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:

  • Immunization officers urged to strengthen efforts to reach every child with vaccines and other health services Harare, 26 September 2016 – The World Health Organization has called for renewed efforts to reach every child in the African Region with vaccines and other health services. The call came at a meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe for immunization officers from the East and Southern African sub-Region (ESA). Speaking at the event, Dr Felicitas Zawaira, Director of Family and Reproductive Health of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, said: “Immunization is one of the key interventions that contribute to…
  • Six candidates proposed for WHO Director-General election 23 September 2016 – Six candidates have been proposed by WHO Member States for the post of the Organization’s next Director-General. The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer, overseeing the Organization’s international health work. On 1–2 November, a forum will be held for candidates to present their visions to WHO Member States and the public.
  • UN Commission: New investments in global health workforce will create jobs and drive economic growth 20 September 2016, NEW YORK - The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment. The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by H.E. François Hollande and H.E. Jacob Zuma, today delivered its…
  • WHO and partners battle multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan. Adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health. 
  • WHO’s response to cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC has, from early 2016 to September, registered a cumulative total of 18.252 suspected cholera cases, of which 516 deaths (fatality rate of 2.8%) throughout the country, particularly in the Equateur, Kinshasa, Upper-Lomami, Upper-Katanga, Maï-Ndombe, Mongala, North-Kivu, Tshopo and South-Kivu Provinces.