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World Hepatitis Summit harnesses global momentum towards elimination

2 September 2015 -- The participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit, 2-4 September 2015, urge countries to develop national programmes that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. WHO is launching a new manual for the development and assessment of national viral hepatitis plans at the summit.

Guinea ring vaccination trial extended to Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new Ebola case

31 August 2015 -- Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first "ring vaccination" use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. The source of Ebola virus transmission is being investigated and all the people who may have been in contact with the infected person are being traced.

The road to redemption: Ebola infection prevention and control

28 August 2015 -- Redemption Hospital is the only public health facility in the area and serves some 90 000 people. In August 2014, the hospital was at the centre of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It quickly became overwhelmed and, for a time, had to close its inpatient department. Now, the community and its health workers feel safer coming to the hospital since adequate infection, prevention and control measures are in place.

Water, sanitation and hygiene to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

27 August 2015 -- WHO releases a global plan today to better integrate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services with other public health interventions to accelerate progress in eliminating and eradicating neglected tropical diseases by 2020. Targeted water and sanitation interventions are expected to bolster ongoing efforts to tackle 16 neglected tropical diseases that affect more than 1 billion of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Malawi: Giving the smallest babies the best chance at life

25 August 2015 -- Malawi is one of a few countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4, which aims to reduce under-5 mortality by two-thirds by the end of this year. Malawi reached this milestone in part by increasing access to lifesaving interventions outlined in newly published "WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes.”

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Highlights

  • Ebola features map update
    August 2015 -- This interactive timeline highlights the events of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The timeline links to stories of the people who responded, the people who survived and the communities who stood up and faced this disease.
  • Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination in India
    August 2015-- India has achieved a public health feat – the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is reduced to less than one case per 1 000 live births in the entire country. WHO has validated this achievement adding India to the list of countries that have successfully battled this killer disease.
  • Improving preterm birth outcomes: new guidance
    August 2015 - WHO’s new guidance WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes has been launched to help prevent the complications and consequences of preterm birth. Adding to efforts worldwide to further reduce child mortality, the guidance offers recommendations on interventions which can be provided to the mother when preterm birth is imminent and to the preterm infant after birth, with the aim of improving outcomes for preterm infants.

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Jim Campbell, Director, Health Workforce Department, WHO. Executive Director, Global Health Workforce Alliance.
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