Press releases

African national regulatory agencies and ethics committees agree to harmonise practices to strengthen clinical trial oversight

10 June 2016

African national regulatory agencies and ethics committees agree to harmonise practices to strengthen clinical trial oversight

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10 June 2016 – Heads of national regulatory agencies and national ethics committees from across Africa have agreed to harmonise their practices to strengthen regulatory oversight of clinical trials.

At the end of a two-day extraordinary meeting of the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, consensus was reached to expand AVAREF’s scope and membership as well as to promote collaboration, harmonization of regulatory systems and best practices across the continent. This will be accomplished through a new governance structure that will help provide the foundation for the future African Medicines Agency which is scheduled to be launched in 2018.

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WHO declares the end of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia

09 June 2016

Liberia, 9 June 2016 – Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia. This announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia tested negative for the disease for the second time. Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly and contained before spreading.

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End of Ebola transmission in Guinea

01 June 2016

Man wearing tshirt with text "together we shall overcome Ebola" at a social mobilization event in Guinea

Brazzaville, 1 June 2016 - Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea. Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, calls on African countries to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products

31 May 2016

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, calls on African countries to adopt plain packaging of tobacco products

Brazzaville, 31 May 2016 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, is calling on countries in the Region to prioritize the adoption of stronger warnings on tobacco products including plain packaging.

Dr Moeti's message comes as the global community commemorates World No Tobacco Day, under the theme: “Get Ready for Plain packaging.”

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World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme

25 May 2016

World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme

25 MAY 2016 | GENEVA - WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.