Press releases

Six candidates proposed for WHO Director-General election

23 September 2016

Six candidates proposed for WHO Director-General election

23 September 2016 – Six candidates have been proposed by WHO Member States for the post of the Organization’s next Director-General. The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer, overseeing the Organization’s international health work. On 1–2 November, a forum will be held for candidates to present their visions to WHO Member States and the public.

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UN Commission: New investments in global health workforce will create jobs and drive economic growth

21 September 2016

UN Commission: New investments in global health workforce will create jobs and drive economic growth

20 September 2016, NEW YORK The Presidents of France and South Africa today called for urgent investments globally to create new jobs in the health sector in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers primarily in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment.

The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, chaired by H.E. François Hollande and H.E. Jacob Zuma, today delivered its final report and recommendations to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Read the news release

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DRC vaccinates more than 10 million people in Africa’s largest yellow fever vaccination campaign

06 September 2016

DRC vaccinates more than 10 million people in Africa’s largest yellow fever vaccination campaign

BRAZZAVILLE, 6 September 2016 – The largest emergency vaccination campaign against yellow fever ever attempted in Africa, came to an end on 5 September 2016 with more than 10.6 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vaccinated against the lethal disease.

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A Toolkit for addressing what makes people sick or healthy launched

05 September 2016

A Toolkit for addressing what makes people sick or healthy launched

Brazzaville, 2 September, 2016 – A toolkit aimed at helping both health and non-health professionals to better address the root causes of what makes people sick or healthy has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region.

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The World Health Organization releases a report on health financing in Africa

26 August 2016

The World Health Organization releases a report on health financing in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, 26 August 2016 - The World Health Organization has released a report on health financing in Africa titled, ‘Public Financing for Health in Africa: from Abuja to the SDGs’,

The report was released today at an event in the lead up to the the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, on 26 August 2016.