Press releases

African health ministers to endorse regional oral health strategy for 2016-2025

20 August 2016

African health ministers to endorse regional oral health strategy for 2016-2025

Today, health ministers of the WHO African Region will endorse a strategy for Member States to improve oral health and enhance control of non-communicable diseases in general.

"Oral health conditions have an impact on the quality of life of the affected, whereas treatment is costly for individuals, communities and countries. Yet, there are efficient and affordable interventions that could be brought to the people where they live. Preventive actions can be carried out in schools, communities, and primary health centres by frontline health workers," says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

1

By 2030, viral hepatitis to be eliminated from the African Region

21 August 2016

By 2030, viral hepatitis to be eliminated from the African Region

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 21 August 2016 – By 2030, the African Region wants to eliminate viral hepatitis as a major public health threat. With the launch of the document “Prevention, Care and Treatment of viral hepatitis in the African Region: Framework for action 2016–2020”, WHO provides guidance to Member States in the Region on how to implement the first-ever Global Health Sector Strategy on viral hepatitis, which was adopted last May at the World Health Assembly.

2

Malaria is no longer leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa

21 August 2016

Malaria is no longer leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa

21 August 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Today, all forty-seven WHO Member States in the African Region adopted unanimously a new malaria framework for Africa. This framework aims to guide African countries on how to implement the Global Technical Strategy for malaria in the Region. It proposes specific priority interventions and actions to be implemented by Member States to reach “an African Region free of malaria”.

3

Ministers of health commit to make Africa a region in which everyone can live a long, healthy and productive life

20 August 2016

Ministers of health commit to make Africa a region in which everyone can live a long, healthy and productive life

Addis Ababa, 20 August 2016 – In a bid to ensure healthy and dignified ageing in the Region, African Ministers of Health endorsed an implementation framework for the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Ageing and Health. The endorsement took place during the 66th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa that is in session in Addis Ababa on 19–23 August 2016.

4

Dr Moeti proposes actions to address fake medical products

22 August 2016

Dr Moeti proposes actions to address fake medical products

Brazzaville, 22 August 2016 – Every day, fake medicines and medical products are sold at street corners, in open air markets or on unregulated websites in several countries in the African Region. These poor quality, unsafe medicines and products promote drug resistance and lead to loss of confidence in health professionals, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors and in health systems.