End of year 2020
WHO calls for more funding to strengthen the response to a measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo cases surpass 6000, making it the world’s largest.
WHO scales up support to countries to swiftly detect, isolate and treat COVID-19 patients. Thirteen countries identified as priority due to trade and travel links with China.
The WHO Executive Board formally appoints Dr Matshidiso Moeti for a second term as Regional Director for WHO African Region.
Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana and Zambia license an Ebola vaccine, marking an important milestone in Ebola prevention and response.
Ethiopia passes landmark anti-tobacco legislation that introduces a mixed-excise system on cigarettes, including a 30% tax rate on cigarette production and an additional tax on each pack of cigarettes sold.
Algeria confirms its first COVDI-19 cases, also becoming the first country to do so in WHO African Region.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa and the UN Volunteers Programme partner launch the Africa Young Women Health Champions to recruit 100 early to middle career women professionals across the African region.
Ministers of Health from the South African Development Community agree to coordinate response efforts and share information for a harmonized COVID-19 response.
A Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, the second in almost 50 years, ends. The virus infected 21 people and claimed two lives.
The WHO Regional Office for Africa hosts a hackathon with 100 innovators from across sub-Saharan Africa to pioneer creative local solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and address gaps in the regional response.
COVID-19 cases in Africa surpass 10 000, with more than 500 deaths. Infections continue to spread to more countries and to regions beyond capital cities.
First UN solidarity flight delivers vital COVID-19 medical supplies to all African countries where supplies are desperately needed to contain the spread of the virus.
National regulatory authorities and ethics committees from across Africa agree to combine expertise to expedite clinical trial reviews and approvals for new multinational preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic COVID-19 interventions.
Around 275 000 children receive the first dose of malaria vaccine in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi a year after it was piloted in the three countries.
As several African countries begin easing lockdown measures, WHO urges caution and issues guidance to encourage a gradual adjustment of public health and social measures.
WHO encourages innovations for potential COVID-19 treatments using traditional medicines, while ensuring efficacy and safety are established through rigorous clinical trials.
African innovators step up support to the continent’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic, collaborating with WHO to develop solutions to help contain the virus.
COVID-19 spreads to all African countries, with more than 10 000 cases and 3100 deaths across the continent.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo declares a new Ebola outbreak in the western Equateur province as another outbreak in the eastern region enters its final phase.
A network of responders from the WHO Polio Eradication Programme and partner organizations provide critical resources and skills to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, by supporting testing and contact tracing activities.
The Ebola outbreak in DRC’s eastern region, the country’s 10th and the second-deadliest in the world, is declared over 18 months since erupting.
WHO calls for equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines in Africa as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus.
WHO, Africa CDC launch an expert committee to provide independent scientific advice and support countries ensure safety, efficacy and quality of traditional medicines.
More than 10 000 health workers in 40 countries infected with COVID-19, highlighting the challenges medical staff on the frontlines of the pandemic face.
Amid COVID-19 challenges, Ethiopian health authorities vaccinate nearly 15 million children against measles, in an effort to maintain essential health services during the pandemic.
WHO deploys around 40 experts to South Africa to help bolster the country’s COVID-19 response.
COVID-19 cases surpass 1 million cases in Africa as the pandemic surges in several hotspots across the continent.
In a historic milestone, Africa is officially declared free of wild polio, only the second time a virus has been eliminated in the continent since smallpox 40 years ago.
Togo becomes the first country in Africa to eliminate sleeping sickness as a public health problem after 10 years with no recorded cases.
WHO celebrates the story of one woman from Guinea, who beat the disease at age 99.
WHO, Africa CDC launch a network of laboratories to reinforce COVID-19 genome sequencing in Africa.
A WHO, Africa CDC expert panel endorse a protocol for phase III clinical trials of COVID-19 herbal medicine.
Ministers of Health from seven small African island states sign an agreement to jointly procure drugs and vaccines in a bid to improve quality and access to medicines and other health products.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti expresses support for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, and a thorough inquiry into allegations of abuse by aid workers during the DRC’s North Kivu Ebola response.
The roll-out of new, antigen-based rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests to boost testing capacity in Africa.
A new WHO analysis finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has galvanized the development of more than 120 health technology innovations in Africa.
The Ebola outbreak in the western Equateur region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is declared over, nearly six months after the first cases were reported.
WHO and partners launch and online platform to promote information sharing across countries to strengthen national and regional health systems.
At the 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, health ministers across the continent stressed the need for strong COVID-19 responses, with high-level political commitment, solidarity, information-sharing, and research on traditional medicines remedies.
Eswatini becomes the first country in Africa to achieve the United Nations HIV target: 95% of people living with HIV know their status, 95% of them are on antiretroviral treatment, and 95% of those on treatment have a suppressed viral load.
WHO and partner organizations launch the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance to coordinate actions and pool resources in combating misinformation around COVID-19 and other health emergencies in Africa.