With vaccines still in trial stages, front-line health workers and organisations are working towards enhancing survival rates through other means. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Liberia have addressed the importance of an appropriate diet to help fight the virus and build immunity.
It is one year since Haiyan, the world's worst typhoon, struck central Philippines on 8 November 2013, making landfall with 300 km winds and 5-metre waves. Communities were left without food, electricity, water or any means of contacting their relatives. More than 16 million people were affected. Over 6,300 died and more than 4 million were displaced. An estimated 1.14 million homes were damaged or destroyed.
Germany hosts a conference focusing on what can be done to help countries affected by the mass exodus of refugees from Syria in Berlin on October 28. Over two million people have fled across the Syrian border to neighbouring states. In particular Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq have been hardest hit by the flood of refugees.
Armed conflicts, natural disasters and migration have resulted in hundreds of thousands of people around the world going missing. Each missing person leaves behind loved ones in anguish not knowing what happened.
Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the recent fighting in Ninawa Province, including Sinjar and other areas close to the cities of Mosul, Dohuk and Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
Some of them are from religious minorities such as the Yazidis, who sought refuge in Sinjar Mountain after fleeing their homes.
The ICRC is asking for more information about the aid convoy, which left Moscow for eastern Ukraine this morning. According to the Russian authorities, 280 trucks are bound for the region and is due to arrive at an agreed point on the border with Ukraine tonight.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling for the killing in Gaza to stop now. "The human cost in Gaza is too high. Too many people are being killed and wounded including children, women, men and the elderly. They are being damaged in their bodies and in their minds," says ICRC's Head of Operations for the Middle East, Robert Mardini.