Commentaries

This World AIDS Day, December 1, the Government of Sweden, together with the regional offices of UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO, announces the start of a USD45 million Joint United Nations (UN) four-year Regional Programme to reduce unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), new HIV infections, maternal mortality and sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) across East and Southern Africa. Rooted in the spirit of UN reform and a commitment to Deliver as One, the new Joint…
WHO welcomes the contribution from the Government of the United States of America to significantly build upon their previous Ebola response in west Africa. The new commitment provides support to the United Nations and to other international partners to help the Governments of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal in their work to contain this outbreak. Read more
The 7th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa took place by teleconference on Thursday, 1 October 2015, and by electronic correspondence from 1-3 October 2015. As in previous meetings, the Committee’s role was to advise the WHO Director-General as to: whether the event continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International…
Brazzaville, 1 December 2016—The World Health Organization Regional Director for the Africa Region, Dr Matshidiso Moeti congratulates Dr John Nkengasong on his appointment as the first director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC). “I wish to warmly congratulate John for being selected to this important position to head Africa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Abeba, and I very much look forward to working with him to strengthen health systems in…
By Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and Dr. Ala Alwan, 19 February Africa has an incredible opportunity to provide a better life for each and every child – and we know exactly how to seize it: provide universal access to immunization across the continent to protect them from vaccine preventable diseases. We have seen the transformative impact of efforts to reach more children with life-saving vaccines. Child deaths in Africa fell by half over the past generation, in large part due to the use of …
West Africa is experiencing the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus. Over the past decade, research efforts have been invested into developing drugs and vaccines for Ebola…