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:

  • Tobacco control must accelerate to protect innocent children, women and men in Africa Nairobi, February 27 2015 -- Delegates attending the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Nairobi marked the 10-year celebration of the implementation of tobacco control in Africa with jubilation and concerted determination to fight the tobacco epidemic to the end. The delegates from 39 of the 47 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region agreed to the Nairobi Declaration on FCTC to accelerate comprehensive measures, which will save the lives of innocent children, youth and adults…
  • WHO identifying innovative ways to strengthen immunization services in Central Africa Douala, 25 February 2015 –- The World Health Organization (WHO) Inter-country Support Team (IST) for Central Africa is convening its Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Managers’ meeting in Douala, Cameroon from 23 to 27 February 2015 to strengthen and improve access to immunization services in 10 countries in Central Africa. The meeting was officially opened by the Secretary General of the Littoral region on behalf of the Governor and attended by more than 120 participants including the WHO and UNICEF…
  • Kenya hosts commemoration to accelerate comprehensive implementation of WHO FCTC in the African Region Nairobi, 25 February 2015 -- The WHO meeting to commemorate the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) started in Nairobi today with members and participants commending great milestones but cautioning that a lot is still needing to be done to save lives from the tobacco epidemic. The meeting attended by Member States outlines the implementation status for each state and what still remains to be done to protect African citizens from tobacco use and tobacco-related deaths. Forty-three…
  • Africa’s health depends on improved nutrition A profound shift from communicable to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is under way in many parts of the African Region. Globally, NCDs are estimated to kill 38 million people each year and they threaten progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals and influence the post-2015 development agenda. The four main types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. The trend towards a unhealthy diet…
  • WHO celebrates 10 years of tobacco control in the African Region Nairobi, 25 February 2015 – On 27 February, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates 10 years of implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the African Region. Tobacco kills an estimated 6 million people every year but the true impact remains untold due to the lag of several years between when people start using tobacco and when their health suffers. To date, 43 of 47 Member States in the WHO African Region have ratified the WHO…