Press releases

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).

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Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance visits the WHO Regional Office for Africa

18 February 2017

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance visits the WHO Regional Office for Africa

Senior members of the Gavi Secretariat visited the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) on 14 and 15 February to discuss with the Leadership of WHO AFRO on further enhancing WHO and Gavi’s joint efforts to effectively support countries within the African region towards strengthening their immunization and health systems.  

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The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends

14 February 2017

The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends

Brazzaville, 14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six months.

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Early cancer diagnosis saves lives, cuts treatment costs

01 February 2017

3 February 2017, GENEVA - New guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), launched ahead of World Cancer Day (4 February), aims to improve the chances of survival for people living with cancer by ensuring that health services can focus on diagnosing and treating the disease earlier.