Public Health

  • Ebola Diaries: Changing Healthcare Worker Culture
    Dr. Cota Vallenas talks about her experiences in the early days of the Ebola outbreak as an expert in infection prevention and control. She reminds us that healthcare workers are among the most vulnerable and a cultural change is needed around self-protection to ensure ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Combined Sewer Systems Lead to Risk of Illness After Heavy Rains
    Consumers whose drinking water can be contaminated by the release of untreated wastewater after heavy rains face increased risk for gastrointestinal illness, according to a report in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "Combined" sewer systems collect both sewage ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Crossing Borders
    As the WHO emergency focal point for West Africa, whenever there is an emergency in the region, Dr. Ngoy Nsenga is one of the first to be deployed. Following confirmation of Ebola cases in Guinea, Nsenga went to Sierra Leone to help assess emergency response capacity. ...More
    April 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Paper Highlights Final Steps to Polio Eradication
    April 12, 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jonas Salk's landmark polio vaccine trial results, which confirmed that the first vaccine against polio was safe and effective. A new review, which was published online ahead of print in Future Microbiology, ...More
    April 2, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Regaining the People's Trust
    Cristiana Salvi, a risk communications specialist from WHO’s European regional office was deployed to Guinea at the end of April and into early May 2014 to provide social mobilization support to the Ebola response. Social mobilization involves working with communities ...More
    March 31, 2015 Posted in News
  • WHO's Medical Detectives Work With Health Authorities to Solve a Mystery
    On a hot afternoon in November 2014, Benin’s minister of health, Dr. Dorothée Kinde Gazard and WHO country representative Dr. Youssouf Gamatié visited the Hôpital de Saint Jean de Dieu in Tanguiéta, in the country’s northwest. They ...More
    March 31, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: Fighting an Uphill Battle
    Dr. Rob Fowler is a Canadian critical care physician from Toronto who was recruited by the World Health Organization in August 2013 to work with the Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases clinical team. When the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in late March 2014, Fowler was part of ...More
    March 30, 2015 Posted in News
  • Global Health Experts Outline Lessons to be Learned from Ebola Epidemic
    In the year since the World Health Organization (WHO) was first notified of an outbreak of what proved to be Ebola virus disease in the west African country of Guinea, more than 24,000 cases have been reported and over 10,000 individuals have died -- primarily in Guinea, ...More
    March 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Phase 1 Trial of Ebola Vaccine Based on 2014 Strain Shows It is Safe, Provokes an Immune Response
    Results from the first phase 1 trial of an Ebola vaccine based on the current (2014) strain of the virus are today published in The Lancet. Until now, all tested Ebola virus vaccines have been based on the virus strain from the Zaire outbreak in 1976. The results suggest ...More
    March 25, 2015 Posted in News
  • Ebola Diaries: All in a Day's Work
    A logistician with 25 years of experience, Jose Rovira-Vilaplana has supported all types of outbreaks and emergency responses, from Marburg fever and Ebola virus outbreaks, to deploying to Mexico before and during the H1N1 pandemic. He was in the first WHO response team to ...More
    March 25, 2015 Posted in News