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:

  • When Ebola came calling: how communities in Sierra Leone faced the challenge When Ebola first swept through Port Loko District, Sierra Leone the rash of sudden inexplicable deaths was so shocking local people explained it as "a witch plane crash."
  • Ebola: identifying the cause of death 17 November 2014 -- Dead bodies can be very contagious when it comes to Ebola, but that does not mean that every deceased person has died due to the disease. In order to speed up the process of identifying the cause of death of each patient, WHO is working closely with the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research to train burial teams on how to collect an oral swab from deceased patients safely.
  • Safe Ebola burials 7 November 2014 -- A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials. The protocol also includes ways for Ebola burial teams to carry out their work safely while respecting family sensitivities.
  • Dr Matshidiso Moeti of Botswana nominated new World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa Cotonou, Benin, 5 November 2014 - Dr Matshidiso Moeti of the Republic of Botswana was today nominated to be the next World Health Organization's Regional Director for Africa. Health Ministers from the 47 Countries that constitute the WHO African Region nominated her at their annual meeting, which is taking place in Cotonou. Dr Moeti is scheduled to take up her new post on 1 February 2015, succeeding Dr Luis Sambo, whose mandate ends on 31 January 2015 after having served…
  • Dr Sambo urges countries to accelerate the progress of implementation of the African Public Health Emergency Fund Cotonou, Benin 5 November 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, has called on countries in the WHO African Region to accelerate the progress of implementation of the African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF). The Fund, established in 2012, has received US$3.6 million in contributions from Member States and provided financial assistance totaling US$1.3 million to seven countries in the Region to manage declared public health emergencies.



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