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The World Health Organisation

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Introduction 3 The WHO and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) 3 What is the WHO Doing about SARS? 3 WHO Aims 4 * Contain and control the outbreak 4 * Identify the causative agent 4 * Identify effective treatment regimes 4 * Support health care infrastructure in affected countries by coordinating supplies and additional health care workers if needed 4 * Provide information to health officials and address public concerns 4 The CDC 4 How Successful Has WHO Been? 5 Analysis of the Sources 5 * Encarta Encyclopaedia Online 5 * The Official WHO Website 5 * Longman 20th Century Series: United Nations? 6 * MEDLINEplus Health Information Website 6 * The Official CDC Website 6 * The Official NIAID Website 6 Bibliography 6 Internet 6 CD-ROMs 6 Books 6 Introduction The World Health Organisation (WHO) was established in 1948 to deal with major health issues of the world. Some of the tasks the organisation looks after are to co-ordinate medical research, monitor and combat the infectious diseases of the world, and to help developing countries set up adequate health services. The WHO has over 150 member countries with its headquarters Geneva, Switzerland. ...read more.

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* Identify effective treatment regimes Though no cure has been found, some cases, through supportive care have recovered. The WHO has been educating the health organisations of many countries on the best ways to treat those with SARS. * Support health care infrastructure in affected countries by coordinating supplies and additional health care workers if needed The WHO provided research teams to the most infected areas. Two of these areas are Guangdong and Hanoi. There the WHO teams collect data for research labs and try to pinpoint the characteristics of SARS. * Provide information to health officials and address public concerns The WHO has designated a whole sub-page on their website to SARS. The public and health officials of their countries can get information on a number of topics from travel recommendations to best possible treatment for SARS patients. The CDC Another agency that is doing considerable work on SARS with the WHO is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They have worked closely with the WHO and done the following: * Activated its Emergency Operations Center to provide round-the-clock coordination and response. * Committed more than 700 medical experts and support staff to work on the SARS response. ...read more.

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* MEDLINEplus Health Information Website Is a website that brings articles from all over the internet relating to health issues. This site is much broader than the CDC or the WHO website itself because it has a combination of the two with articles from Reuters and local presses. Most of the articles have authors and dates attached to it. But once again this website is American and seems intent to show how the American institutions are 'helping' with the disease. Other than that, a great website with information for all people on health topics, with dates, authors and links to other websites. * The Official CDC Website With close ties to the WHO, this website also shows the incredible breakthroughs and work done by its organisation to prevent the spread of SARS. But again there are great information pages that have been very useful in describing the work done by CDC and WHO. However like the WHO website, no website manager or writers are specified, which can make the information questionable. * The Official NIAID Website Is a Website for an American lab that is working on the SARS disease. It offers great information on the scientific side of the virus and the lab work done. Information pages are dated and they specify a publisher with an address to the organisation. A reliable source in the end. ...read more.

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