Press releases

From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

24 March 2017

From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

24 March 2017 – Geneva/Brazzaville/New York/Dakar:  More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.

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Dr Matshidiso Moeti on an official visit to Republic of Niger

21 March 2017

Dr Matshidiso Moeti on an official visit to Republic of Niger

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti is on an official visit to Republic of Niger from the 20 - 22 March 2017. Today she paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Issoufou Mahamadou, the President of Niger. 

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RD calls for renewed approaches to health in Nairobi

09 March 2017

Dr Moeti in a selfie with young people after the town hall engagement at the AHAIC conference

Nairobi, March 7, 2017 - The African Health Agenda International Conference, AHAIC, in Nairobi set off to an enthused start with calls for realistic and holistic solutions that are informed by research and evidence, strengthening of health systems, commitment of governments through financing of health and engagement  of youth and other actors to address the disease burden in the continent.

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Action towards Elimination: Regional Partnership Striving to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

08 February 2017

Action towards Elimination:  Regional Partnership Striving to Eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases

Brazzaville, 8 February 2017 - Fourteen countries set to finalize their Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Annual Plans of Action with guidance from the World Health Organization’s Expanded Special Project on the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN). ESPEN under Communicable Diseases Cluster leadership at the WHO Regional Office for Africa convened a two-day workshop with representatives of the national NTD programmes from Benin, Chad, Central African Republic, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, South Sudan, Tanzania and Togo. Also participating at the workshop were representative of partners and donors- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), END FUND, International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTMH), Mectizan Donation Programme (MDP), RTI and USAID, as well as members of the Regional Programme Review Group (RPRG) and representative of the ESPEN Steering Committee.

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WHO and the African Union Commission map the way forward for stronger partnership

18 February 2017

WHO and the African Union Commission map the way forward for stronger partnership

Brazzaville, 17 February 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the African Union Commission (AUC) held a bilateral meeting at the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) Secretariat in Brazzaville on 16-17 February 2017 to take stock of progress in implementing their partnership agreement, discuss lessons learnt and map out the way forward. The meeting was attended by Senior Management from the African Union Commission, WHO AFRO and the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern and Mediterranean Region (WHO EMRO).