News and top stories

In public health emergencies, risk communication is essential

26 June 2015 -- Risk communication is an integral part of any public health emergency response. In epidemics and pandemics, in humanitarian crises and natural disasters, risk communication allows people at risk to understand and adopt protective behaviours.

Helping Guinean communities fight Ebola

26 June 2015 -- In May 2015, cases of Ebola began to appear in Tanene, Dubreka Prefecture, Guinea, an area that had previously been unaffected. To ensure the outbreak does not spread, WHO and partners have launched a surveillance campaign to find individuals who might be infected. Through household visits, a presence on streets and conversations with influential members of communities, surveillance teams are spreading the message about Ebola.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer assesses 3 chemicals for cancer links

23 June 2015 -- International Agency for Research on Cancer convened a panel of experts to review the chemicals lindane, DDT, and 2,4-D. As a result, the Agency has now officially classified the insecticide lindane as carcinogenic to humans. Another insecticide, DDT was evaluated as probably carcinogenic to humans and the herbicide 2,4-D as possibly carcinogenic.

One of Sierra Leone's toughest slums beats Ebola

23 June 2015 -- Moa Wharf is one of Sierra Leone’s worst slums. In this overcrowded, beachfront neighbourhood, Ebola arrived and seemed poised to burn through the area like wildfire. So how did one of the most challenging areas in Sierra Leone get to zero cases and how can the Ebola response learn from its success?

WHO statement on the ninth meeting of the IHR Emergency Committee regarding MERS-CoV

17 June 2015 -- The ninth meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations regarding Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was conducted on 16 June 2015. The Committee concluded that the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern have not been met.

More top stories »

Prevent hepatitis. Act now


  • WHO calls for stepping up vigilance for MERS, Thailand confirms case
    June 2015 -- Thailand confirmed Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) disease in a traveller from the Middle East region, the first case in the WHO South-East Asia Region, as WHO urged countries in the region to step up vigil and review preparedness to respond to the disease. WHO has been working with countries in the Region to build their capacities and strengthen preparedness to effectively detect and respond to outbreaks and other hazards.
  • Frequently asked questions on MERS-CoV
    June 2015 -- What is Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus? Find the answer to questions regarding the disease, the current outbreak and how WHO is responding.


Dr Ties Boerma, Director of the Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems.

Ebola diaries

Ebola awareness campaign in a village in Sierra Leone.
WHO/S. Gborie

Tweets from WHO


Note: mouse over data points to see full information