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  • 1.4 million vaccines from global stockpile support yellow fever control in Nigeria
    on Dec 1 2017 at 14:30

    The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever has provided 1.4 million vaccine doses for an immunization campaign that starts on Saturday (2 December) to help control an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria.

  • WHO supports the immunization of 874 000 people against yellow fever in Nigeria
    on Oct 16 2017 at 14:30

    WHO supports the immunization of 874,000 people against yellow fever in Nigeria

  • WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar
    on Oct 6 2017 at 13:20

    WHO provides 1.2 million antibiotics to fight plague in Madagascar

  • Partners commit to reduce cholera deaths by 90% by 2030
    on Oct 3 2017 at 14:20

    An ambitious new strategy to reduce deaths from cholera by 90% by 2030 will be launched tomorrow by the Global Task Force on Cholera Control (GTFCC), a diverse network of more than 50 UN and international agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs that supports countries affected by the disease.

  • World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says
    on Sep 15 2017 at 08:25

    After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide. The increase – 38 million more people than the previous year – is largely due to the proliferation of violent conflicts and climate-related shocks, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017.

  • Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas
    on Sep 5 2017 at 08:25

    Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced on Tuesday.

  • Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen
    on Aug 14 2017 at 10:25

    The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5000 people per day.

  • WHO calls for immediate action to save lives in Somalia
    on May 11 2017 at 10:15

    WHO is concerned by the chronic shortage of funding for life-saving work in Somalia in response to the ongoing drought that has plunged the country further towards famine, disease, and health insecurity.

  • Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan
    on May 17 2016 at 15:48

    In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services within a country disrupted by conflict. Since December 2013, conflict has displaced some 2.3 million people, including 1.6 million internally displaced persons. “South Sudan is a country that is affected by complex emergencies resulting from prolonged conflict, climate change, a broken health system and outbreaks of communicable diseases,” said Dr Abdulmumini Usman, WHO Representative in South Sudan.

  • Stop the violence. Protect health care
    on Nov 4 2015 at 18:43

    In the last few months, a number of attacks against health-care workers, medical transports and facilities have taken place in several countries, like Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen to mention a few. These incidents are taking place in countries with fragile health-care systems that are already struggling to treat the numbers of people affected by the ongoing conflicts there. In some cases, the situation is made yet worse by the restrictions placed on aid workers, preventing them from getting to the people who need them.

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