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The head of the World Health Organization has said the institution will be judged "by history" on its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. There has been widespread criticism of the global response to the crisis, with accusations that poor coordination between institutions has cost precious time and resources. Henry Ridgwell reports from London. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/2528506.html
WHO's Early Warning and Response System (known as EWARS) helps to detect disease outbreaks in emergency settings, such as in countries in conflict or following a natural disaster. An effective disease surveillance system is essential to detecting disease outbreaks quickly before they spread, cost lives and become difficult to control. This video shows how the system works and its important role in emergency response. More for information: http://who.int/emergencies/kits/ewars/en/
One in three women throughout the world will experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner. This violence has a wide range of short- and long-term health consequences. The health system is a place where women who have experienced violence can go to in order to receive services and support for their physical and mental health needs.
On the 24th August the World Health Organization was notified of a further outbreak of the Ebola virus which had been detected in an extremely remote area of the Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The film tells how the first teams coordinated by the Ministry of Health and WHO arrived in the affected area. This outbreak is the country's seventh since the Ebola Zaire virus emerged there in an area bordered by the Ebola River.
Over the last ten years, around 700 natural and technological disasters have been reported each year, affecting at least 270 million people a year. Health is an essential part of the response needed to help survivors and save lives. During emergencies, WHO leads and coordinates the health sector response, in our role as Global Health Cluster Lead Agency. The Organization's primary objective in emergencies is always to prevent avoidable deaths, disease and disability, in coordination with national and international partners. Learn more about WHO's work in emergencies: http://www.who.int/disasters Footage: WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN, IFRC Soundtrack : Dexter Britain (www.dexterbritain.co.uk)
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The humanitarian health response to Pakistan's flood crisis stretches the entire country, with focus on communicable disease control, provision of primary health care, including reproductive services, and resumption of damaged and affected health facilities. WHO is coordinating the Health Cluster response and working closely with UN agencies and humanitarian organizations in related sectors, including food, nutrition and water and sanitation. For more information: http://www.whopak.org/idps/index.asp http://www.who.int/hac/crises/pak/en/index.html
Thanks to the preparations Nepal’s government had made with support from WHO and its partners, when the earthquake struck on 25 April, health services kept functioning in many areas that had been affected. But the country still has great needs – including facing the threat of communicable disease outbreaks and avalanches – and requires continued international support. More information: http://www.who.int/emergencies/nepal/en
On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day 2015 Egypt has been chosen by the World Health Organization to host the ceremonial event. Follow us through this clip to find out about the challenges of the high burden of viral hepatitis C in Egypt, and learn about the comprehensive response the country has taken, in collaboration with health partners. Egypt has reduced prevalence of hepatitis C through a range of measures underscoring the importance and positive impact of treatment and prevention efforts. See for yourself how the main components of the country's "Plan of Action for Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis (2014-2018)" are designed to lead Egypt towards the goal of a hepatitis-free future.
Module 3 outlines the international response framework, including the set up and mandate of UNMEER (United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response), the four pillars of EVD Response and the WHO Ebola response roadmap. The Ebola portal on WHO’s web site has information, resources and tools that all deployees will find useful. http://apps.who.int/ebola/our-work/training For Ebola updates, situation reports and data by country, visit: http://apps.who.int/ebola/
With Haiti's health system hit hard by its earthquake, quickly delivering and coordinating life-saving care is an immediate priority. At least eight health facilities have been damaged or destroyed. Many people are unaccounted for underneath rubble, a large number of survivors suffer from severe trauma injuries. Dr Eric Laroche, WHO's Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises updates on the situation.
Module 5.1 introduces the WHO organizational framework and the international agreements for emergency health response. It contains information about WHO’s mandate, functions and priorities, how WHO is working in the countries, as well as how the Organization works in health emergencies. The Ebola portal on WHO’s web site has information, resources and tools that all deployees will find useful. http://apps.who.int/ebola/our-work/training For Ebola updates, situation reports and data by country, visit: http://apps.who.int/ebola/
The World Health Organization will convene an emergency committee next week on the Zika virus outbreak to discuss an international response to an outbreak of the disease - amid concerns it may be linked to rare birth defects. VOA's Jeff Custer reports from Washington. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/who-seeks-world-wide-response-to-zika-outbreak/3166769.html
The World Health Organization declared on Friday that the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes an international health emergency. “This morning I am declaring the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease a public health emergency of international concern. The committee’s decision was unanimous. Its advice to me acknowledges the serious and unusual nature of the outbreak and the potential for further international spread, but also the need for strong international coordination of the response,” WHO director general Dr. Margaret Chan made the announcement at a Geneva press conference. In the worst outbreak in 40 years, the spread of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in West Africa started in Guinea in February, then went to Sierra Leone and Liberia. There have now been 329 cases of Ebo...