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Noncommunicable diseases prematurely take 16 million lives annually, WHO urges more action

WHO News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:01
Urgent government action is needed to meet global targets to reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and prevent the annual toll of 16 million people dying prematurely – before the age of 70 – from heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes, according to a new WHO report.

“The global community has the chance to change the course of the NCD epidemic,” says WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, who today launched the "Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014". “By investing just US$ 1-3 dollars per person per year, countries can dramatically reduce illness and death from NCDs. In 2015, every country needs to set national targets and implement cost-effective actions. If they do not, millions of lives will continue to be lost too soon.”

Government of Mali and WHO announce the end of the Ebola outbreak in Mali

WHO News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 15:00
Bamako, 18 January 2015 -- Malian authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the end of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Mali since 42 days had elapsed after the last Ebola case tested negative in laboratory tests on the 6 December 2014.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:16
Between 7 and 10 January 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman notified WHO of 2 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 1 death.

Contact tracing of household contacts and healthcare contacts is ongoing for these cases.

Ebola in West Africa: 12 months on

WHO News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 19:00
One year after the first Ebola cases started to surface in Guinea, WHO is publishing this series of 14 papers that take an in-depth look at West Africa’s first epidemic of Ebola virus disease.

The papers explore reasons why the disease evaded detection for several months and the factors, many specific to West Africa, that fuelled its subsequent spread.

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia

WHO Disease Outbreak News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:15
Between 3 and 5 January 2015, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 3 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection.

Cases are listed by date of reporting, with the most recent case listed first.

WHO Director-General addresses childhood obesity commission

WHO Director-General Speeches - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 17:15
Distinguished members of the Commission, ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome back to Geneva. Thank you for again giving us your time and expertise. I will be brief. We all want to move quickly.

WHO Director-General opens high-level meeting on Ebola vaccines

WHO Director-General Speeches - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 15:00
Distinguished experts,

Good morning and welcome to this second high-level meeting on Ebola vaccines access and financing. I thank you again for giving us your expertise and your time.

New UNMEER chief arrives in Liberia to assess Ebola response

WHO News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:00
The new Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Liberia today as part of his first tour of the countries in West Africa most affected by the outbreak of the virus.

No Ebola cases detected in Iraq

WHO News - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:00
The Ministry of Health in Iraq, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), confirms that there is no suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Iraq as of 5 January 2015.

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