AFRO feature

Ebola – a test too far for one little girl

11 June 2015

Ebola – a test too far for one little girl In Guinea, the Ebola outbreak continues and resources are needed to end the epidemic. When testing and treatment options are too far away, people are less willing to cooperate. Mariam's* case illustrates this problem. As a WHO team discussed her symptoms, she listened and showed no signs of distress. When she was told she must go to Conakry – over 3 hours away – she began to sob and her family refused to send her.

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5 children under age 5 die every minute in the African Region

01 June 2015

5 children under age 5 die every minute in the African Region In 2013, an estimated 6.3 million children under five died, 2.9 million of them in the WHO African Region. This is equivalent to five children under 5 years of age dying every minute. Two thirds of these deaths can be attributed to preventable causes. A third of all these deaths are in the neonatal period.

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Smoking Cessation Programmes in Mauritius help tobacco users kick the habit

31 May 2015

Smoking Cessation Programmes in Mauritius help tobacco users kick the habit Tobacco products are one of the biggest public health threats and nearly 80% of consumers live in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco use is estimated to be responsible for 10% of adult deaths worldwide and 3% in the African Region.

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Guninea worm disease: Health Ministers renew commitment to break transmission by year-end, Geneva, 20 May 2015

20 May 2015

Guninea worm disease: Health Ministers renew commitment to break transmission by year-end, Geneva, 20 May 2015 Ministers of Health of guinea worm disease-affected countries have reiterated their commitment to breaking transmission of the disease by the end of 2015.  From 1 January to 30 April 2015, only three confirmed cases have been reported to WHO.  The four endemic countries reported a total of 126 confirmed cases in 2014: Chad (13 cases), Ethiopia (3), Mali (40) and South Sudan (70).

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Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly

16 May 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.

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Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is harmful to the unborn child

13 May 2015

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is harmful to the unborn child Alcohol impacts people and societies in different ways and is determined by the volume of alcohol consumed, the pattern of drinking, and, on rare occasions, the quality of alcohol consumed. Alcohol is a psychoactive substance and its harmful use is known to have dependence-producing properties and cause more than 200 diseases among drinkers as well as devastating effects to innocent victims such as unborn children.

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1 in 5 children in Africa do not have access to life-saving vaccines

28 April 2015

1 in 5 children in Africa do not have access to life-saving vaccines It is estimated that about three million children under five years of age die each year in the African Region and a significant number of these deaths could be prevented by vaccines. Yet one in five children does not receive them. Lack of service delivery in remote areas or lack of information about the effectiveness of vaccines is a major reason many do not receive them.

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Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: lack of funding threatens the free-access to healthcare

27 April 2015

WHO/The Central African Republic 27 April, 2015: Bangui - A drastic shortage in funding is jeopardizing free access to health care services being provided by the World Health Organization and partners in the Central African Republic for hundreds of thousands of people.