Press releases

WHO launches African Vaccination Week in Zambia

23 April 2015

WHO launches African Vaccination Week in Zambia Brazzaville/Lusaka, 23 April 2015 – Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa launches the African Vaccination Week (AVW) in Lusaka, Zambia under the theme “Vaccination, a gift for life”. This event marks the commencement of week-long immunization activities from 24 to 30 April across all 47 countries in the WHO African Region.

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WHO Regional Director applauds the contribution of communities in the fight against Ebola in Liberia

22 April 2015

WHO Regional Director applauds the contribution of communities in the fight against Ebola in Liberia Monrovia, 22 April 2014 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has underscored the importance of involving the communities in the fight against Ebola. Speaking to residents of Zuma town, Monrovia, one of the communities which were heavily affected by the Ebola virus disease, Dr Moeti commended the high level of involvement by the community and the tremendous efforts to stop Ebola in Liberia. “We admire your courage and ability to adjust to fight the disease because…

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WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Liberia for a two-day official visit

22 April 2015

WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Liberia for a two-day official visit Monrovia, 22 April 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti began a two-day official visit to Liberia today. The aim of the visit is to assess the progress that has been made in controlling the Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic and identify areas WHO could further support the country in its recovery efforts. The visit is the last leg of the Regional Director’s tour of the three countries worst affected by the EVD…

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Unidentified disease outbreak not infectious - Minister of Health assures Nigerians

20 April 2015

Minister of State for Health flanked by the Director of Public Health and the WHO Country Representative in Nigeria Abuja, 20 April 2015 - The Minister of State for Health, Mr. Fidelis Nwankwo has debunked the rumors of unidentified disease outbreak which is attributed to 19 deaths since 15th April 2015, out of 24 reported cases. He further provided insights on the causes of illness and sudden deaths in two communities of Irele, Local Government Area (LGA) in Ondo State of Nigeria. On 15th April when the disease was first reported, health officials from the Federal Ministry of Health…

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Implementing cervical cancer interventions key to save African women

13 April 2015

Implementing cervical cancer interventions key to save African women Brazzaville, 13 April 2015 - Cervical cancer continues to be a significant threat and demands urgent attention in the African Region. Cervical cancer is the most common of all cancers in Africa and affects the lower part of a woman’s womb. In 2012, over half a million new cases of cervical cancer were diagnosed worldwide with 1 in 5 being in sub-Saharan Africa. Most women in the African Region do not receive timely diagnosis or have access to treatments that…

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Dr Moeti: Strong health systems critical in addressing health threats in the African Region

08 April 2015

Dr Moeti: Strong health systems critical in addressing health threats in the African Region Brazzaville, 8 April 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has called on the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Republic of Congo to advocate with their national governments to strengthen health systems to be able to address the health challenges facing the African Region. She briefed the diplomats about the on-going Ebola epidemic in West Africa, current and emerging health threats in the WHO African Region, progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),…

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First Ebola Vaccine to Be Tested in Affected Communities One Year into Outbreak Ring Vaccination Starts in Coyah, Guinea

25 March 2015

Vaccination d’une proche de patient récemment infesté Conakry, 25 March, 2015 – The Guinean Government with the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the very first efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine this week in an affected community of the Basse-Guinée, one of the areas where most Ebola cases are found in the country. Ring vaccination tests of VSV-EBOV, a lead Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, received an excellent response from the community in a small village in the Coyah prefecture, where the…

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Children: the innocent victims of TB in vulnerable communities

20 March 2015

Children: the innocent victims of TB in vulnerable communities Each year on 24 March, WHO joins the rest of the international community to commemorate World TB Day. This year’s theme “Gear Up to End TB” is a continuation of the call to reach the missing cases, most of who live in the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, including those in the African Region.