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Public Health

  • Health Officials Race to Combat Unprecedented Outbreak of Meningococcal Disease in Niger
    From Jan. 1 to May 10, 2015, Niger’s Ministry of Public Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis, including 406 deaths. This is a rapidly growing outbreak with some unprecedented features. Suspected cases ...More
    May 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • Nepal Ramps Up Disease Surveillance After Earthquakes
    Every morning since the first of two recent earthquakes struck Nepal on April 25, Dr. Sharmila Shrestha and researcher Sanjita Thapa have made the hour-long journey from Kathmandu to Kavrepulanchok, a district east of Kathmandu valley, with one goal in mind – to ...More
    May 15, 2015 Posted in News
  • First Case of Ebola Virus Disease in Italy is Reported to WHO
    On May 12, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) received notification of a laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Italy. This is the first EVD case to be detected on Italian soil. The patient is a healthcare worker who has returned from volunteering ...More
    May 14, 2015 Posted in News
  • CDC Reaches Milestone for Field Deployment in Ebola Outbreak
    On May 9, 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reached a milestone, sending the 1,000th field deployer to West Africa as part of the largest outbreak response in the agency’s history. ...More
    May 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Detecting Disease on an Unprecedented Scale
    In June 2014, Jim Strong and Allen Grolla, laboratory scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada, were deployed through the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) to work with WHO in Guinea and Sierra Leone. They had experience working in previous ...More
    May 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak in Liberia is Over
    On May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia to be free of Ebola virus transmission. Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on March 28, 2015. Interruption of transmission is a monumental achievement for a ...More
    May 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Recommends 10 Measurements for HIV Epidemic
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines recommending simplified indicators to measure the reach of HIV services, and the impact achieved at both the national and global levels. The new consolidated strategic information guidelines for HIV in the ...More
    May 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO is Committed to Helping Nepal Deliver Healthcare to Its Citizens
    The World Health Organization says its is committed to supporting Nepal’s health system to deliver life-saving and essential services to its people and build back resilient healthcare facilities that will be safe in emergencies, affirms Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the ...More
    May 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Best Practices for Naming New Human Infectious Diseases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) today called on scientists, national authorities and the media to follow best practices in naming new human infectious diseases to minimize unnecessary negative effects on nations, economies and people. “In recent years, ...More
    May 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO Takes Action to Improve Access to Medicines for Hepatitis C, Drug-Resistant TB
    The World Health Organization (WHO) today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. The move opens the way ...More
    May 8, 2015 Posted in News