Press releases

World on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine

31 July 2015

World on the verge of an effective Ebola vaccine Geneva, 31 July 2015 - Results from an interim analysis of the Guinea Phase III efficacy vaccine trial show that VSV-EBOV (Merck, Sharp & Dohme) is highly effective against Ebola. The independent body of international experts - the Data and Safety Monitoring Board – that conducted the review, advised that the trial should continue. Preliminary results from analyses of these interim data are published today in the British journal The Lancet. "This is an extremely promising development," said Dr Margaret…

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WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

28 July 2015

WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis 23 July 2015, Geneva - On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) WHO highlights the urgent need for countries to enhance action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year. Read the full news release Message of the WHO…

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WHO and Gates Foundation agree on ways to strengthen collaboration to improve health in the African Region

27 July 2015

WHO and Gates Foundation agree on ways to strengthen collaboration to improve health in the African Region Brazzaville, 27 July 2015 – Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr Trevor Mundel, President of the foundation’s Global Health Division, have reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen collaboration between the two organizations in the WHO African Region. This follows a four-day dialogue held at the WHO Regional Office in Brazzaville, Congo between senior-level delegates of the…

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WHO strengthening national health emergency and disaster management capacities and resilience of health systems

23 July 2015

Yaoundé, 23 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) African Region continues to be challenged by frequent natural and man-made emergencies as well as large-scale disease outbreaks that cause injuries, deaths, population displacements, destruction of health facilities and disruption of health care services. The frequency and magnitude of these disasters is projected to increase substantially over the next decades due to a combination of climate risk, resource scarcity and drought, ecosystem degradation, livelihoods’ impoverishment, demographic changes, and limited capacities…

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High level delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visits World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa

22 July 2015

High level delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visits World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville, 21 July 2015 - A high level delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has begun a four-day official visit to the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) in Brazzaville, Congo from 21-24 July 2015. The aim of the visit is to review ongoing collaboration between the two organizations and explore new ways of working together to improve the health of people in the African Region. An initial team of senior leaders from BMGF including…

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MERCK company pays courtesy call to WHO Regional Office for Africa

16 July 2015

MERCK company pays courtesy call to WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville, 16 July 2015 – A high level delegation from Merck, a drug pharmaceutical company donating Praziquantel (PZQ) tablets for schistosomiasis control and elimination, has today paid a courtesy call to the World Health Organization Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville where they were received by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa.Dr. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, chairman of the Board of partners of Merck KGaA was accompanied by Dr. Karim Bendhaou, president of Merck North & West Africa Group, Mr. Frank Gotthardt,…

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The World Health Organization to accelerate national and global health security

13 July 2015

The World Health Organization to accelerate national and global health security Cape Town, 13 July 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has brought together 200 high-level experts from governments, development agencies, civil society and international organizations to make the world a safer place. The conference called “Building Health Security Beyond Ebola” will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 13 to 15 July. Experts at the meeting will focus on how to make countries and communities stronger by accelerating development of health systems and capacities identified by the International…

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Ebola recovery is impossible unless resilient health systems are rebuilt in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

06 July 2015

| Recovery in West Africa needs more urgency as the region’s battered systems have limited capacity to reactivate essential health services |NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRAZZAVILLE (06 July, 2015) — In the lead-up to a major fundraising conference for Ebola recovery, the World Health Organization (WHO) called the rebuilding of the national health systems in West Africa a critical priority. While the countries are still working to get to zero Ebola cases, staying at zero is inconceivable unless rebuilding of the health systems…