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Boosting COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Nigeria

Abuja – With the slowing down of COVID-19 vaccine supplies to Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working with countries to optimize their available stocks to provide second doses for those who already received their first shots. In Nigeria’s capital Abuja, WHO is supporting the Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Development Board to ensure that all eligible people receive their second doses.

A goalkeeper fighting tobacco in Senegal

Lamine Thiare, a well-known goalkeeper in Senegal and across West Africa, always reminds the young players he coaches about the dangers of tobacco.  “If you want to have a long career in sport, do not smoke!”, he tells young players again and again

#SmokeFreeNollywood is fighting tobacco use in Nigerian films

Nigeria’s film industry, known as Nollywood, has been the world’s second-largest producer of films, behind India’s Bollywood. Around 2,000 films are made each year, and it employs an estimated one million people. It is the reach of Nigeria’s creativity through its films as well as its power to influence youths that triggered a campaign by the Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) calling for the removal of the harmful glamorization of smoking and tobacco use in films.

Surviving cancer and helping others stay healthy

Conakry – Kadiatou Diallo feared she would not survive surgery to treat her cancer after she was diagnosed with the disease 12 years ago. Care provided at West Africa’s flagship Francophone Regional Centre for Training and Prevention of Gynaecological Cancers in Guinea’s capital Conakry has seen the 52-year-old Kadiatou overcome the cancer. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, essential health services such as cancer care and prevention have been disrupted across many countries in Africa.

Curbing Ebola outbreak in Guinea

Huge efforts have been made to curb the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Building on experience and expertise gained in the 2014–2016 outbreak, Guinean health workers have been at the forefront of the response with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations.

Rolling out COVID-19 vaccines in Rwanda

Forty-eight hours after Rwanda received shipments of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinations began in earnest, with high-risk population given priority. The country plans to vaccinate a third of the population in 2021 and double that figure next year.

Test and treat: Eswatini cuts back HIV infections

Mbabane – Eswatini has made significant progress in combatting HIV, one of the leading causes of death in the country. With concerted efforts on testing and treatment, the country has achieved the global targets of ensuring that 95% of people living with HIV know their status, that 95% of them are receiving treatment and that 95% of those receiving treatment have their viral load suppressed. Eswatini has become the first country in Africa to reach these global HIV targets, a decade ahead of the 2030 deadline set by Member State.

Women at the forefront of Ebola response

Mbandaka - As the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Equateur province battled its 11th Ebola outbreak, women leaders were often at the forefront of the response, empowering other women with information on staying safe from Ebola.