“Best Buys” to prevent noncommunicable diseases will save billions of dollars

18 August 2014: Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases, are the world’s most common, causing two out of every three deaths globally. These diseases kill 8.5 million people annually in WHO’s South-East Asia Region. Of these, 4.2 million deaths are considered premature.

Preparedness is key to our fight against Ebola

Boots and other personal protective equipment being disinfected, Liberia.
WHO/C. Banluta

WHO has declared the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in some countries in West Africa a public health emergency of international concern. The main aim of this declaration is to contain the existing outbreaks and prevent further spread of Ebola through an internationally coordinated response.

Ebola outbreak in west Africa: Meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee

WHO and Medecins Sans Frontieres experts respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

8 August 2014 - The first meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding the 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa was held by teleconference on 6-7 August 2014. The Director-General accepted the Committee’s assessment and on 8 August 2014 declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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Firdosh and her 2 month old daughter, Sidra Naaz, are surrounded by family—her sister-in-law, her mother-in-law, and most importantly her husband, Naheed Ashar, who have worked together with the supportive staff at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in Delhi, India to help give their child a head start in life by breastfeeding.

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