Press releases

The heads of delegation of Members States of the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region adopt the Algiers’s Call to Action for tobacco control

19 October 2016

Professor Noureddine Zidouni Chairman of the national multisectoral Committee for Tobacco control in Algeria reading the Algiers's Call to Action

Brazzaville/Algiers, 19 October 2016 - The heads of delegation of Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region adopted the Algiers Call to Action for Tobacco Control at the end of the high-level meeting on the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

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Response to rift valley fever outbreak in Niger gains momentum

14 October 2016

14 October 2016, Brazzaville/Niamey – The World Health Organization has deployed a team of experts to Niger in an effort to strengthen the coordination of response and stop the spread of the rift valley fever (RVF) that is affecting people and livestock in a district in the north-western part of the country.

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Experts discuss progress in the battle against tobacco use in Africa

10 October 2016

Experts discuss progress in the battle against tobacco use in Africa

Brazzaville/Algiers, 10 October 2016 – Tobacco control experts from the WHO African Region have begun a 4-day meeting in Algiers, Algeria, to review progress in the battle against the devastating consequences of tobacco use.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti urges for more people to be able to do psychological first aid during emergencies in the African Region

07 October 2016

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

Brazzaville, 7 October 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, is urging countries in the African Region to train more people to be able to perform psychological first aid during emergencies. Her message comes as a critical call on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day commemorated under the theme: “Psychological First AID.”

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Immunization officers urged to strengthen efforts to reach every child with vaccines and other health services

26 September 2016

Dr Zawaira, Dr Portia Manangazira, Dr David Okello and Mr Peter DeVries during the official opening of the ESA EPI Managers' meeting

Harare, 26 September 2016 – The World Health Organization has called for renewed efforts to reach every child in the African Region with vaccines and other health services.


The call came at a meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe for immunization officers from the East and Southern African sub-Region (ESA). Speaking at the event, Dr Felicitas Zawaira, Director of Family and Reproductive Health of the WHO Regional Office for Africa, said: “Immunization is one of the key interventions that contribute to averting a large proportion of preventable deaths and we need to prioritize the attainment of universal immunization coverage by 2020 in East and Southern Africa.”