola preparedness in unaffected countries
    October 2014 -- WHO and partner organizations have agreed on a range of actions to support countries unaffected by Ebola in strengthening their preparedness in the event of an outbreak. Building on national and international existing preparedness efforts, a set of tools is being developed to help any country to intensify and accelerate their readiness.
  • Older people in emergencies
    October 2014 -- WHO is joining international calls to ensure greater attention is given to the needs, vulnerabilities, and capabilities of older people – before, during, and after emergencies, including natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.

Focus: MERS-CoV

MERS-CoV preventive messages for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

It is important for countries to use all practical and effective means possible to communicate information on a range of issues before, during and after Umrah and Hajj to all key groups.


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Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General - Family, Women's and Children's Health.

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