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  • World Mental Health Day – 10 October: Dignity in mental health
    9 October 2015 -- Thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. As well as being discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised, they are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Poor quality care, due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities, leads to further violations.
  • WHO/UNAIDS launch new standards to improve adolescent care
    6 October 2015 -- New Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNAIDS aim to help countries improve the quality of adolescent health care.
  • Statement on the 7th meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
    5 October 2015 -- The IHR Emergency Committee advised that the Ebola virus disease outbreak continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Committee advised the WHO Director-General to consider the temporary recommendations, which supersede and replace those issued previously.

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