Press releases

WHO mobilizes 164 500 doses of oral cholera vaccine to help control the cholera outbreak in Tanzania

18 June 2015

WHO mobilizes 164 500 doses of oral cholera vaccine to help control the cholera outbreak in Tanzania Kigoma, 18 June 2015 – The cholera risk remains high in villages around entry points for asylum seekers in Kigoma region, Western Tanzania. The daily influx of asylum seekers has caused the population in the Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania to swell to over 55 500.

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Experts meet to discuss a range of public health issues in the African Region

16 June 2015

Experts meet to discuss a range of public health issues in the African Region 65th session of Programme Subcommittee begins Brazzaville, 16 June 2015 – A range of public health issues pertinent to the WHO African Region is the focus of discussions during the four-day Programme subcommittee meeting which began this morning in Brazzaville, Congo. The Programme subcommittee comprises representatives of Member States from the WHO African Region and representation from the Executive Board.

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Experts agree to develop robust blood transfusion services in Ebola affected and unaffected countries

08 June 2015

Experts agree to develop robust blood transfusion services in Ebola affected and unaffected countries Brazzaville, 8 June 2015 - Blood safety experts have agreed to develop robust blood transfusion services (BTS) in Ebola affected and unaffected countries to enhance preparedness for future outbreaks of infections with epidemic potential. Strengthening BTS would also have a direct benefit for tackling regional public health priorities including maternal and child mortality.

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President Edgar Lungu of Zambia pays tribute to the World Health Organization

05 June 2015

President Edgar Lungu of Zambia pays tribute to the World Health Organization Lusaka, Zambia, June 4, 2015 – President Edgar Lungu of Zambia has paid tribute to the World Health Organization (WHO) for its continued role in the country’s health sector. He made these remarks when Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, paid a courtesy call on him as part of her three day official visit to Zambia.

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Dr Moeti applauds Zambia for reducing illnesses and deaths of mothers and children

04 June 2015

Dr Moeti discusses WHO support with Zambia’s President Lungu Lusaka, 04 June 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has applauded the Zambian government for progress made in reducing deaths and illnesses amongst women and children under five years old.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Moeti to visit Zambia

03 June 2015

Lusaka, 3 June 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti will pay a three day official visit to Zambia from 3 to 5 June 2015 at the invitation of the Zambian government. During her visit, she will pay a courtesy call on the President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

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WHO strengthens capacities of national blood transfusion systems in Ebola-affected countries

02 June 2015

WHO strengthens capacities of national blood transfusion systems in Ebola-affected countries Brazzaville, 2 June 2015 - The strengthening of National Blood Transfusion Systems (NBTS) has become a top priority in countries hardest hit by the Ebola virus disease (EVD). Plans are being developed in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to strengthen blood transfusion systems  and ensure safe blood is available to everyone in need.

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Cholera crisis in Tanzania improving despite high transmission risk

26 May 2015

WHO Representative for Tanzania with the medical doctor in charge reviewing a severely dehydrated patient at the CTC at Nyarugusu Kagunga, 26 May 2015 – The ongoing cholera outbreak in western Tanzania appears to be improving thanks to intensive national and international efforts, but the risk of transmission remains high due to limited access to shelter, toilets, water and essential medical care. As of 25 May, the total number of cases diagnosed and treated was 4408 and no deaths have been reported between 21-24 May.