Press releases

Fifteen African Countries and Partners Take stock of Progress Made in Access to Medicines

29 June 2016

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‘Good Results Require Sustained Efforts’

Brazzaville, 29 June 2016 - The European Union (EU), the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) this week meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take stock of progress made by a joint four year programme to improve access to quality medicines in 15 Sub-Saharan African countries[1] .  The EU/ACP/WHO partnership is one of the leading initiatives attempting to build strong pharmaceutical systems to make quality medicines available to African populations.

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Launch of emergency vaccination campaigns on the DR Congo and Angola border

22 June 2016

Brazzaville, 22 June 2016 – As the yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo continues, the World Health Organization will launch emergency pre-emptive vaccination campaigns on the DR Congo, Angola border and the city of Kinshasa in the DR Congo to halt the epidemic and prevent the risk of further international spread.

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WHO African Region Programme Subcommittee meeting begins in Brazzaville, Congo

14 June 2016

WHO African Region Programme Subcommittee meeting begins in Brazzaville, Congo

Brazzaville, 13 June 2016 – The meeting of the Programme Sub-Committee (PSC) of the Regional Committee for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region began today in Brazzaville, Congo. The PSC prepares and reviews documentation for presentation to the Regional Committee which meets annually to deliberate and pass resolutions on priority health issues in the Region.

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African national regulatory agencies and ethics committees agree to harmonise practices to strengthen clinical trial oversight

10 June 2016

African national regulatory agencies and ethics committees agree to harmonise practices to strengthen clinical trial oversight

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 June 2016 – Heads of national regulatory agencies and national ethics committees from across Africa have agreed to harmonise their practices to strengthen regulatory oversight of clinical trials.

At the end of a two-day extraordinary meeting of the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, consensus was reached to expand AVAREF’s scope and membership as well as to promote collaboration, harmonization of regulatory systems and best practices across the continent. This will be accomplished through a new governance structure that will help provide the foundation for the future African Medicines Agency which is scheduled to be launched in 2018.

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WHO declares the end of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia

09 June 2016

Liberia, 9 June 2016 – Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia. This announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia tested negative for the disease for the second time. Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly and contained before spreading.