Press releases

New WHO Guidelines Make All Persons Living with HIV Eligible for Antiretroviral Treatment

29 April 2016

New WHO Guidelines Make All Persons Living with HIV Eligible for Antiretroviral Treatment

Johannesburg, 29 April 2016 – According to the new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the prevention, treatment and care of HIV and Hepatitis, all 26 million people currently living with HIV in the African Region are now eligible for antiretroviral treatment (ART). This is more than double the number of the current 11 million on treatment.

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A Call to Close the Immunization Gap

26 April 2016

A Call to Close the Immunization Gap

Brazzaville, 26 April 2016 – The sixth African Vaccination Week (AVW) has been launched in Ganta, Nimba County of Liberia, on 25 April 2016 in the presence of high level officials and respected community leaders. The AVW is commemorated by Liberia and the rest of the countries in the African Region during the week of 24–30 April 2016 with the theme, “Close the Immunization Gap. Stay Polio Free.”

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Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO reminds travellers

26 April 2016

Yellow fever vaccination essential for Angola, WHO reminds travellers

26 April 2016, GenevaAs efforts to bring an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola under control continue, WHO is reminding all travellers to the country that they are required to receive the yellow fever vaccination and to have a valid certificate of vaccination to prove that they are protected from the disease and to prevent its further spread.

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African countries withdraw type 2 component of polio vaccine

22 April 2016

African countries withdraw type 2 component of polio vaccine

Brazzaville, 22 April 2016 – As the world gets closer to global polio eradication, all 47 countries in the African Region are joining the rest of the world to switch from trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) in routine immunization schedules.

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Angola extends yellow fever vaccination campaign to Huambo and Benguela provinces

19 April 2016

Angola extends yellow fever vaccination campaign to Huambo and Benguela provinces

19 April 2016 – As Angola grapples with its worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, the Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have extended the vaccination campaign beyond the capital Luanda into Huambo and Benguela – 2 of the other 5 provinces reporting local transmission.