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Guinea ring vaccination trial extended to Sierra Leone to vaccinate contacts of new Ebola case

Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone, after the country had marked almost 3 weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first “ring vaccination” use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone. The source of Ebola virus transmission is being investigated and all the people who may have been in contact with the infected person are being traced.

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WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. WHO is alerting people to the risks of contracting hepatitis from unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment. Some 11 million people who inject drugs have hepatitis B or C infection. Children born to mothers with hepatitis B or C and sex partners of people with hepatitis are also at risk of becoming infected.

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Recurrence of Ebola transmission in Liberia

On 9 May 2015, Liberia marked an important milestone in the management of their Ebola outbreak. On that day, the country was declared free of Ebola transmission because no new cases had been identified for 42 days after the safe burial of the last person confirmed to have been infected with Ebola virus disease. Although transmission of the virus had ceased, Liberia remained at high risk of a recurrence of Ebola due to ongoing transmission in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone. For this reason Liberia then entered a 90-day period of vigilance involving testing anyone with features of Ebola virus disease and testing post-mortem swabs for Ebola virus.

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July WHO Bulletin

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via WHO | Volume 93, Number 7, July 2015, 437-512. In the editorial section, Hildy Fong & Eva Harris (438) encourage the fair distribution of health Read More

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Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people is undermining health improvements

Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals. The Joint Monitoring Programme report, Progress on sanitation and drinking water: 2015 update and MDG assessment, says worldwide, 1 in 3 people, or 2.4 billion, are still without sanitation facilities – including 946 million people who defecate in the open.

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WHO coordinating the health response to Nepal earthquake; working to prevent spread of disease

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Amid ongoing search and rescue operations being carried out in Nepal after Saturday’s devastating earthquake, WHO has taken leadership in coordinating medical relief for affected communities. According to Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s Emergency Health Response Manager, the Organization is working closely with Nepal’s government to ensure that medical aid is delivered effectively.

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WHO Ebola Situation Report

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This report offers up-to-date information about the status of Ebola, numbers of cases and deaths, progress in interventions, and country-specific data. Ebola Situation Report – Read More

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March WHO Bulletin


In the editorial section, Sulaiman Bah (134) discusses the possibility of dropping door-to-door enumeration in the next South African census. Priya Agrawal (135) points to Read More

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WHO February Bulletin

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Volume 93, Number 2, February 2015, 65-132 In the editorial section, Steven J Hoffman et al. (66) argue for a binding international legal framework to Read More

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January WHO Bulletin

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This month’s bulletin features articles about the following: • The Ebola epidemic:   – a turning point for global health   – relects the global health workforce crisis   – vaccine Read More

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New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally

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The “Global status report on violence prevention 2014″ reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15–44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence. Despite indications that homicide rates decreased by 16% globally between 2000 and 2012, violence remains widespread. Non-fatal acts of violence take a particular toll on women and children. One in four children has been physically abused; one in five girls has been sexually abused; and one in three women has been a victim of physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence at some point in her lifetime.

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Bulletin of the World Health Organization – December

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  This month’s Bulletin of the World Health Organization offers some interesting perspectives about the following topics: Countries with Ebola need stronger health systems Dracunculiasis Read More

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WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria


The Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on 20 July when an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane into Lagos, Africa’s most populous city. The man, who died in hospital 5 days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of 19 people, of whom 7 died. According to WHO recommendations, the end of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in a country can be declared once 42 days have passed and no new cases have been detected. The 42 days represents twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola (21 days). This 42-day period starts from the last day that any person in the country had contact with a confirmed or probable Ebola case.

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WHO statement on the Seventh Meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding MERS-CoV

The seventh meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee through electronic correspondence from 26 September 2014 through 30 September 2014.1 The WHO Secretariat provided an update on and assessment of epidemiological and scientific developments, including a description of recently reported cases and transmission patterns. Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia provided an update on and assessment of MERS-CoV, including progress towards implementation of the Emergency Committee’s temporary recommendations. 2

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