Press releases

WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis

20 July 2016

20 July 2016, Geneva - Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016, WHO is urging countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.

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WHO celebrates more than 40 years of success in the control of onchocerciasis or "river blindness"

15 July 2016

Dr Moeti duing visit to President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, 15 July 2016 – WHO celebrates, from 14 to 15 July 2016, more than 40 years of success in the control of onchocerciasis or "river blindness", a parasitic disease whose vector is an insect that reproduces itself in water. The event was launched yesterday morning, at Laïco hotel, Ouagadougou, by the Head of State of Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, in presence of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, several African health ministers (Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Sierra Leone and Uganda), Partners, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and former OCP and APOC staff.  

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Strong political commitment, equitable access, and active engagement of communities key to sustaining immunization gains in Africa

14 July 2016

Strong political commitment, equitable access, and active engagement of communities key to sustaining immunization gains in Africa

Brazzaville, 14 July 2016 -- Sustaining the gains that have been made in the drastic reduction of vaccine preventable diseases in the Region, strengthening immunization systems, and ensuring that everyone has access to immunization were some of the issues discussed at the Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting which ended last week in Brazzaville, Congo.

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President Buhari and WHO Regional Director agree on the need to increase domestic funding for health

13 July 2016

President Buhari of Nigeria welcoming the WHO RD, Dr Moeti to the State House in Abuja

Abuja, 13 July 2016 - His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has agreed with Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director (RD) for Africa, on the need for increasing domestic funding for health in Nigeria.

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Ministers assure WHO Regional Director that health is a key priority for Nigeria

12 July 2016

Dr Moeti speaking with Nigeria's Minister for Budget & Planning

Abuja, 12 July 2016 - Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and Planning and his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance on 11 July, 2016 in Abuja, separately assured the visiting WHO Regional Director (RD) for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, that health remains a key priority of government.

Both ministers gave the RD their commitments towards increasing federal budgetary allocation for the health sector in 2017 in order to help the sector implement government's priority of revitalizing primary health care (PHC) and putting it at the base of health services delivery pyramid.