Press releases

WHO AFRO launches new project to help African countries control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases

23 May 2016

WHO AFRO launches new project to help African countries control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases

GENEVA, 23 May 2016 – The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) today launched a major new partnership to help African countries reduce the burden of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).

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WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde

20 May 2016

WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde

BRAZZAVILLE / 20 May 2016 - Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa.

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Africa to Intensify Cancer Control through Cancer Registries

10 May 2016

Keeping a cancer registry is essential for comprehensive cancer control in Africa.

Collecting patients’ data in a comprehensive national registry is key to improved and effective cancer care in Africa. This was the main conclusion of a recent workshop held in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. The workshop brought together health authorities and cancer control experts from 19 francophone African countries. With developing regions accounting for almost 70% of all cancer-related deaths, African experts are working to tackle the disease in a holistic manner.

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Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, calls for change in approach to health systems strengthening to achieve the SDGs

06 May 2016

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa addressing the delegates at the conference

Johannesburg, 06 May 2016 – The World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has called for a change in approach from treating single diseases to promoting health, and to investing in strong national health systems in order to be able to deliver on people’s demands and expectations.

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Closing doors stops deadly surgical site infections in Uganda

04 May 2016

Kisiizi Hospital Uganda

In Uganda, taking a bath before surgery, closing the door to the operating theatre and ensuring surgeons clean their hands properly can be the difference between life and death. A study involving more than 650 surgical patients, showed the rate of infections halved after new measures were introduced. As a result, patients are spending less time in hospital, resulting in cost-savings for both the patient and the hospital.