Full impact of devastated health services in north-eastern Nigeria revealed by WHO report

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One third of more than 700 health facilities in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, have been completely destroyed, according to a report released today by WHO. Of those facilities remaining, one third are not functioning at all. "High insecurity, difficult terrain and lack of health workers,…

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WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul, Iraq

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As military operations into Mosul continue, WHO is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care. WHO anticipates that approximately 40 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul…

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WHO and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children through special vaccination posts in South Sudan

In response to the poliomyelitis outbreak associated with type 2 circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) and ambiguous vaccine derived polio virus (aVDPVs)  identified in Unity state,  the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with Ministry of Health and partners immunized over 155 000 migrant children under…

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WHO Scales Up Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Nigeria

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Dire health situation identified in 15 local government areas formerly held by insurgents A WHO emergency health team arrived 19 August 2016 in Maiduguri State to assess and respond to the health needs of 800 000 people in north eastern Nigeria, formerly held by militant…

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Mass vaccination campaign to protect millions against yellow fever in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more.…

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WHO flags key challenges to global HIV response at International AIDS Conference

The World Health Organization is flagging 4 key challenges as the international community meets at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, from 18–22 July 2016. The Organization is highlighting the need to renew attention to HIV prevention, whilst maintaining momentum on scaling up…

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From 90 000 cases to 0 in two decades – European Region is malaria free

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The European Region is the first in the entire world to have achieved interruption of indigenous malaria transmission. The number of indigenous malaria cases dropped from 90 712 to 0 cases in 2015. Ahead of World Malaria Day 2016, the WHO announced that the European…

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WHO terminates the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) regarding the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa

The 9th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa took place by teleconference on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 from 12:30 until 15:15 hr. The Committee…

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New shipment of health supplies arrives in Taiz City

Sana'a, 18 March 2016— The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered an additional 11 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies to Taiz City, where people remain in serious need of humanitarian aid. This latest shipment includes trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits, diarrhoeal disease…

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