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Latest news from the WHO African Region:

  • Highly contagious meningitis outbreaks continue in African countries Meningitis outbreaks continue to be an enormous public health threat in the African Region. The outbreak in Nigeria is of utmost concern but Ghana and Niger are also experiencing meningitis outbreaks. The outbreak in Nigeria started on 19 January 2015 in Aliero, Local Government Area (LGA) of Kebbi State and the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified on 16 February 2015. Cases have been reported in 26 LGAs of three States, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara. Of confirmed cases, Neisseria meningitidis…
  • Unidentified disease outbreak not infectious - Minister of Health assures Nigerians Abuja, 20 April 2015 - The Minister of State for Health, Mr. Fidelis Nwankwo has debunked the rumors of unidentified disease outbreak which is attributed to 19 deaths since 15th April 2015, out of 24 reported cases. He further provided insights on the causes of illness and sudden deaths in two communities of Irele, Local Government Area (LGA) in Ondo State of Nigeria. On 15th April when the disease was first reported, health officials from the Federal Ministry of Health…
  • WHO Regional Office for Africa launches African Vaccination Week in Zambia Immunization is considered to be one of the most cost-effective public health interventions but many children and adults still do not have access to life-saving vaccines. In order to sustain advocacy, expand community participation and improve immunization service delivery, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa is launching its regional African Vaccination Week (AVW) under the theme “Vaccination, a gift for life” in Lusaka on 23 April 2015. Introduced four years ago, the AVW initiative is now essential…
  • Kenya: Closing the gap on pneumonia through immunization Soon after the birth of her second child, a daughter she named Neema, Tabu Kalama found herself homeless and with no regular income. Ms Kalama had no option but to sleep with her newborn daughter and her 18-month old son in the meagre shelter of palm trees near the beach in Kilifi, in eastern Kenya.
  • Cervical cancer common amongst African women Cervical cancer is caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract. It affects younger age groups as a result of early sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, and exposure to other sexually transmitted infections such as HIV. There are more than 100 types of HPV, of which at least 13 are cancer-causing. Two types of HPV cause 70% of all cervical cancer. Most sexually active men and women will be…