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Closing the gap in HIV prevention and treatment

27 November 2014 -- In 2013, a record 13 million people were able to access life-saving antiretrovirals (ARVs). But many people still lack comprehensive HIV treatment and prevention services. This feature story describes how a centre in South Africa offers emergency HIV prevention medication, as well as support and advice to rape victims. On World AIDS Day 2014, WHO will release new guidelines on providing ARVs as emergency prevention following HIV exposure, and on the use of the antibiotic co-trimoxazole to prevent HIV-related infections.

Bolstering UN support to the Ebola outbreak

24 November 2014 -- Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, visited an Ebola treatment centre in Bamako, Mali. She met with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Prime Minister Moussa Mara, and other government leaders to discuss Mali’s ongoing Ebola outbreak response and ways UN organizations could increase their support. The support of the UN and other partners will enhance Mali's capability to contain transmission from across the border, and respond robustly to any future importation.

Action needed to address crisis of violence against women and girls

25 November 2014 -- Estimates suggest that globally, 1 in 3 women has experienced either physical or sexual violence from their partner, and that 7% of women will experience sexual assault by a non-partner at some point in their lives. WHO works at global and national level to accelerate progress towards ending the global scourge of violence against women and girls.

How communities in Sierra Leone fought back Ebola

20 November 2014 -- When Ebola first swept through Port Loko District, the rash of sudden inexplicable deaths was so shocking that local people explained it as "a witch plane crash". But as husbands, wives, aunts, uncles and children began to sicken and die they realized this was not a supernatural event but something very human - that would take human actions to reverse. WHO began racing to set up community care centres. Here in pictures is the story of what they did.

Countries vow to combat malnutrition

19 November 2014 -- In a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide, over 170 countries today made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets. Ministers and senior officials responsible for health, food or agriculture and other aspects of nutrition adopted the Rome Declaration on Nutrition, and a Framework for Action.


  • Global burden of preterm birth
    November 2014 -- Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm, which is defined as babies born alive before 37 weeks of pregnancy are completed. This is more than one in 10 babies – and these numbers are rising. WHO is committed to preventing and reducing the health problems and lives lost as a result of preterm birth.
  • Legionellosis fact sheet update
    November 2014 -- Legionellosis is caused by exposure to Legionella species found in water, and potting mixes. It varies in severity from a mild febrile illness to a serious and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia.

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Isabelle Nuttall, Director, Global Capacities, Alert and Response, WHO

Ebola: What you need to know

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