Press releases

WHO hosts regional consultation to strengthen national school health programmes in the African Region

18 October 2016

18 October 2016, Brazzaville – A four-day regional consultation on national school health programmes in the African Region opens today in Brazzaville, Congo.  The Consultation – organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFR) in collaboration with the Government of Congo – brings together 29  countries of the Region, development partners, non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society, youth representatives, and the United Nations system to take stock of progress made in the region on school health in the African Region and provide inputs to the Global Guidance for Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA! Guidance).

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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.”