19 November 2014 -- Global efforts to provide improved water and sanitation are gaining momentum. However, serious gaps in funding continue to slow progress, according to a new report from WHO on behalf of UN-Water. While international aid for the sector is on the rise, there continue to be major financial gaps at the country level, particularly in rural areas.
17 November 2014 -- WHO’s first “Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer” reveals that drowning claims the lives of 372 000 people each year and is among the 10 leading causes of death for children and young people in every region. The report calls for increasing resources to prevent drowning and provides actions that can be taken by both policy-makers and local communities, all of which could save many young lives.
17 November 2014 -- Dead bodies can be very contagious when it comes to Ebola, but that does not mean that every deceased person has died due to the disease. In order to speed up the process of identifying the cause of death of each patient, WHO is working closely with the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research to train burial teams on how to collect an oral swab from deceased patients safely.
13 November 2014 -- The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data. However, the estimated number of measles deaths in 2013 still represents a 75% decline in mortality since 2000, but it is significantly below the target of a 95% reduction in deaths between 2000 and 2015.