Health workforce

WHO welcomes Cuban doctors for Ebola response in West Africa

WHO welcomes the commitment from the Government of Cuba to provide 165 health professionals to support Ebola care in West Africa. The newly announced support includes physicians, nurses, epidemiologists, specialists in infection control, intensive care specialists and social mobilization officers, and will be concentrated in Sierra Leone...

MDG Momentum - 500 days to the MDGs

Key facts on the MDGs Globally, the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.
In developing countries, the percentage of underweight children under 5 years old dropped from 25% in 1990 to 15% in 2012.
While the proportion of births attended by a skilled health worker has increased globally, fewer than 50% of births are attended in the WHO African Region.
Globally, new HIV infections declined by 33% between 2001 and 2012.
Existing cases of tuberculosis are declining, along with deaths among HIV-negative tuberculosis cases.

Margaret Chan highlights challenges for health workers in Ebola outbreak

13 August 2014 - Yesterday, the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan briefed the Geneva based United Nations country missions on the Ebola outbreak and response in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. She addressed the spread of the virus to health workers working on the frontlines and highlighted important reasons why the safety of health workers is a top priority. To date, nearly 170 health-care workers have been infected, and more than 80 have died.

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