Media centre

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:

  • WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis 23 July 2015, Geneva - On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. Read the full news release Message of the WHO…
  • WHO and Gates Foundation agree on ways to strengthen collaboration to improve health in the African Region Brazzaville, 27 July 2015 – Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr Trevor Mundel, President of the foundation’s Global Health Division, have reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen collaboration between the two organizations in the WHO African Region. This follows a four-day dialogue held at the WHO Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo between senior-level delegates of the…
  • WHO intensifies efforts to achieve global health security The ongoing Ebola outbreak clearly demonstrates how the inability to prevent, detect, and control a threat in one part of the world poses a threat to everyone, everywhere. It has the potential to cause enormous damage in terms of lives lost, economic impact and human development around the world.
  • WHO strengthening national health emergency and disaster management capacities and resilience of health systems Yaoundé, 23 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) African Region continues to be challenged by frequent natural and man-made emergencies as well as large-scale disease outbreaks that cause injuries, deaths, population displacements, destruction of health facilities and disruption of health care services. The frequency and magnitude of these disasters is projected to increase substantially over the next decades due to a combination of climate risk, resource scarcity and drought, ecosystem degradation, livelihoods’ impoverishment, demographic changes, and limited capacities…
  • Self-testing helps combat HIV in adolescents An HIV self-testing project in Malawi raises the rate of adolescents tested to over 80%. WHO encourages countries to conduct pilot programmes on HIV self-testing so information can be gathered and the role self-tests can be evaluated. Better access to self-testing helps adolescents who need further support for prevention, treatment and care of HIV. Concerns about confidentiality and privacy are one of the key barriers to HIV testing services for adolescents. Read the full story