22 September 2014 -- A new collection published in PLOS Medicine featuring reviews and country cases studies on the monitoring of progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) was launched at United Nations General Assembly. The articles in this collection provide technical details and country level experience about the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of UHC.
19 September 2014 -- Nearly 6 months after the first case of Ebola in west Africa was reported to WHO, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and the Security Council have approved resolutions creating the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response to contain the ongoing outbreak which has sickened more than 5500 people and killed over 2500. This is the first time in history that the UN has created a mission for a public health emergency. The Mission will bring together the vast resources of the UN agencies, funds and programmes, to reinforce WHO’s technical expertise and experience in disease outbreaks.
18 September 2014 -- Dr Margaret Chan welcomed the White House announcement of a major ramp-up in support of containing the Ebola outbreak in parts of west Africa. In the hardest-hit countries, the outbreak threatens to push governments to the brink of state failure. She announced a joint WHO/UN initiative to address the crisis, which has unprecedented humanitarian, political, economic, and security dimensions.