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  • 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
  • World Immunization Week is April 24-30
    World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. It prevents between 2 ...More
    April 21, 2015 Posted in News
  • EIS Officers Present Findings on Ebola, MERS and More at CDC's Disease Detective Conference
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is holding its 64th Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference April 20-23, 2015 in Atlanta. The event showcases recent ground-breaking and often times life-saving investigations by CDC disease detectives. ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • California Sets Record for West Nile Virus Activity
    It was a record-breaking year for West Nile virus activity in 2014, according to Dr. Karen Smith,  California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer. California had the second-highest number of human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in 2014 ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • California Public Health Officials Declare Measles Outbreak That Began in December is Now Over
    The California measles outbreak that began in December 2014 is over, announces Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer. No new outbreak-related measles cases have been reported to CDPH for two 21-day incubation ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Closing the Gap on Pneumonia in Kenya
    Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meager shelter of palm trees near the beach in ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News
  • Returning to Normal: The Road to Early Recovery From Ebola Starts With the Health System
    As part of early recovery efforts, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to work closely with national authorities and partners in the three high-transmission Ebola countries on how to rebuild confidence and trust in health systems and services. Nurse Sai ...More
    April 20, 2015 Posted in News