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For Ebola survivors the pain goes on

29 October 2014 -- As the Ebola outbreak grows, a small but significant group of people is also growing - the Ebola survivors. The survivors have not found life easy on the other side of the Ebola ward. They have a range of symptoms - visual problems, body aches, such as joint, muscle and chest pain. It has become evident that physical after-effects of the disease are among the most pressing problems Ebola survivors face.

New WHO guidelines for mammography screening and referral

29 October 2014 -- A new WHO position paper examines the balance of benefits and harms in offering mammography screening to women after the age of 40 in a variety of settings. WHO is also issuing new guidelines for the referral of suspected breast cancer cases in low-resource settings, applicable to primary care.

WHO welcomes Swissmedic approval of Ebola vaccine trial at Lausanne University Hospital

28 October 2014 -- WHO welcomes the approval by Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory authority for therapeutic products, for a trial with an experimental Ebola vaccine at the Lausanne University Hospital. This marks the latest step towards bringing safe and effective Ebola vaccines for testing and implementation as quickly as possible.

WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

24 October 2014 -- WHO convened a high-level emergency meeting to look at the many complex policy issues that surround access to Ebola vaccines. Ways to ensure the fair distribution and financing of these vaccines were discussed, as well as plans for the different phases of clinical trials to be performed concurrently rather than consecutively, partnerships for expediting clinical trials, and proposals for getting all development partners moving in tandem and at the same accelerated pace.

Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 October 2014 -- Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing almost half a million more cases than previously estimated. WHO’s “Global tuberculosis report 2014” shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

Ebola: What you need to know

Provide a sick person with plenty of drinks - water, soup, tea. No alcohol

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  • Chikungunya
    October 2014 -- Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes fever and severe joint pain. Most patients recover fully, but in some cases joint pain may persist for several months, or even years.
  • Polio: latest facts
    October 2014 -- Polio cases have decreased by over 99% since 1988, from an estimated 350 000 cases in more than 125 endemic countries then, to 416 reported cases in 2013. In 2014, only parts of 3 countries in the world remain endemic for the disease – the smallest geographic area in history.


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Dr Mario Raviglione, Director, WHO Global TB Programme.

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