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WHO launches programme to improve antenatal care in Mozambique

30 September 2014 -- Antenatal care is an important factor in ensuring women deliver their babies safely, and that those babies are healthy. This feature story describes how 10 clinics across Mozambique will be providing full antenatal care services by the end of 2015. It is also highlights the importance of a “person-centred” approach to health care, ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need, when they need them.

WHO launches Age-friendly World web site

2 October 2014 -- On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO launched a new web site, Age-friendly World. The site provides guidance and tools for starting, implementing and evaluating age-friendly initiatives, as well as information on projects that are already up and running around the world.

WHO responding to unprecedented scale of humanitarian emergencies

26 September 2014 -- For the first time ever, WHO is leading the health response to 5 major humanitarian crises at the same time. More than 60 million people, from West Africa to Iraq, urgently require a wide range of health-care services. WHO is simultaneously working in Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and West Africa.


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Child causes of death estimates, 2000-2013 now available

September 2014 -- Cause-specific mortality estimates for the major causes of child death for 2000–2013 are now published, together with a summary of the data sources and methods.

UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Accra

September 2014 -- As the number of patients with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone surpassed 6500 with more than 3000 deaths, the United Nations is increasing the momentum to curb the spread of the disease. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mr Anthony Banbury, arrived in Accra to head the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will join governments and international partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak.

World Heart Day 2014: salt reduction saves lives

September 2014 -- On World Heart Day, 29 September, WHO is calling on countries to decrease the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.


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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Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General - Health Systems and Innovation.

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