Press releases

The African Region to initiate action towards the attainment of the Health SDGs by strengthening health systems

12 December 2016

The African Region to initiate action towards the attainment of the Health SDGs by strengthening health systems

12 December 2016, Windhoek, Namibia/Brazzaville, Congo – The First Regional Forum on Strengthening Health Systems for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) opened today in Windhoek, Namibia with the theme Healthy Systems, Healthy People: Making Universal Health Coverage Work for Africa.  The Forum, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) in collaboration with the Government of Namibia, will initiate the WHO Africa Region’s actions towards implementation of the health SDG and Universal Health Coverage.

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WHO and OAFLA step up actions to further improve health in Africa

08 December 2016

Brazzaville, 07 December 2016 – Experts from the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) and the Organization of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) are meeting in Brazzaville, Congo from 7-8 December 2016 to discuss a range of health priorities and actions that both parties will jointly embark on to improve the health of people in Africa.

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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.

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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.

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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.