World Immunization Week 2014: Know, Check, Protect

17 April 2014 -- Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

Surviving a deadly virus - some in Guinea have recovered from Ebola

Abdullah, Ebola survivor, Guinea, and Tom Fletcher, WHO
WHO/M-A. Heine

15 April 2014 -- There is neither a vaccine nor a specific treatment for Ebola virus disease. By 14 April 2014, more than 100 people had been confirmed or suspected of having contracted Ebola in Guinea and more than half had died. But to-date, 9 patients who were admitted to Donka hospital have recovered and returned home in good health.

Improving health services in emergencies

WHO staff checking supplies in warehouse in Jakarta.
WHO/M-A. Heine

14 April 2014 -- Disaster risk reduction is a priority for the Indonesian Government. So Indonesia has integrated crisis prevention, emergency response and recovery measures into its development planning and budgeting. To ensure immediate health assistance in case of an emergency, WHO supported the Ministry of Health to create 9 regional centres across the country.

Mexico advances towards universal health coverage

10 April 2014 -- The comprehensive treatment for breast cancer that Martha Alida Solórzano received is the direct result of Mexico’s national insurance program known as Seguro Popular (Popular Insurance), launched in 2003. The programme guarantees access to an integrated package of health services to more than 50 million Mexicans – nearly half the population – who did not already have coverage under the country’s social security system.

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  • April 2014

    Lifesaving health priorities in the aftermath of floods in Solomon Islands

    The floods in Solomon Islands disrupted the delivery of health services in the capital city of Honiara and Guadalcanal Province. WHO is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services at the central and provincial levels in coordinating the health response to this emergency.

  • April 2014

    Timor-Leste: Strong malaria control programme cuts cases

    With increased political commitment, advances in diagnostic testing and treatment and financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Timor-Leste has made huge strides in the prevention and control of malaria in recent years.

  • April 2014

    World Malaria Day 2014: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria

    Malaria still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, mainly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission. The theme for 2014 and 2015 is: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

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