WBEZ | WHO http://www.wbez.org/tags/who Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en How Nigeria contained Ebola http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP63365074299.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After 20 people were infected with Ebola in Nigeria, the country has not seen a new case in 42 days. The World Health Organization has declared the country free of Ebola virus transmission. WHO&#39;s Incident Manager for Ebola in Nigeria tells us how they contained the virus.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-how-nigeria-defeated-ebola" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: How Nigeria contained Ebola" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-21/how-nigeria-contained-ebola-110972 After WBEZ report, hospital steps up breastfeeding efforts http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/HolyCrossHospital.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Southwest Side hospital with the Chicago area’s lowest newborn breastfeeding rate is trying to step up its game. Holy Cross has become the first Chicago hospital to register in a United Nations program called the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.</p><p>Holy Cross opened a new maternity ward in February 2010. A year later, however, less than 7&nbsp;percent of the ward’s 263 newborns had breastfed there, according to Illinois birth-certificate data.<br> <br> A May <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/regulators-let-breast-milk-compete-formula-hospitals-86129">report by WBEZ</a> about Holy Cross’s breastfeeding performance made improvement a priority, says Anna Carvalho, the hospital’s vice president of strategic planning and business development. “Your [report] put it front-and-center for us,” she says.<br> <br> To achieve the Baby Friendly designation, Holy Cross is planning to tap federal help for staff training. “A safety-net hospital like this is scrambling for every opportunity,” Carvalho says. “So this one was a no-brainer.”<br> <br> Carvalho points out that many Holy Cross maternity-ward patients did not receive prenatal care. “We’re trying to figure out ways to work with the community so that the first conversation about breastfeeding isn’t happening at the time of delivery but is happening in advance,” she says.<br> <br> The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get nothing but breast milk for their first six months to avoid health problems such as obesity and diabetes.<br> <br> But a federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/Breastfeeding/index.html">report out Tuesday</a> says nearly 80&nbsp;percent of U.S. hospitals give babies formula when not medically necessary.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006 The world's first public health treaty combats cigarette smoking http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-25/worlds-first-public-health-treaty-combats-cigarette-smoking-84209 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-24/104296351.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In America, cigarette smoking seems like it&rsquo;s on the way out. There are restrictions on where you can smoke, and socially, it&rsquo;s a downer. To varying degrees, smoking is more taboo worldwide as well. From Australia to Uruguay, cigarettes are in the crosshairs. There&rsquo;s even a world treaty &ndash; the first ever from the World Health Organization &ndash; called the <a href="http:// http://www.who.int/fctc/en/" target="_blank">Framework Convention on Tobacco Control</a>. So far, more than 160 countries have ratified it. The United States has not. We&rsquo;ll speak with Dr. Judith Mackay, senior policy advisor to the <a href="http://www.worldlungfoundation.org" target="_blank">World Lung Foundation</a>, about all these new efforts to curb smoking and why smoking rates worldwide continue to rise.</p></p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 15:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-25/worlds-first-public-health-treaty-combats-cigarette-smoking-84209