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:

  • Benin to Host 64th Session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa, 3 -7 November 2014 Cotonou/ Brazzaville, 28 October 2014 - Health Ministers from 47 African countries will meet in Cotonou, Benin for the 64th session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa, scheduled to take place from 3-7 November 2014.
  • WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine 24 October 2014 -- WHO convened a high-level emergency meeting on 23 October to look at the many complex policy issues that surround access to Ebola vaccines. Ways to ensure the fair distribution and financing of these vaccines were discussed, as well as plans for the different phases of clinical trials to be performed concurrently rather than consecutively, partnerships for expediting clinical trials, and proposals for getting all development partners moving in tandem and at the same accelerated pace.
  • Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis 22 October 2014 -- Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing almost half a million more cases than previously estimated. WHO’s “Global Tuberculosis Report 2014” shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive. However, the mortality rate from TB is still falling and the number of people developing the disease is declining by an average 1.5%…
  • WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free Abuja  - The World Health Organization, today, 20th October, 2014 officially declared Nigeria Ebola-Free, having passed the mandatory period with no new cases;  42 days after  the  last confirmed case of the virus was discharged from the hospital, giving sufficient confidence to declare the outbreak over.
  • Working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola When Dr Peter Clements arrived in Lofa County, Liberia eight weeks ago, from the WHO country office in Monrovia, 20-30 patients were arriving at the MSF hospital with Ebola-like symptoms every day. People living in the community were afraid, civil unrest was simmering, and an ambulance and health workers were being targeted. read the full story