Measles: know the risks, check your status, protect yourself

World Immunization Week 2014 image

22 April 2014 -- Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. This fact file examines measles within the context of World Immunization Week (24-30 April) and this year’s slogan: “Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect”.

World Immunization Week 2014: Know, Check, Protect

17 April 2014 -- Immunize for a healthy future: Know, Check, Protect. This is the message of this year’s World Immunization Week, on 24-30 April. This short video encourages you to ask your local health clinic which vaccines you need, check whether your vaccinations are up-to-date, and to get the vaccines you need, when you need them.

Preventing new Ebola infections

17 April 2014 -- As the Ebola outbreak evolves in Guinea and Liberia, WHO is expanding its activities by sending additional expertise to assist in all areas of the response. Currently more than 65 public health experts are working with WHO and its Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network partners are supporting ministries of health and other partners in the 2 countries.

Improving health services in emergencies

WHO staff checking supplies in warehouse in Jakarta.
WHO/M-A. Heine

14 April 2014 -- Disaster risk reduction is a priority for the Indonesian Government. So Indonesia has integrated crisis prevention, emergency response and recovery measures into its development planning and budgeting. To ensure immediate health assistance in case of an emergency, WHO supported the Ministry of Health to create 9 regional centres across the country.

Ebola virus disease outbreak

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Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

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Addressing public health challenges in the 21st century

WHO highlights

  • April 2014

    Disease detectives on-the-ground in Solomon Islands

    Heavy rains from 3 to 5 April 2014 resulted in flash flooding in Honiara, the capital city of Solomon Islands. WHO and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services are leading the health response and now are focusing on preventing disease outbreaks.

  • April 2014

    Timor-Leste: Strong malaria control programme cuts cases

    With increased political commitment, advances in diagnostic testing and treatment and financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Timor-Leste has made huge strides in the prevention and control of malaria in recent years.

  • April 2014

    World Malaria Day 2014: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria

    Malaria still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, mainly children under 5 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, 97 countries had on-going malaria transmission. The theme for 2014 and 2015 is: Invest in the future. Defeat malaria. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control.

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