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WHO issues hepatitis C treatment guidelines

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9 April 2014 — WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year.

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April Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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This issue includes articles on the following topics: • Why the lack of progress in preventing and treating anaemia in the childbearing year?• Improving breastfeeding rates…

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WHO issues new guidance on how to provide contraceptive information and service

6 March 2014 — In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2014, WHO is launching new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

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140 000 people to get cholera vaccine in South Sudan

22 February 2014 — WHO is working with the South Sudan Government and partners to provide vaccines to protect nearly 140 000 people living in temporary camps in South Sudan against cholera.

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Mental health information at your fingertips – WHO launches the MiNDbank

10 December 2013 — MiNDbank, a new WHO database goes online today, presenting a wealth of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being implemented in different countries. It also contains key international documents and information.

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Rebuilding shattered health system an urgent priority in next phase of Typhoon Haiyan response

6 December 2013 — One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, WHO identifies as top priorities expanding essential health services, reviving clinics and hospitals, preventing disease and scaling up mental health services as the relief effort shifts from emergency to early recovery programmes.

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Foreign medical teams delivering care in damaged areas

19 November 2013 — More than 10 days after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, WHO is continuing to coordinate the deployment of foreign medical teams with an immediate focus on injured and traumatized survivors and an eye towards the people’s longer-term health needs.

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New malaria vaccines roadmap targets next generation products by 2030

14 November 2013 — Malaria causes an estimated 660 000 deaths each year from 219 million cases of illness. The world should aim to have vaccines which reduce malaria cases by 75%, and are capable of eliminating malaria, licensed by 2030. This goal comes from the updated 2013 Malaria Vaccine Technology Roadmap, launched today.

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WHO update on polio outbreak in Middle East

13 November 2013 — A comprehensive outbreak response continues to roll out across the Middle East following confirmation of the polio outbreak in Syria.

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New health resource to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth

13 November 2013 — A new resource for health programme managers and policy makers aims to improve access to family planning for women after childbirth and during the first 12 months of motherhood.

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Pneumonia still responsible for one fifth of child deaths

12 November 2013 — As countries mark World Pneumonia Day on 12 November, WHO, UNICEF and the GAVI Alliance are highlighting essential actions that can help end child deaths from this disease.

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WHO supporting Philippine Government with arrival of medical supplies after Typhoon Haiyan

12 November 2013 — Field hospitals, medical personnel, medicines and other medical supplies are arriving in the Philippines as countries and nongovernmental organizations around the world come to the support of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

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First-ever targeted roadmap outlines steps to end childhood TB deaths

1 October 2013 — The deaths of more than 74 000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on TB and children.

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@WHO Bulletin – October 2013 edition

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•       Difficult diagnosis hinders the elimination of sleeping sickness •        Migrants need to be included in development goals •        Residents of Russian city try to…

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