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maandag 4 december 2017

WHO: Encounters with plague: tracing and preventing illness

Encounters with plague: tracing and preventing illness
In Madagascar, where a severe plague epidemic has unfolded since August 2017, the number of new infections is finally in decline. WHO is supporting health authorities to respond to the outbreak, from setting up specialized plague treatment units in health centres, to distributing medicines across the country. A particularly effective action has involved training teams to find people who have been in contact with a pneumonic plague patient – a system known as "contact tracing" – to help ensure these contacts are protected from falling sick themselves.

Rakoto,* a 17-year-old man from Antananarivo, began feeling sick one day in October. Although he was coughing and spitting up blood for several days, Rakoto was reluctant to go to a health centre. The plague outbreak was in the news every day, and his family was concerned that he might be infected. When he eventually collapsed while visiting his aunt, Rakoto's father took him to a clinic.
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WHO and Global Fund sign cooperation agreement
Today WHO and the Global Fund signed cooperation and financing agreements, amounting to an estimated US$50 million, to continue the invaluable technical support to countries to fight HIV AIDS, TB and malaria, and make significant strides towards the achievement of universal health coverage.

"WHO and the Global Fund share a common mission and commitment to serve countries. These new agreements extend our close collaboration further," said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. "Partnerships will continue to be critical for achieving the mission of WHO. We cannot do it alone, and rely on partners like the Global Fund to promote health – keep the world safe – and serve the vulnerable."
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Improving the lives of people with disability – the role of data
But through a WHO-backed initiative, she and her colleagues at Chile's National Disability Service have developed up-to-date information on disability in her Latin American nation, and are using this to strengthen services for people who need them.
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