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.

  • (Source WHO, May 2014)

    GHWA Board charts way forward for global HRH strategy

    The Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) held its seventeenth meeting on July 17-18 at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva; an exciting meeting that focussed on reviewing progress on the outcomes of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (HRH) held in Recife, Brazil in November 2013 and also exploring the way forward for GHWA.

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