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:

  • Cholera crisis in Tanzania improving despite high transmission risk Kagunga, 26 May 2015 – The ongoing cholera outbreak in western Tanzania appears to be improving thanks to intensive national and international efforts, but the risk of transmission remains high due to limited access to shelter, toilets, water and essential medical care. As of 25 May, the total number of cases diagnosed and treated was 4408 and no deaths have been reported between 21-24 May.
  • Dr Moeti urges intensified actions to address heart diseases in children The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has underscored the importance of strengthening health services to tackle rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a neglected and preventable disease in children. She made the remarks whilst addressing participants at a seminar on Rheumatic Heart Disease in Adolescents organized by the World Heart Federation on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
  • Burundian crisis triggers emerging humanitarian emergency in Tanzania Brazzaville/ Dar es Salaam, 19 May 2015 – A severe humanitarian crisis is developing in Tanzania as thousands of refugees from Burundi seek asylum due to escalating political tensions. The situation is especially worrisome in Kagunga village in Tanzania where the original population of 11 382 has increased to over 90 000 since the crisis began in April 2015.
  • Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly 15 May 2015 -- The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly takes place in Geneva 18–26 May 2015, as officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held every May in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Renowned public health experts and leaders endorse a vision for an Africa Health Transformation Programme to enhance health in the African Region An Independent Advisory Group (IAG), comprising renowned public health experts and leaders, has endorsed the Africa Health Transformation Programme 2015–2020: a vision for universal health coverage, proposed by Dr Moeti, the World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa. At its inaugural meeting held in Johannesburg from 4-5 May 2015, the IAG congratulated the Regional Director for convening the IAG and for her vision, calling it a step in the right direction and a testimony to her personal commitment to change…