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:

  • Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children (4 766 214) against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week.
  • “Fight Against Epilepsy initiative” in Ghana: A giver of hope, of bright and promising future Adam Abukari, 37 years old, a Ghanaian man from Savelugu/Nanton located in the Northern Region of Ghana, did not know that the seizure he was having was epilepsy until the day when doctors diagnosed him as having it. Epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain and causes repeated seizures. “I grew up before I started experiencing the seizures probably at the age of 20. I used to have about seven or five seizure episodes in a month,” he explains.
  • Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives 10 January 2017, Geneva - Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, such as cancers and heart disease.
  • Research shows higher risk of developing Non-communicable diseases in Africa Brazzaville, 19 December 2016 – With millions of people in Africa predicted to die from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), African Region has supported countries to carry out surveys to identify the main causes of this rising trend.
  • Immunization in Africa: Progress made – but it’s time to up the game Dakar, 14 December 2016 - Immunization experts have called for concrete actions to stem the tide of vaccine preventable diseases in the WHO African Region. The call came from the African Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) which concluded its 2-day meeting on 14 December 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the state of immunization in the region. The RITAG serves as the principal advisory group to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, on regional immunization policies…