Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa is unprecedented in many ways, including the high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected.

To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died.

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.

  • (Source WHO, May 2014)

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