Sophia, Namibia - TB survivor
My name is Sophia and I am a tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I am 34 years old, a Namibian and a few years ago I moved to Windhoek to find a job. Soon after I realized that I wasn ’t feeling well. My chest was hurting, I was coughing a lot and I had no appetite, so I went to the hospital where I had a sputum test. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Namibia [country] Source Type: news

Timpiyan, Zambia - Zoonotic TB survivor
My name is Timpiyan and I am a zoonotic tuberculosis (TB) survivor. I come from the Kajiado County in Kenya, and I am originally from a Maasai tribe. Since 2016 I have been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Civil Society Task Force on TB. In 2011, I realized that something was wrong with my health when I started losing weight while my stomach was constantly swollen. I had a whole body scan at the hospital in Nairobi and the doctors told me that they saw a big mass in my upper abdomen which had to be removed. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tuberculosis [subject], tb, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

"Hold Your Breath", paintings made by Russian artist while in a TB clinic
“Hold your Breath” presents the story of Russian artist Paulina Siniatkina’s fight against tuberculosis (TB). In 2015, Paulina spent 6 months and 17 days in a TB clinic in Moscow. She went through fear, misunderstanding, anger, despair, loneliness, silence, love, friendship and hope, and left the hospital with a series of artworks that tell the stories of people who shared her fate. She created these works of art to fight the stigma attached to TB. The exhibition "Hold your breath" has been travelling the world since then, fighting stigma and urging people not to be afraid to talk about TB. On...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, tuberculosis [subject], tb, tuberculosis [subject], tb, European Region [region], Feature [doctype], Russian Federation [country] Source Type: news

One year after Nigeria emergency declaration.
North-eastern Nigeria is in its 8th year of crisis; resulting in two out of every three health facilities completely or partially destroyed. Although the situation and access to populations has changed over time, the goal for WHO and its partners remains the same: to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks and bring life-saving health services to those who need them. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, African Region [region], Nigeria [country], Photo gallery [doctype] Source Type: news

One Year After Nigeria Emergency Declaration
North-eastern Nigeria is in its 8th year of crisis; resulting in two out of every three health facilities completely or partially destroyed. Although the situation and access to populations has changed over time, the goal for WHO and its partners remains the same: to reduce the risk of disease outbreaks and bring life-saving health services to those who need them. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, African Region [region], Nigeria [country], Photo gallery [doctype] Source Type: news

Towards a rabies-free Thailand by 2020
Through mass dog vaccination and accessible and affordable measures, Thailand has reduced the number of human rabies cases by more than 90% since the 1980s. WHO welcomed Professor Dr Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol of Thailand on 28 August – the Princess is a champion of efforts to make Thailand rabies-free by 2020. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - September 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: rabies [subject], Feature [doctype], South-East Asia Region [region], Thailand [country] Source Type: news

Questions and answers on suicide
Q: Is suicide really a problem? How many people die by suicide every year? A: Every year close to 800 000 people die as a result of suicide. This is one death every 40 seconds. Beyond this, suicide has a ripple effect that impacts on societies, communities, friends and families who have lost a loved one to suicide. So, yes, suicide really is a serious public health problem. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: depression [subject], depressive symptoms, mental disorder [subject], psychiatric illness, mental illness, mental health [subject], mental health promotion, mental health [subject], mental health promotion, pesticide [subject], insecticides, fungicides, s Source Type: news

WHO and partners respond to emergencies worldwide
WHO is the expert for health within the United Nations system and the leading public agency for health in emergencies and humanitarian crises globally. These emergencies range from disease outbreaks to the health impacts of conflicts and natural disasters. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, partnerships [subject] Source Type: news

Oman beating NCDs at the souk, the restaurant and the bakery doors
From smoke-free souks to low-salt bread, businesses and communities in the Sultanate of Oman are leading the charge against noncommunicable diseases, like heart and lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Guided by the country ’s Nizwa Healthy Lifestyle Project (NHLP), Oman’s oldest community-based health promotion project founded in 1999, many layers of society – from the national consumer protection authority and municipal authorities to various businesses – have joined forces to reduce risks that causes NCDs an d, in turn, improve health. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Feature [doctype], Oman [country] Source Type: news

WHO and partners take on malaria: the top killer in north-eastern Nigeria
Following more than 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in Borno state. With the high transmission season for malaria lasting through October, WHO expects these numbers will increase. In Borno state, WHO estimates more than half of deaths recorded are currently due to malaria, more than all other causes of death combined, including cholera, measles and hepatitis E. A highly vulnerable population, consisting largely of childre...
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], African Region [region], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

10 facts about palliative care
August 2017 Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

10 facts on palliative care
August 2017 Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pakistan tackles high rates of hepatitis from many angles
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: hepatitis [subject], jaundice, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, hepatitis e, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Feature [doctype], Pakistan [country] Source Type: news

Does stopping a course of antibiotics early lead to antibiotic resistance?
There has been a lot of research into how long antibiotic courses should be, to determine the shortest possible length of course needed to completely kill all bacteria. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: research [subject], health research, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen
Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390 000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1800 deaths since 27 April. WHO and its partners are responding to the cholera outbreak in Yemen, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 25, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: ebola [subject], ebola haemhorragic fever, ebola virus, ebola fever, ebola virus disease, ebola [subject], ebola haemhorragic fever, ebola virus, ebola fever, ebola virus disease, African Region [region], Guinea [country], Photo gallery [doctype] Source Type: news

Discovering who misses out on health: the example of Indonesia
Monitoring health inequality is essential to ensure no one is being left behind (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: health equity [subject], health inequity, health care disparities, Feature [doctype], Indonesia [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

Discovering who misses out on health: digging into the data in Indonesia
Monitoring health inequality is essential to ensure no one is being left behind (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: health equity [subject], health inequity, health care disparities, Feature [doctype], Indonesia [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

Q & A: Sustainable Development Goals Health Price Tag
Sustainable Development Goals Health Price Tag (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: sustainable development goals [subject], FAQ [doctype] Source Type: news

Dr Tedros at the G20 Summit
WHO delegation at the G20 Summit, 7 –8 July 2017, Hamburg, Germany. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - July 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], European Region [region], Germany [country], Photo gallery [doctype] Source Type: news

Islamic Republic of Iran on a fast-track to beating noncommunicable diseases
June 2017 Since the 1960s, the Islamic Republic of Iran ’s urban population has tripled and life expectancies have risen. This, however, has increased people’s exposure to tobacco, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity – among the main risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), primarily cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer and diabet es. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Feature [doctype], Iran (Islamic Republic of) [country] Source Type: news

Q & A: Ethics in public health surveillance
WHO: Online questions and answers on ethics and public health surveillance (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: ethics [subject], bioethics, surveillance [subject], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Giving blood in a time of crisis
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: blood safety [subject], safe blood, Feature [doctype], Nepal [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

First anniversary of end of Ebola outbreak in West Africa
Friday 9 June 2017 marks the one year anniversary of the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 –2016 in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone caused major loss of life and disrupted livelihoods in West Africa. The outbreak was the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the virus was first discovered in 1976. There were more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all other outbreaks combi ned. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: ebola [subject], ebola haemhorragic fever, ebola virus, ebola fever, ebola virus disease, African Region [region] Source Type: news

New vector control response seen as game-changer
New vector-control response seen as game-changer (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: vector-borne diseases [subject] Source Type: news

New vector-control response seen as game-changer
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - June 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: vector-borne diseases [subject] Source Type: news

Tobacco and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: tobacco [subject], tobacco use, smoking, passive smoking, cigarettes, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Bhutan making its people healthier, happier by beating noncommunicable diseases
In Bhutan, protecting people from cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancers, and diabetes is a national priority. It has put in place a national plan, linking all sectors, from health to finance and education, to prevent and control these noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, malaria [subject], noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Bhutan [country], Feature [doctype], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

WHO improves transparency of financial data
WHO is improving transparency and accountability with the launch of a redesigned Programme Budget Web Portal that makes budget and spending information easier to access, use and understand. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: governance [subject], Feature [doctype] Source Type: news

Contact tracing
People in close contact with someone who is infected with a virus, such as the Ebola virus, are at higher risk of becoming infected themselves, and of potentially further infecting others. Closely watching these contacts after exposure to an infected person will help the contacts to get care and treatment, and will prevent further transmission of the virus. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: ebola [subject], ebola haemhorragic fever, ebola virus, ebola fever, ebola virus disease, mers cov [subject], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, or MERS ‐CoV) that was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases in humans, ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: mers cov [subject], Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
The PIP Framework boosts global health security by improving international and country capacity to respond to a pandemic by ensuring that all countries – whether rich or poor – have access to influenza vaccines. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

How clean hands have helped save lives in Chile
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, Chile [country], Feature [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

Forgetting to wash your hands can cost lives
When Bandana Das, a midwife in India, washes her hands it is not simply routine, it is a critical step in reducing infection and saving the lives of mothers and newborns. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: malaria [subject], midwifery [subject], obstetric nursing, India [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

In Kenya, the path to elimination of malaria is lined with good preventions
Kenya: A broad range of preventive measures tailored to local needs have resulted in major progress against malaria (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], African Region [region], Kenya [country] Source Type: news

Zambia improves real-time tracking of vaccines, reduces stock outs
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 26, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Zambia [country] Source Type: news

From warehouse to remote indigenous communities: The journey of vaccines in Brazil
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Brazil [country], Feature [doctype], Region of the Americas [region] Source Type: news

One Health
What is 'One Health'? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: antimicrobial resistance [subject], food safety [subject], food poisoning, immunization [subject], vaccination, influenza [subject], flu, seasonal influenza, pandemic influenza, zoonose [subject], animal diseases, FAQ [doctype] Source Type: news

Anti-malaria tools have changed during a life ’s work battling malaria
As WHO prepares to mark World Malaria Day 2017, Papua New Guinea has made major strides in the fight against malaria. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], Feature [doctype], Papua New Guinea [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

Despite overwhelming challenges, Papua New Guinea has made major strides against malaria
As WHO prepares to mark World Malaria Day 2017, Papua New Guinea has made major strides in the fight against malaria. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], Feature [doctype], Papua New Guinea [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

More women are receiving preventive medicine for malaria during pregnancy in Africa
(Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 20, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: malaria [subject], African Region [region], Cameroon [country], Feature [doctype] Source Type: news

What is vaccine-derived polio?
Online Q&A on polio: What is vaccine-derived polio? (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 19, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, immunization [subject], vaccination, immunization [subject], vaccinati Source Type: news

Does polio still exist? Is it curable?
This is a question and answer about polio: Does polio still exist? Is it curable? Updated October 2012 (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - April 18, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, immunization [subject], vaccination, infectious disease [subject], com Source Type: news

Questions and answers on immunization and vaccine safety
WHO: Q&As on immunization and vaccine safety (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - March 29, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: immunization [subject], vaccination, immunization [subject], vaccination, measles [subject], rubella [subject], german measles, congenital rubella syndrome, rubella virus, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, vaccines [subject], v Source Type: news

Kolkata's fishermen and farmers reuse what ’s flushed down the toilet
Most people don ’t think about what happens to their excreta when they flush the toilet or pour water down the latrine. But, for fisherman and farmers in Kolkata, India, excreta provides a natural fertilizer for their crops, food for their fish and an income to provide for their families. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: management [subject], leadership, sanitation [subject], waste management [subject], water [subject], safe water, wastewater, greywater, clean water, Feature [doctype], India [country], South-East Asia Region [region] Source Type: news

Health closer to home: transforming care in the Solomon Islands
About 30% of all births in the Solomon Islands happen at the National Referral Hospital, even though the capital accounts for just 13% of the sprawling archipelago ’s population. Of the nation’s 157 doctors, 126 are based here. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - March 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: health services [subject], universal health coverage [subject], universal health care, universal access, Feature [doctype], Solomon Islands [country], Western Pacific Region [region] Source Type: news

Check the source: WHO-validated websites provide trustworthy information on vaccine safety
When people need advice about topics like health, careers, or relationships, the first place they often look is the internet. The same is true when parents and caregivers are seeking credible information about whether vaccines are safe for their children. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - March 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, vaccines [subject], vaccine, vaccine safety, vaccine quality, Feature [doctype] Source Type: news

10 things you should know about the crisis in north-eastern Nigeria
The humanitarian crisis in north-eastern Nigeria has intensified after eight years of violent conflict. The crisis has evolved over the years leading to widespread displacement and devastation as well as acute food and nutrition insecurity and a desperate shortage of essential health care. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, African Region [region], Feature [doctype], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

Frequently asked questions on migration and health
The most frequent health problems of newly arrived migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes and hypertension. Female migrants frequently face specific challenges, particularly in maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and violence. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: gender [subject], gender inequality, refugees [subject], displaced people, refugees [subject], displaced people, refugees [subject], displaced people, violence [subject], violence prevention, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

Health and migration
The most frequent health problems of newly arrived migrants include accidental injuries, hypothermia, burns, cardiovascular events, pregnancy and delivery-related complications, diabetes and hypertension. Female migrants frequently face specific challenges, particularly in maternal, newborn and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and violence. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: gender [subject], gender inequality, refugees [subject], displaced people, refugees [subject], displaced people, refugees [subject], displaced people, violence [subject], violence prevention, Q & A [doctype] Source Type: news

WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria
Medical teams supported by WHO set up mobile clinics in hard to access areas of north-eastern Nigeria. The teams are called; “hard-to-reach” teams (HTR) because their mission is to reach remote and insecure areas to provide urgently needed care to populations deprived of essential health services. The 8 year conflict has caused widespread forced displacement and acute food and nutrition insecurity. Large areas of Born o state, the most-affected state, remain inaccessible to humanitarian assistance. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - February 16, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, African Region [region], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news