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Guninea worm disease: Health Ministers renew commitment to break transmission by year-end, Geneva, 20 May 2015

20 May 2015

Guninea worm disease: Health Ministers renew commitment to break transmission by year-end, Geneva, 20 May 2015 Ministers of Health of guinea worm disease-affected countries have reiterated their commitment to breaking transmission of the disease by the end of 2015.  From 1 January to 30 April 2015, only three confirmed cases have been reported to WHO.  The four endemic countries reported a total of 126 confirmed cases in 2014: Chad (13 cases), Ethiopia (3), Mali (40) and South Sudan (70).

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Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly

16 May 2015

Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly 15 May 2015 -- The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly takes place in Geneva 18–26 May 2015, as officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held every May in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is harmful to the unborn child

13 May 2015

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is harmful to the unborn child Alcohol impacts people and societies in different ways and is determined by the volume of alcohol consumed, the pattern of drinking, and, on rare occasions, the quality of alcohol consumed. Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and its harmful use is known to have dependence-producing properties and cause more than 200 diseases among drinkers as well as devastating effects to innocent victims such as unborn children.

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1 in 5 children in Africa do not have access to life-saving vaccines

28 April 2015

1 in 5 children in Africa do not have access to life-saving vaccines It is estimated that about three million children under five years of age die each year in the African Region and a significant number of these deaths could be prevented by vaccines. Yet one in five children does not receive them. Lack of service delivery in remote areas or lack of information about the effectiveness of vaccines is a major reason many do not receive them.

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Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: lack of funding threatens the free-access to healthcare

27 April 2015

WHO/The Central African Republic 27 April, 2015: Bangui - A drastic shortage in funding is jeopardizing free access to health care services being provided by the World Health Organization and partners in the Central African Republic for hundreds of thousands of people.

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A child dies every minute from malaria in Africa

24 April 2015

A child dies every minute from malaria in Africa A child dies every minute from malaria in Africa where it is estimated that 9 out of 10 malaria deaths occur. In 2013, there were 528 000 deaths from malaria and about 78% of these were in children under 5 years of age.

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Highly contagious meningitis outbreaks continue in African countries

21 April 2015

Highly contagious meningitis outbreaks continue in African countries Meningitis outbreaks continue to be an enormous public health threat in the African Region. The outbreak in Nigeria is of utmost concern but Ghana and Niger are also experiencing meningitis outbreaks. The outbreak in Nigeria started on 19 January 2015 in Aliero, Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi State and the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified on 16 February 2015. Cases have been reported in 26 LGAs of three States, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara. Of confirmed cases, Neisseria meningitidis…

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Kenya: Closing the gap on pneumonia through immunization

20 April 2015

Kenya: Closing the gap on pneumonia through immunization Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya.