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:

  • Official launch of the WHO manual: “Promoting oral health in Africa” Brazzaville/Niamey, 27 April 2016 – The WHO Regional Office for Africa cordially invites the media to the regional launch of the manual titled: “Promoting oral health in Africa – Prevention and management of oral diseases and noma as essential interventions against noncommunicable diseases”. This publication is WHO’s response to requests from Member States and partners for a reference manual on the prevention and management of oral diseases.
  • A Call to Close the Immunization Gap Brazzaville, 26 April 2016 – The sixth African Vaccination Week (AVW) has been launched in Ganta, Nimba County of Liberia, on 25 April 2016 in the presence of high level officials and respected community leaders. The AVW is commemorated by Liberia and the rest of the countries in the African Region during the week of 24–30 April 2016 with the theme, “Close the Immunization Gap. Stay Polio Free.”
  • Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO reminds travellers 26 April 2016, Geneva - As efforts to bring an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola under control continue, WHO is reminding all travellers to the country that they are required to receive the yellow fever vaccination and to have a valid certificate of vaccination to prove that they are protected from the disease and to prevent its further spread.
  • African countries withdraw type 2 component of polio vaccine Brazzaville, 22 April 2016 – As the world gets closer to global polio eradication, all 47 countries in the African Region are joining the rest of the world to switch from trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) in routine immunization schedules.
  • Angola extends yellow fever vaccination campaign to Huambo and Benguela provinces 19 April 2016 – As Angola grapples with its worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, the Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have extended the vaccination campaign beyond the capital Luanda into Huambo and Benguela – 2 of the other 5 provinces reporting local transmission.