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:

  • World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme 25 MAY 2016 | GENEVA - WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.
  • WHO AFRO launches new project to help African countries control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases GENEVA, 23 May 2016 – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) today launched a major new partnership to help African countries reduce the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
  • Health is a bridge from crisis to sustainable development By Dr Michel YaoWHO Representative to Central African RepublicThree years of conflict have left a heavy toll on the people of the Central African Republic – a country among the 10 poorest in the world. Nearly one million people are still uprooted from their homes and communities. Half of the total population of 4.6 million people lack access to essential health services. Whilst a peace process slowly takes hold, the people need support to recover and rebuild, and health plays…
  • WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde BRAZZAVILLE / 20 May 2016 - Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa. “The findings are of concern because it is…
  • Meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) concerning Yellow Fever An Emergency Committee (EC) regarding yellow fever was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) by teleconference on 19 May 2016, from 13:00 to 17:15 Central European Time.