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World Health Day 2015: Food safety - the global view

31 March 2015 -- Everyone, everywhere needs safe food, free from microbes, viruses and chemicals. But globalization means the food you are eating today may have come from the other side of the world. This video tells how we all have a role to make food safe - from farm to plate.

Ebola diaries: Regaining the people’s trust

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.

Measles campaign protects children on outer islands of Vanuatu

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.

Haiti: safe food in rural schools

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.

Central African Republic: health emergency at a crossroads

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.

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  • Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan verified as achieving measles elimination
    March 2015 -- Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan have been verified as having achieved measles elimination by the Measles Regional Verification Commission. The 3 countries join Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea as countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region that have successfully eliminated measles.
  • First Ebola vaccine to be tested in affected communities
    March 2015 -- The Guinean Government with WHO initiated the very first efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine this week in an affected community of the Basse-Guinée, one of the areas where most Ebola cases are found in the country.

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