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:

  • The World Health Organization releases a report on health financing in Africa Nairobi, Kenya, 26 August 2016 - The World Health Organization has released a report on health financing in Africa titled, ‘Public Financing for Health in Africa: from Abuja to the SDGs’, The report was released today at an event in the lead up to the the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 26 August 2016.
  • Yellow fever vaccination campaign in Democratic Republic of the Congo: Logistics pathway The biggest emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign ever held in Africa is underway in Democratic Republic of the Congo. With high risk of transmission of the mosquito-borne disease in the densely populated capital city of Kinshasa, the vaccination campaign aims to protect as many people at risk as possible and stop the outbreak before the rainy season begins in late September.
  • Ghanaian health workers use mobile phones to collect real-time maternal health data 24 August 2016 - Mavis Tabi-Boateng, a midwife at a health centre in Watreso, Ghana, often sees patients who travel long distances for antenatal care visits. During these visits she checks to see if the mother and baby are healthy. Mavis remembers caring for Ama Mensah*, a pregnant 24-year-old farmer, who had travelled 4 km for a final antenatal care visit before the birth of her child. She noticed the mother’s mental state was poor so she referred her to…
  • WHO scales up response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria 22 August 2016 – A WHO emergency health team has arrived in Maiduguri city, north-eastern Nigeria, to assess and respond to the health needs of 800 000 people in the area. WHO and partners will work with local officials to urgently reduce the rates of death and disease caused by malnutrition, disease outbreaks, and a long-term lack of access to basic health services. Read the news release More about the crisis in Nigeria
  • New report on public financing for health in Africa 23 August 2016 – Fifteen years ago, African leaders pledged to increase health spending to 15% of total government expenditure. Since then health spending has reached an average of 10%. Still, as economies have grown, a number of challenges are hampering progress towards universal health coverage. A new WHO report examines trends in public financing in Africa and the critical role played by public financial management systems. More about the report