Public Health

  • Helping Healthcare Workers Improve Hand Hygiene in Ebola-Affected Countries
    In Ebola-affected countries, like Sierra Leone, the lack of running water can make hand hygiene a challenge. Hand hygiene is so important in public health that May 5 every year is marked as Hand Hygiene Day. Dr. Komba Songu-Mbriwa is a doctor on the frontlines of the ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Investigators Report on Possible Sexual Transmission of Ebola Virus
    On March 20, 2015, 30 days after the most recent confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) patient in Liberia was isolated, Ebola was laboratory confirmed in a woman in Monrovia. The investigation identified only one epidemiologic link to Ebola: unprotected vaginal intercourse ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert on HIV and HCV Infections Among Persons Who Inject Drugs
    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a large outbreak of recent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections among persons who inject drugs (PWID). Many of the HIV-infected individuals in ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • WHO Works with Partners to Prevent Diarrheal Diseases in Earthquake-Ravaged Nepal
    The World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations in Nepal have mobilized further resources including medicine and medical equipment to prevent the possible spread of diarrheal diseases among populations affected by the country’s devastating earthquake. ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Americas Region is Declared the World's First to Eliminate Rubella
    The Americas region has become the first in the world to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious viral disease that can cause multiple birth defects as well as fetal death when contracted by women during pregnancy. This achievement culminates a ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Niger Notifies WHO of 1,543 Suspected Cases of Meningococcal Disease
    Between Jan. 1, 2015 and April 25, 2015, the Ministry of Public Health of Niger notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of 1,543 suspected cases of meningococcal disease, including 147 deaths. Suspected cases have been reported in seven of Niger’s eight regions. ...More
    5 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Creating Ways to Understand an Outbreak
    Mikiko Senga, a WHO epidemiologist specializing in emerging diseases was sent to Kenema, Sierra Leone in early June 2014 to gather data about the Ebola outbreak. There she found herself trying to make sense of information coming in a variety of ways, from bits of paper, ...More
    April 27, 2015 Posted in News
  • Global Vaccination Targets are Off Track, Warns WHO
    Progress toward global vaccination targets for 2015 is far off track, with 1 in 5 children still missing out on routine life-saving immunizations that could avert 1.5 million deaths each year from preventable diseases. In the lead-up to World Immunization Week 2015 (April ...More
    April 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Confronting Misperceptions
    Aminata Kobie is a health promotion officer in WHO's Sierra Leone Country Office. When the first Ebola cases began to appear in May 2014 in Sierra Leone, Kobie traveled the country educating health workers and communities about the virus. As the outbreak spread ...More
    April 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • April 25 is World Malaria Day 2015
    On World Malaria Day 2015, April 25, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for high-level commitment to the vision of a world free of malaria. The theme, set by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, is Invest in the future: Defeat malaria. This reflects the ambitious ...More
    April 21, 2015 Posted in News