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:

  • First Ebola Vaccine to Be Tested in Affected Communities One Year into Outbreak Ring Vaccination Starts in Coyah, Guinea Conakry, 25 March, 2015 – The Guinean Government with the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the very first efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine this week in an affected community of the Basse-Guinée, one of the areas where most Ebola cases are found in the country. Ring vaccination tests of VSV-EBOV, a lead Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, received an excellent response from the community in a small village in the Coyah prefecture, where the…
  • Central African Republic: health emergency at a crossroads 25 March 2015 -- While there have been slight improvements in the security situation in parts of the Central African Republic in recent months, the country is still in the grips of a major health crisis, following years of conflict and underdevelopment. Only 55% of health facilities in the country are functioning. The country’s Ministry of Health and WHO lead the group of humanitarian partners are working together to fill the gaps in health care and to care for people…
  • Children: the innocent victims of TB in vulnerable communities Each year on 24 March, WHO joins the rest of the international community to commemorate World TB Day. This year’s theme “Gear Up to End TB” is a continuation of the call to reach the missing cases, most of who live in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, including those in the African Region.
  • Dr Marie Puruehnce, Presidential Adviser for Health in Congo pays a courtesy call on Dr Matshidiso Moeti Brazzaville, 18 March 2015 - Dr Marie Francke Puruehnce, the Presidential Adviser for Health in Congo has today paid a courtesy call on Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa at the WHO Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville. The Presidential Adviser congratulated Dr Moeti on her appointment as the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. Both parties discussed cooperation between WHO and the Government of Congo and ongoing efforts to improve people’s health in the…
  • Eating healthy: Reduce salt intake The World Health Organization (WHO) commemorates World Salt Awareness Week from 16 to 22 March, 2015 under the theme ‘less salt please’. This year’s theme highlights the importance of eating out healthy. Most people consume too much salt without even realizing it. In many African countries, the main sources are salt condiments and processed foods. Salt can also be found in other forms and the source depends on the cultural context and dietary habits of the population. Excess consumption of…