Press releases

Government of Nigeria reports two wild poliovirus cases, first since July 2014

11 August 2016

Government of Nigeria reports two wild poliovirus cases, first since July 2014

11 August 2016 – After more than 2 years without wild poliovirus in Nigeria, the Government reported today that 2 children have been paralyzed. As an immediate priority, the Government of Nigeria is collaborating with WHO and other partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to respond urgently and prevent more children from being paralyzed.

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WHO calls for enhanced vigilance amidst reports of declining yellow fever cases

11 August 2016

Brazzaville, 11 August 2016 – As the number of yellow fever cases decline in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization calls on Governments and partners to capitalize on the momentum and intensify response measures.

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​​Gains in fight to control yellow fever outbreak: but response must continue

06 August 2016

​​Gains in fight to control yellow fever outbreak: but response must continue

6 August 2016 - The yellow fever epidemic in Angola, first reported in late January 2016, appears to be declining, with no new cases confirmed in the last 6 weeks. However, WHO and partners continue to provide support to Angola as well as to Democratic Republic of the Congo to control the outbreak there.

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WHO encourages countries to act now to reduce deaths from viral hepatitis

20 July 2016

20 July 2016, Geneva - Ahead of World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2016, WHO is urging countries to take rapid action to improve knowledge about the disease, and to increase access to testing and treatment services. Today, only 1 in 20 people with viral hepatitis know they have it. And just 1 in 100 with the disease is being treated.

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WHO celebrates more than 40 years of success in the control of onchocerciasis or "river blindness"

15 July 2016

Dr Moeti duing visit to President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou, 15 July 2016 – WHO celebrates, from 14 to 15 July 2016, more than 40 years of success in the control of onchocerciasis or "river blindness", a parasitic disease whose vector is an insect that reproduces itself in water. The event was launched yesterday morning, at Laïco hotel, Ouagadougou, by the Head of State of Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, in presence of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, several African health ministers (Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Sierra Leone and Uganda), Partners, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and former OCP and APOC staff.