23 January 2015 -- Thanks to preparedness activities by Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health, FIFA and WHO, the one million people gathered in Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are able to focus more on footie than on fears of Ebola. So what does it take to ensure that capacities are in place to prevent, identify and respond to potential Ebola virus transmission at such a large mass gathering?
19 January 2015 -- Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 – from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new WHO report. The report states that most premature NCD deaths are preventable.
15 January 2015 -- One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing this series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa’s first epidemic of Ebola virus disease. The papers explore reasons why the disease evaded detection for several months and the factors, many specific to West Africa, that fueled its subsequent spread.
WHO honours Haitians and international relief workers on 5th anniversary of 2010 earthquake
13 January 2015 -- On the 5th anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, 12 January 2010, WHO honours the earthquake's estimated 230 000 victims and their families. WHO pays tribute to the Haitian health workers and international relief workers for their dedication and outstanding efforts to bring relief to the disaster's victims and survivors. Continuing efforts that have already been mobilized will be essential to ensure the country is better prepared for potential hazards in the future, to prevent such a disaster from happening again.