Press releases

A new entity to accelerate the elimination of neglected tropical diseases in Africa

30 April 2015

A new entity to accelerate the elimination of neglected tropical diseases in Africa Johannesburg, 30 April 2015 - The World Health Organization is stepping up efforts to accelerate the elimination of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) in the African Region. Health experts, donors, development partners and affected countries have reached a consensus on the main components of the framework for establishing a new NTD entity. This entity will support and guide affected countries in the African region to accelerate the implementation of actions required to eliminate NTDs by 2020. The WHO Regional Director for…

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WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti concludes her visit to Liberia

24 April 2015

Courtesy call by Dr Moeti on President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Monrovia, 24 April 2015 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has wrapped up her 3 day official visit to Liberia with a courtesy call on the President of Liberia, Her Excellency, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Welcoming Dr Moeti, the President congratulated her for having been elected as Regional Director of WHO for the African Region. She also expressed her gratitude to WHO for being a good partner in health development and said that the organization has…

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Zambia’s First Lady launches African Vaccination Week in Lusaka

23 April 2015

Zambia’s First Lady, Mrs Esther Lungu administers oral polio vaccine to a baby at the AVW regional  launch in Lusaka Lusaka, 23 April, 2015 - The 5th regional launch of African Vaccination Week (AVW) 2015 took place in Lusaka, Zambia on Thursday, 23 April 2015 with the First Lady of Zambia, Mrs Esther Lungu kicking off the commemorations. She encouraged countries in Africa and immunization partners to make all efforts to reach the unreached children with vaccinations to avoid disease outbreaks and child mortality.

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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…