Mobile labs deliver faster yellow fever test results

29 July 2016 -- In order to strengthen and fast track diagnosis of yellow fever, WHO has supported the deployment of a mobile laboratory to Democratic Republic of the Congo. This mobile lab brings much-needed equipment and supplies for testing blood samples for yellow fever. Packaged into several boxes, the lab is portable and easy to set-up within any existing health facility or building.

Increasing knowledge of, and access to testing for, hepatitis

25 July 2016 – A staggering 95% of people infected with hepatitis B or C do not know they are infected, often living without symptoms for many years. Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016, WHO and its partner, Social Entrepreneurship for Sexual Health (SeSH), recently launched a global contest to find innovative ways to reach different populations and encourage testing for hepatitis.

Trachoma: leading infectious cause of blindness

28 July 2017 – Trachoma infection is transmitted through contact with eye and nose discharge of infected people, particularly young children. It is a public health problem in 42 countries, and is responsible for the blindness or visual impairment of about 1.9 million people. This updated fact sheet looks not only at the clinical characteristics and morbidity of trachoma, but also at strategies for prevention and control.

Stopping a cholera outbreak in South Sudan

26 July 2016 – In an effort to stop the spread of cholera in South Sudan, the Ministry of Health, with support from WHO and partners, is ramping up disease surveillance, treatment and prevention efforts. Conflict is threatening the health of thousands of people and 271 cholera cases have been reported, including 14 deaths. An oral cholera vaccination campaign set to start today aims to reach over 14 000 people.

Countries act on noncommunicable diseases, but more effort needed

18 July 2016 – A new WHO report highlights the need to intensify national action to meet global targets on noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes, and lung diseases, which collectively represent the largest cause of death in people aged under 70 years. A number of countries have put in place measures to prevent tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity, but progress is insufficient and uneven.

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Fact sheets


Highlights

  • Two years free from wild polio in Nigeria
    July 2016 -- The 24th of July marks 2 years with no cases of wild poliovirus in Nigeria – a milestone for the polio eradication programme. Innovation has underpinned this progress, including novel strategies and the incredible commitment of tens of thousands of health workers.
  • Tropical Data helps countries collect and leverage data
    July 2016 − A new WHO initiative called Tropical Data provides an end-to-end epidemiological survey support service, covering planning and protocol development, training, data processing, and application of the survey outputs. The initiative will initially focus on supporting trachoma prevalence surveys.
  • Antibiotics needed for maternal and congenital syphilis
    July 2016 – New evidence shows that shortages of benzathine penicillin are prevalent in countries with high numbers of pregnant women and infants who are infected with syphilis. Shortages of this antibiotic may lead to a lack of treatment for pregnant women, and ultimately to adverse birth and health outcomes.
  • Response to internally displaced persons in South Sudan
    July 2016 -- In response to the growing humanitarian crisis and the displacement of thousands of people fleeing Juba City, South Sudan, WHO has donated accident and emergency unit trauma kits sufficient to conduct 500 surgeries to Juba Teaching Hospital in order to save the lives of the increasing number of injured patients.

Zika virus and complications

After a spike in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome associated with Zika virus, WHO declared a public health emergency.

Commentaries

Better estimates for hepatitis elimination

“Addressing the global burden of hepatitis infection will require substantial additional resources... it is hoped that the improved understanding of the high burden of hepatitis will lead to an increase in international development assistance.”

Stefan Wiktor,
Team Lead, WHO Global Hepatitis Programme


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