21 October 2014 -- Globally, lead poisoning kills an estimated 143 000 people every year. Young children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure as they absorb 4–5 times as much ingested lead as adults from a given source. This feature story describes Uruguay’s efforts to protect the population from lead exposure through a series of laws that address the main sources of contamination, such as lead paint.
20 October 2014 -- Involving the community is part of a people-centred approach to health systems that aims to motivate individuals to make decisions about their own health. This feature story illustrates how people in Tunisia contributed to a national debate on the health-care system which has been accepted at the National Health Conference.
20 October 2014 -- One of the challenges in the Ebola outbreak in Liberia has been a lack of local access to laboratories that can provide a quick and firm diagnosis of the disease. This month a new, high-tech mobile laboratory opened near Monrovia. Until the new lab was running, health workers had to wait 2 days to have a preliminary Ebola diagnosis confirmed. Now it takes just 3 to 5 hours to get results.
17 October 2014 -- WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over and commends the country on its diligence to end the transmission of the virus. Senegal’s response is a good example of what to do when faced with an imported case of Ebola. However, Senegal remains vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines.