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Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017

Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017, Geneva - Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to a new landmark global report from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, such as cancers and heart disease.

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Research shows higher risk of developing Non-communicable diseases in Africa

21 December 2016

Research shows higher risk of developing Non-communicable diseases in Africa

Brazzaville, 19 December 2016 – With millions of people in Africa predicted to die from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO), African Region has supported countries to carry out surveys to identify the main causes of this rising trend.

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Immunization in Africa: Progress made – but it’s time to up the game

15 December 2016

Dakar, 14 December 2016 - Immunization experts have called for concrete actions to stem the tide of vaccine preventable diseases in the WHO African Region. The call came from the African Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) which concluded its 2-day meeting on 14 December 2016 in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the state of immunization in the region. The RITAG serves as the principal advisory group to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, on regional immunization policies and programmes.

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Full impact of devastated health services in north-eastern Nigeria revealed by WHO report

14 December 2016

WHO/B Mafio

14 December 2016 | GENEVA One third of more than 700 health facilities in Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria, have been completely destroyed, according to a report released today by WHO. Of those facilities remaining, one third are not functioning at all.

"High insecurity, difficult terrain and lack of health workers, medicines, equipment and basic amenities such as safe water are making access to essential, lifesaving health care extremely difficult for people in this conflict-affected area," says Dr Wondi Alemu, WHO Representative in Nigeria.

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Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track

13 December 2016

Malaria control improves for vulnerable in Africa, but global progress off-track

13 December 2016 – Children and pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa have greater access to effective malaria control, according to WHO's World Malaria Report 2016. But in many countries in the region, substantial gaps in programme coverage remain. Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 90% of malaria cases and 92% of malaria deaths.