World Hepatitis Day 2014: Think again

World Hepatitis Day 2014 poster
World Hepatitis Alliance

25 July 2014 -- On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO welcomes new progress in tackling one of the world’s most serious diseases. Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. WHO and partners urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to "think again" about this silent killer.

WHO launches regional Ebola response centre

WHO logistician Cisse Ibrahima Sory setting up the new operational center.
WHO/S. Saporito

25 July 2014 -- In response to continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, opened a Sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in Conakry, Guinea. The Centre will consolidate and harmonize the technical support being provided to West African countries affected by the outbreak. It will also help to mobilize resources for the response.

“Stepping up the Pace” on HIV

Young people from key populations taking part in Youth LEAD workshops to discuss HIV issues affecting them.
Youth LEAD

17 July 2014 -- The biennial International AIDS Conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia, 20-25 July 2014. At the conference, WHO will release a progress report on HIV treatment and other health sector interventions. The Organization has also recently highlighted ways to improve provision of HIV services for key groups. These feature stories highlight some of the issues key populations face.

Fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

WHO and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) experts respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

21 July 2014 -- National health authorities, WHO and partners are working around the clock to contain the Ebola outbreak affecting eastern Sierra Leone. The vast geographical spread of the outbreak requires an enormous and robust response. Finding and treating all Ebola patients and then tracing and observing the close contacts of those people over a period of 21 days to ensure they have not been infected is a key to halt the chain of transmission.

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