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WHO AFRO to host the inaugural Africa Health Forum in Kigali, Rwanda

21 June 2017

Brazzaville, 21 June 2017 – For the first time, WHO’s Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is convening a meeting of global leaders and thinkers to explore Africa’s healthcare priorities and challenges and find new ways to achieve better health for all. The Africa Health Forum will take place in Kigali, Rwanda on 27 and 28 June 2017. Organised under the theme: “Putting People First: The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa”, the event will provide a platform to forge…

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In equatorial Congo, WHO and its partners respond to an Ebola outbreak

02 June 2017

In equatorial Congo, WHO and its partners respond to an Ebola outbreak In the tiny village of Gukpale, deep in the equatorial forests of Bas-Uele province in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a doctor from the Ministry of Health talks to a young man who has fallen ill.

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Accelerating the AIDS response in western and central Africa

31 May 2017

Accelerating the AIDS response in western and central Africa 31 May 2017 - Only 1.8 million people of the 6.5 million people living with HIV in western and central Africa were on antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2015. This 28% treatment coverage of people living with HIV in the region contrasts with the 54% coverage in eastern and southern Africa in the same year.

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New technology allows for rapid diagnosis of Ebola in Democratic Republic of the Congo

29 May 2017

A GeneXpert diagnostic testing set-up in the INRB lab in Kinshasa. This diagnostic tool was adapted during the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa to rapidly test for the disease. Results are ready in one hour. Photo: WHO/A. Clements-Hunt Laboratory testing of samples is essential to rapidly assess the scope and spread of any Ebola outbreak. Since the major outbreak in West Africa in 2014, an increasing number of diagnostic tools have become available to perform rapid initial testing of samples. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is using these new tools, as well as classic ones, to respond to an ongoing outbreak of the virus in a very remote area of the north east of the country.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo on Track with Its HIV Catch-Up Plan

23 May 2017

Photo: UNAIDS 22 May 2017: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s HIV catch-up plan shows that impressive results in the response to HIV can be made when partners work together.

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The Minister of Public Health on mission to Likati with WHO and UNICEF

18 May 2017

The Minister of Public Health on mission to Likati with WHO and UNICEF Kinshasa/Likati | 18 May 2017 – The Minister of Public Health, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, travelled on 17 May 2017 to the Likati health area in Aketi, Bas-Uélé Province, located more than 1300 kilometres from Kinshasa, in the Nord of DRC, to coordinate the response provided following the confirmation of the occurrence of the Ebola virus disease.

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DRC: Response to The Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Bas-Uele

17 May 2017

LIKATI: First joint visit of the Minister of Health and the WHO Representative to the epicentre of the Ebola virus disease outbreak. KINSHASA, 17 May 2017: From 17 to 18 May 2017, Dr Oly Ilunga Kalenga, Minister of Public Health, and Dr Allarangar Yokouidé, WHO Representative in the DRC, will carry out a first visit to assess the Ebola outbreak that has been reported in Nambwa, epicentre of the disease, in the Likati health district, Bas-Uélé Province, located over 1400…

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Kinshasa to discuss response to Ebola outbreak

13 May 2017

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti arrives in Kinshasa to discuss response to Ebola outbreak KINSHASA, 13 May 2017 - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti today visited Kinshasa (DR Congo) to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The visit follows notification by the DRC Government of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Likati health zone, Bas Uele Province, in the northern part of the country bordering Central African Republic.  The Likati health zone…