Press releases

WHO issues new guidance on HIV self-testing ahead of World AIDS Day

29 November 2016

29 November 2016 – In advance of World AIDS Day, WHO has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. According to a new WHO progress report lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major obstacle to implementing the Organization’s recommendation that everyone with HIV should be offered antiretroviral therapy (ART). The report reveals that more than 18 million people with HIV are currently taking ART, and a similar number is still unable to access treatment, the majority of which are unaware of their HIV positive status.


Global leaders agree to promote health to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

21 November 2016

21 November 2016 | SHANGHAILeaders from governments and United Nations organizations, city chiefs and health experts from around the world today made two landmark commitments to promote public health – stressing the links between health and wellbeing and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals – and to advance health through improved management of urban environments.


African leaders pledge to improve emergency preparedness and response at West African Regional Conference on One Health

14 November 2016

14 November 2016 – On Friday, at the landmark West African Regional Conference on One Health in Dakar, Senegal, ministers of health, agriculture and wildlife renewed their commitment to working together to prevent and respond early to public health threats across West Africa. The collaboration comes as the region approaches the three year mark since the first Ebola case in the recent outbreak.


Dr Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, advocates building resilient health systems, increasing investments for health and mobilizing domestic resources in African countries

07 November 2016

Le Premier Ministre ivoirien en compagnie du Président de la BAD, de la Directrice régionale de lOMS et des différents ministres de la santé et des Finances des pays invités

Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 7 November 2016 – At the opening of the Ministerial Dialogue that brought together African ministers of health and finance, hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in Abidjan on the theme: “From Ebola to Zika; how prepared are we and what needs to be done,” the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, delivered three key messages.


WHO-AfDB cooperation: Dr Moeti and Dr Adesina agree on a number of financing priorities for health in Africa

09 November 2016

Dr Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa and Dr Adesina, President of the African Development Bank

Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), 9 November 2016 – The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr Akimwumi Adesina, have agreed on priority health programmes for potential future cooperation between the Bank and WHO.