Press releases

World Health Day 2016: WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people with diabetes

06 April 2016

World Health Day 2016: WHO calls for global action to halt rise in and improve care for people with diabetes

Geneva6 April 2016 The number of people living with diabetes has almost quadrupled since 1980 to 422 million adults, with most living in developing countries. Factors driving this dramatic rise include overweight and obesity, WHO announced ahead of World Health Day.

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WHO Director-General and Regional Director for Africa on joint visit to Angola

05 April 2016

WHO Director-General and Regional Director for Africa on joint visit to Angola

Luanda, 5 April 2016 - The WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan and the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti are on a joint visit to Angola in support of the country’s effort to contain the further spread of a yellow outbreak.

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Director General of WHO and Regional Director for Africa in Luanda to support response to the yellow fever epidemic

02 April 2016

Dr Margaret Chan with Dr Luis Sambo, the Minister of Health of Angola; Dr Paolo Balladelli, UN Resident Coordinator in Angola and Dr Hernando Agudelo, WHO Representative in Angola

Luanda, 2 April 2016 - The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, and the Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, will be in Luanda, from 2 to 5 April 2016, for a working visit. The visit aims to acquaint them with ongoing efforts to prevent and control the yellow fever epidemic which has gripped the country since December 2015, and to identify ways of further strengthening support to Angola.

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Extraordinary Meeting of the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF)

01 April 2016

Brazzaville, Congo, 5-7 April, 2016
Creating a New vision and Blueprint for a strengthened AVAREF

Heads of National Regulatory Authorities and National Ethics Committees/Research Policy Departments and other regulatory experts from countries in the WHO African Region will meet in Brazzaville, Congo from 5-7 April, 2016 to prepare a new vision and blueprint for the African Vaccine Regulatory Forum (AVAREF).

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Guinea: Two (2) confirmed Ebola cases in Koropara village in Nzérékoré

18 March 2016

Guinea, (Nzérékoré), 18 March 2016 - Two cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) out of four suspected cases admitted at the Nzérékoré Ebola Treatment Centre have just been confirmed. All the cases are from the same family in Koropara Sous-préfecture in the south of Guinea.