15 May 2015 -- WHO and partners have sent an international expert team and negotiated provision of over half a million doses of vaccine to help Niger combat an unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal meningitis. This outbreak is the first large-scale meningitis outbreak caused by strain C to hit any country in Africa’s meningitis belt and has caused 5,855 suspected cases including 406 deaths.
15 May 2015 -- As the rainy season approaches in Nepal, heightening the risk of disease outbreaks such as diarrhoeal disease and seasonal flu, WHO and the Ministry of Health and Population are working to increase disease surveillance and reporting at every level in earthquake affected areas of the country.
13 May 2015 -- 2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals – goals set by governments in 2000 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s World Health Statistics assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed.
9 May 2015 -- Today, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. Interruption of transmission is a monumental achievement for a country that reported the highest number of deaths in the largest, longest, and most complex outbreak since Ebola first emerged in 1976. Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March 2015. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia is over.