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Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone

12 September 2014 -- Cuba is known the world over for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses who can then go out to help other countries in need. And now it will send a medical team of 165 people to Sierra Leone to help in the frontline in the Ebola response efforts.

Shell-shocked Gazans seek to expand mental health services in wake of conflict

12 September 2014 -- Following the recent conflict in Gaza, WHO estimates that an expected 360 000 people – 20% of Gaza’s population – are suffering a range of mental health challenges. Studies have shown that armed conflict causes significant levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychologist Hasan Zeyada lost close family himself during the recent hostilities and continues to support people who need help.

Sri Lanka’s low-cost people-centred approach to health challenges

8 September 2014 -- Noncommunicable diseases – heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory disease – now account for 65% of all deaths in Sri Lanka and are a significant factor in escalating health care costs. In response, the country has, since 2011, used its extensive network of clinics and hospitals to set up 700 healthy lifestyle centres. All Sri Lankan citizens have access to affordable quality health care making the introduction of new approaches feasible. This feature story highlights the work in Sri Lanka to tackle NCDs.

More hospital beds for Liberia

10 September 2014 -- Doctors and nurses are critical to controlling the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. But so are many others – including engineers, architects, plumbers and construction workers. This feature story describes the work involved in constructing a new Ebola treatment centre in Liberia.

WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa

28 August 2014 -- WHO issues a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread. It also recognizes the need to address, in parallel, the outbreak’s broader socioeconomic impact.


  • Responding to serious health concerns in conflict-affected Ukraine
    The crisis in eastern Ukraine is creating a looming health emergency as hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and are living in varying and often exposed conditions. Find out how WHO and partners are intensifying humanitarian health services.
  • Report on regulation of e-cigarettes
    The report recommends that appropriate government bodies restrict e-cigarette advertising and that steps be taken to end use of e-cigarettes indoors in public and work places

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