WHO thanks health workers on World Humanitarian Day 2015
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 07:55:00 GMT
On this 12th World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO is drawing the world’s attention to the contributions and sacrifices of health workers who respond to humanitarian crises.
More than a decade since the first World Humanitarian Day, the demands on emergency responders are unprecedented, with 82.5 million people in 37 countries needing humanitarian assistance. The costs, too, are unprecedented, reaching an estimated US$20 billion.
Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:00:00 GMT
People who delay or refuse vaccines for themselves or their children are presenting a growing challenge for countries seeking to close the immunization gap. Globally, 1 in 5 children still do not receive routine life-saving immunizations, and an estimated 1.5 million children still die each year of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines that already exist, according to WHO.
In a special issue of the journal Vaccine, guest-edited by WHO and published today, experts review the role of vaccine hesitancy in limiting vaccine coverage and explore strategies to address it. Vaccine hesitancy refers to delay in acceptance or refusal of safe vaccines despite availability of vaccination services.
Statement on the 6th IHR Emergency Committee meeting regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:01:00 GMT
The sixth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 4 August 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 24 April 2015: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Committee noted that since the declaration that the international spread of polio constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), strong progress has been made by countries toward interruption of wild poliovirus transmission, implementation of Temporary Recommendations issued by the Director-General, and overall decline in occurrence of international spread of wild poliovirus. The Committee appreciated these commendable achievements.
Sierra Leone down to the last chain of Ebola virus transmission
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:00:00 GMT
Use of rapid response teams and strong community involvement in finding Ebola virus disease cases and contacts is yielding results in Sierra Leone. An epidemiological week has now passed with no new Ebola cases for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak.
"This is very good news but we have to keep doing this intensive working with communities to identify potential new cases early and to rapidly stop any Ebola virus transmission," said Dr Anders Nordstrom, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone.
The Ebola virus vaccine is effective. But the fight goes on
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 01:00:00 GMT
The President of Guinea, Mr Alpha Condé, stresses that the Ebola vaccine is 100% effective, as the trial had shown. But the fight should go on. It is necessary to move quickly towards full-scale production of the vaccine to benefit the whole population.