Public Health

  • 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
  • Hand Hygiene in the Control of Ebola Virus Disease
    For any infection that can be spread through touch, including those carried in bodily fluids, hand hygiene is vital. It is the key action that protects every individual. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights a number of key messages on hand hygiene in ...More
    May 4, 2015 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • 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
    May 4, 2015 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
    May 1, 2015 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
    May 1, 2015 Posted in News