18 December 2013 -- A WHO team has visited the displacement camp near Mpoko airport in the Central African Republic to assess the health situation and identify priority needs. The camp is now home to around 45 000 people who have fled recent violence. The most pressing issues in the camp, as in the rest of the country, include restoring basic and emergency health services.
19 December 2013 -- WHO has been officially notified by the Chinese health authorities that avian influenza A (H10N8) has been detected in a single patient with severe pneumonia. This is the first ever report of H10N8 isolated from a patient.
18 December 2013 -- Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central islands of the Philippines five weeks ago, killing over 6000 people, injuring some 26 000 and leaving 4 million others homeless. It also ravaged medical facilities across the region. In this photo story, WHO brings the emergency health response into focus and looks at the immense challenges ahead to sustain and expand critical health services and prevent disease, as the country’s battered health system is restored.
13 December 2013 -- Psychological first aid in emergencies, a WHO-recommended approach, is helping children who are suffering after the crisis. In many places affected by Typhoon Haiyan, children are returning to their schools to seek normalcy and comfort. The best ways for families and communities to help children are to keep them safe and ask them to share their concerns and listen to them. This feature shows how trained field workers are helping children to cope with the tragedy.
In March, more than 9 and a half million Yemenis, comprising adults and children, were treated for both bilharzia and intestinal soil-transmitted helminthiases in two separate 4-day campaigns. The first results show that infection levels have fallen by more than half since the beginning of the project.
The right to health includes access to timely, acceptable, and affordable health care of appropriate quality. WHO has been actively strengthening its role in providing technical, intellectual and political leadership on the right to health.
After the fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005), the Committee concluded that it saw no reason to change its previous advice. It was the unanimous decision of the Committee that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not at present been met.