WHO teams assist people in hard-to-reach areas of Nigeria

17 February 2017 – 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. Two-thirds of hospitals, clinics and other health facilities in the most affected states have been completely or partially damaged.

Reducing maternal and newborn deaths by half

14 February 2017 – Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years. Through a new network supported by WHO, UNICEF, and other partners, these countries will improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive.

Yellow fever outbreak ends in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past 6 months.

Approximately 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy

13 February 2017 – Epilepsy is a chronic disorder of the brain that affects people worldwide. It is characterized by recurrent seizures. The estimated proportion of the general population with active epilepsy at a given time is between 4 and 10 per 1000 people. As an initiative established in 1997, WHO and partners are carrying out a global campaign – "Out of the Shadows" – to provide better information and raise awareness about epilepsy.

Urgent health needs in Yemen

8 February 2017 – WHO has deployed medical teams to provide urgently needed health services for internally displaced persons in Yemen. Roughly 22 000 people are affected by intense fighting in Al-Mokha city. More than 8000 people have fled to neighbouring regions to escape, while thousands more remain trapped and caught in the crossfire.

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Infographics on epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures are due to brief disturbances in the electrical functions of the brain.

Zika virus commentary

WHO Director-General Dr Chan at the World Health Assembly, 25 May 2016

"Like every other explosive outbreak, Zika revealed fault lines in the world’s collective preparedness."