Public Health


  • Reaching Every Child: Polio Program Leaves its Legacy
    Four-year-old Pooja lives with her family in a jhuggi – a makeshift shanty made of corrugated iron – on a construction site on the outskirts of Kolkata, where her father has been working for the past few months. The settlement is crowded with temporary workers ...More
    April 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Measles Control in Viet Nam
    Nguyen Thi Thanh Thuy watches over her 2-year-old son as he takes quick, short breaths in a quarantined intensive care unit (ICU) at Hanoi’s National Pediatric Hospital. Like the 40 other children in the unit, Thuy’s son has a severe measles infection. Since the ...More
    April 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • WHO Expresses Concern About Rising Number of MERS-CoV Cases
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the rising number of cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in recent weeks, especially in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and in particular that two significant outbreaks occurred ...More
    April 24, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: 208 Cases, 136 Deaths
    As of April 20, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 208 clinical cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), including 136 deaths. To date, 169 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 112 cases have been laboratory ...More
    April 23, 2014 Posted in News
  • Busting the Myths About Ebola is Crucial to Stop Virus Transmission in Guinea
    Will eating raw onions once a day for three days protect me from Ebola? Is it safe to eat mangoes? Is it true that a daily intake of condensed milk can prevent infection with Ebola? These are just some of the questions posed to the health workers responding round the clock ...More
    April 23, 2014 Posted in News
  • Yellow Fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    On March 12, 2014, two events of yellow fever were reported in the North and in the South of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Six laboratory-confirmed cases with yellow fever virus infection were reported. Of these, three were from Bondo health zone1, Orientale ...More
    April 23, 2014 Posted in News
  • Polio Confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, Linked to Outbreak in Cameroon
    In Equatorial Guinea, three new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported on 14 April 14, 2014, the first polio in the country since 1999. Genetic sequencing indicates these cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon which has subsequently been ...More
    April 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa: 203 Cases, 129 Deaths
    As of April 17, 2014, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Guinea has reported a cumulative total of 203 clinical cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 129 deaths. To date, 158 patients have been tested for ebolavirus infection and 109 cases have been laboratory ...More
    April 21, 2014 Posted in News