31 March 2015 -- This diary by Cristiana Salvi recounts the early challenges around community engagement as the Ebola outbreak continued to spread by the end of April 2014. In Guinea communities had begun to hide people who were sick, fearing treatment centres, believing rumours Ebola response teams were there for sinister purposes. As a risk communications specialist, Christina was among the first to provide social mobilization support to the Ebola response. This is what she found.
31 March 2015 - In the aftermath of Cyclone Pam, the risk of infectious disease outbreaks is a real concern. Implementing a mass measles vaccination campaigns is one strategy to reduce that risk. A joint measles vaccination campaign targeting children under 5 started on 27 March 2015. Children under the age of 5 are most at-risk of the serious complications brought on by measles.
30 March 2015-- This feature story describes a successful project in Haiti that provides safely prepared food and education about food safety to schools in remote areas. Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually. Food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances is responsible for more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhea to cancers. Be informed to ensure that the food on your plate is safe to eat. This is the message of this year’s World Health Day.
25 March 2015 -- While there have been slight improvements in the security situation in parts of the Central African Republic in recent months, the country is still in the grips of a major health crisis, following years of conflict and underdevelopment. Only 55% of health facilities in the country are functioning. The country’s Ministry of Health and WHO lead the group of humanitarian partners are working together to fill the gaps in health care and to care for people affected by the crisis.