Press releases

WHO staff on the ground essential to breaking Ebola transmission chains

24 August 2015

Contact tracing in Sierra Leone Freetown/ Brazzaville, 24 August 2015 – Ongoing efforts to get to zero Ebola cases in Sierra Leone are yielding good results. This follows a massive deployment of experts by the World Health Organization and partners, to track and break each and every transmission chain of Ebola virus disease (EVD) through linking intensive community engagement and social mobilization efforts with surveillance and contact tracing. The tracking and breaking of transmission chains requires tremendous numbers of qualified staff to work with the…

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Courtesy call of German Ambassador to WHO Regional Office for Africa

18 August 2015

Courtesy call of German Ambassador to WHO Regional Office for Africa Brazzaville, 18 August 2015 – The German Ambassador to the Republic of Congo, His Excellency Thomas Strieder paid a courtesy call on the World Health Organization Regional Office in Djoue, Brazzaville where he was received by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa.During the visit, they discussed a range of issues including polio eradication and ongoing efforts to ensure that investments made to eradicate polio contribute to future health goals. They also discussed how Federal Republic of Germany…

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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,…