Tag Archives: World Health Organization

Ebola: Known chains of transmission ended, leaving changed health landscape

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“There’s no question the disease did get away from us all, collectively, and in retrospect, there are a number of things that we would have done better and sooner . . .”  Dr Rick Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, WHO Calling this “a good day . . . an important day,” representatives […]

Once again, “Ebola-free,” Liberia begins three months of surveillance, while Guinea and Sierra Leone see dwindling crisis, continued challenges, and CDC looks ahead

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A medical student in Guinea doesn’t reveal that he was exposed to Ebola when he’s admitted to a Conakry hospital, where he then shares a room. By the time he is diagnosed with the virus, a visitor of the roommate has fallen ill and taken a dozen taxis to a series of doctors and hospitals, transmitting […]

One more reason global health news matters: Ebola reporting provides real time data

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By the time the World Health Organization learned of an Ebola outbreak sparked in December 2013, when a bat likely transmitted the virus to a child playing in a tree, nearly four months had passed and the disease had spread across three countries in West Africa. In the process of the response that followed, information that could […]

Ebola vaccine, projections, quarantines, impact — a year after a public health emergency was recognized, we’re reading about results

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This week sees the end of a year since the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on the 2014 Ebola outbreak in west Africa met for the first time, and declared the epidemic to be a “public health emergency of international concern.” As of that week last August, the spread of the largest ever recorded outbreak […]

Interactive website highlights global gaps, leaders, outliers among national HIV policies

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When the World Health Organization released an announcement in Vancouver this month that its updated and highly anticipated HIV treatment guidelines were “moving towards” advising treatment for all people living with HIV, the international agency noted that the recommendations follow scientific evidence from three major clinical research trials showing that immediate access to antiretroviral treatment […]

Cuba starts AIDS-free generation, Nigerian state launches oxymoronic HIV law, Mozambique sheds colonial homophobia — but has a way to go, and more . . . we’re reading about policies, health and human rights

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WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphillis in Cuba . . . and Cuba validates universal health care . . . In 2013, two babies were born with HIV in Cuba, and five with syphilis, according to this announcement from the World Organization. Home to more than 11.2 million people, Cuba became […]

A call for sweeping reforms, the plagues to come, acknowledging the damage . . . we’re reading about what comes after Ebola

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The Ebola Outbreak in Liberia is Over – The World Health Organization’s declaration Saturday that Liberia is free of Ebola virus transmission includes a recounting of the epidemic there, including that its start was “deceptively slow.” It continues that the first week of April saw one confirmed case in the capital city, and goes on […]

Lessons from Ebola: A vaccine fast track too slow demonstrates need to prepare for pandemic potential diseases

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The following is a guest post by Elizabeth Bukowski, who covered the 3rd International One Health Congress in Amsterdam for Science Speaks. The conference, from March 18-21, focused on how science can help prevent emerging infectious diseases, 75 percent of which are estimated to originate in animals. The One Health concept recognizes that human, animal […]

Fixing what’s broken and breaking what’s fixed . . . We’re reading about WHO and Ebola, India and its role in global health

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UN health agency urges better global preparedness against future outbreaks – It was the end of March when Ebola was confirmed in Conakry, Guinea, the first time in the 40-year recorded history of the highly contagious and deadly disease that an outbreak had occurred in a capital city. By June, the outbreak had spread to […]

In stories of Ebola survivors, of MDR TB and poverty, of employment and HIV treatment success . . . We’re reading why science can’t do it alone

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“It never occurred to me I was going to survive . . .”  In a video that is part of a West African multimedia campaign highlighting Ebola survivor’s stories to disseminate information about the virus and its continuing spread, a Guinean woman tells of how six members of her family became sick, how three survived, […]