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Welcome to the Media Centre, an online resource designed to give members of the print, electronic and online media -- and others seeking information about WHO -- the latest news and information on the activities and priority programmes of the WHO Regional Office for Africa.


Latest news from the WHO African Region:

  • The road to redemption: Ebola infection prevention and control The road to the 200-bed Redemption Hospital in Monrovia is unpaved. During the rainy season it is full of potholes and mud. Patients may have difficulty arriving, but they come, because Redemption is the only public facility in the area and serves some 90 000 people. In August 2014, the hospital was at the center of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It quickly became overwhelmed and, for a time, had to close its inpatient department.
  • Last Ebola case in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone on Monday, 24 August 2015. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country. Surrounded by singing, dancing and clapping health-care workers, Adama Sankou, palm oil trader, was released from the Makheni Ebola treatment unit. In the ceremony held to mark the final Ebola case, the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, described Madame…
  • WHO staff on the ground essential to breaking Ebola transmission chains Freetown/ Brazzaville, 24 August 2015 – Ongoing efforts to get to zero Ebola cases in Sierra Leone are yielding good results. This follows a massive deployment of experts by the World Health Organization and partners, to track and break each and every transmission chain of Ebola virus disease (EVD) through linking intensive community engagement and social mobilization efforts with surveillance and contact tracing. The tracking and breaking of transmission chains requires tremendous numbers of qualified staff to work with the…
  • WHO thanks health workers on World Humanitarian Day 2015 Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan19 August 2015 On this 12th World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO is drawing the world’s attention to the contributions and sacrifices of health workers who respond to humanitarian crises. More than a decade since the first World Humanitarian Day, the demands on emergency responders are unprecedented, with 82.5 million people in 37 countries needing humanitarian assistance. The costs, too, are unprecedented, reaching an estimated US$20 billion. read the full statement
  • Courtesy call of German Ambassador to WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville, 18 August 2015 – The German Ambassador to the Republic of Congo, His Excellency Thomas Strieder paid a courtesy call on the World Health Organization Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville where he was received by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa.During the visit, they discussed a range of issues including polio eradication and ongoing efforts to ensure that investments made to eradicate polio contribute to future health goals. They also discussed how Federal Republic of Germany…