Notes for the press

‘’I am impressed with the Coyah Ebola Treatment Centre", says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

27 February 2015

Partial view of the Coyah Ebola Treatment Centre (Guinea) Conakry, 26 February 2015 - This morning, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, during her stay in Guinea, visited the Coyah Ebola Treatment Centre. The Centre, situated 50km from Conakry, was opened on 31 December 2014. It has a capacity of 100 beds, 50 of which have been used till date. As of 26 February 2015, 17 patients, including 14 confimed Ebola cases and 3 suspected case were adimitted in the Centre. Patients come from  Boffa, Coyah, Dubréka…


Safe Ebola burials

07 November 2014

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.


Fighting Viral Hepatitis in the African Region

06 November 2014

Cotonou, 6 November 2014 -  The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, has suggested that countries in the African Region should establish strong and well-resourced surveillance systems in order to detect viral hepatitis, a growing public health threat in Africa. Dr Sambo’ s suggestions are contained in a report to be discussed by the 64th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa taking place in Cotonou, Benin Republic.


Benin to Host 64th Session of WHO Regional Committee for Africa, 3 -7 November 2014

28 October 2014

Cotonou/ Brazzaville, 28 October 2014 - Health Ministers from 47 African countries will meet in Cotonou, Benin for the 64th session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa, scheduled to take place from 3-7 November 2014.


Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 October 2014

22 October 2014 -- Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing almost half a million more cases than previously estimated. WHO’s “Global Tuberculosis Report 2014” shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive. However, the mortality rate from TB is still falling and the number of people developing the disease is declining by an average 1.5%…


Cooperation between WHO-AfDB: Signing of a US$ 60 million grant to tackle the Ebola outbreak

26 August 2014

Abidjan (Ivory Coast), 25 August 2014 – At a signing ceremony tomorrow at 9.30, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Donald Kaberuka, and Dr Luis G. Sambo, Regional Director,  World Health Organisation (WHO), Regional Office for Africa, will sign a donor agreement at the CCIA Building, granting US$ 60 million (approx. 30 billion Francs CFA) to WHO.


Inaugural Meeting of the Regional Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Task Force in the African Region

02 April 2014

Brazzaville, 2 April 2014 -- The inaugural meeting of the Regional Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH) Task Force in the WHO African Region got underway  in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on Tuesday . The task force was established in 2013 to provide strategic advice to WHO on the development of policies and strategies related to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the African Region. This is in line with one of WHO’s Strategic Directions in…


WHO and partners launch measles vaccination in Central African Republic

02 January 2014

BANGUI, Central African Republic, 2 January 2014 -- Following the confirmation by the Bangui Pasteur Institute of cases of measles in two camps for displaced persons – near Bangui airport (3 cases) and at the Don Bosco Centre in Damala (5 cases) - WHO, UNICEF, MSF and other partners will support an emergency response immunization campaign to control this epidemic starting Friday, 3 January 2014. More than 60 000 children aged between 6 months and 15 years will be covered…