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COVID-19 burden lessens in Africa, vigilance crucial as year-end season begins

The continent recorded the four-week long rise until 20 November, but the number of new cases dropped slightly over the past two weeks ending on 2 December, breaking the upward trend

While Africa is witnessing its lowest level of new COVID-19 cases since the onset of the pandemic, a recent four-week rise—the first such sustained increase in four months—underscores the criticality of maintaining vigilance as the end-year holiday seasons sets in. The continent recorded the four-week long rise until 20 November,…

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Bolstering Africa’s health emergency readiness and response

The latest simulation took place against the backdrop of an ongoing Ebola outbreak in Uganda

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in partnership with Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, West African Health Organization, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UK Health Security Agency, Robert Koch Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today kicked off the region’s…

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Africa’s Advances in Maternal, Infant Mortality Face Setbacks: World Health Organisation (WHO) Report

In sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that 390 women will die in childbirth for every 100 000 live births by 2030, the Atlas 2022 reports

A slowdown in the progress made during the past decade against maternal and infant mortality is projected in the African region, a new World Health Organization (WHO) report released today finds. The Atlas of African Health Statistics 2022 assessed the nine targets related to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on…

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Guarding against antimicrobial resistance in Liberia

AMR is a major public health crisis across Africa

Soon after her emergency caesarean section procedure in 2021 in Phebe Hospital in Bong, Liberia, a young mother developed a far greater yet mystifying emergency: An infection developed where she had been cut during surgery to deliver her baby, and it was refusing to heal.  In her two years at…

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World Health Organization (WHO) steps up support to Uganda’s evolving Ebola outbreak as hope for vaccines increases

The aim of the randomized trial is to evaluate potentially efficacious candidate vaccines, and to possibly contribute to ending the ongoing outbreak and protect populations at risk in the future

As the first doses of candidate vaccines against the Sudan ebolavirus are expected to arrive in Uganda in the coming days, World Health Organization (WHO) is boosting efforts to support the government-led response against the outbreak which has now affected nine districts, including three complex urban environments. A WHO committee…

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African region tops world in undiagnosed diabetes: World Health Organization (WHO) analysis

In the region, only one in two people living with type 1 diabetes—the most common form of paediatric diabetes—has access to insulin treatment

Only 46% of people living with diabetes in the African region know their status, raising the risk of severe illness and death, potentially worsening the situation in the region which already has the world’s highest mortality rates due to the disease, a new analysis by World Health Organization (WHO) shows.…

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The greater Horn of Africa’s climate-related health crisis worsens as disease outbreaks surge

In most countries of the region, measles vaccination coverage is too low to prevent cases and all greater Horn of Africa countries have had to deal with measles outbreaks in 2022

New analysis by World Health Organization (WHO) has found that the number of reported disease outbreaks and climate-related health emergencies in the greater Horn Africa have reached their highest-ever level this century, deepening a health crisis in a region where 47 million people are already facing acute hunger. Most parts…

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Redefining Mental Healthcare in Ghana

In Ghana, there have been efforts by the government to improve mental healthcare services at all levels

Mental, neurological and substance use disorders account for more than 10% of the global disease burden. The lost productivity resulting from depression and anxiety, two of the most common mental disorders, cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year. In low- and middle-income countries, more than 75% of people…

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COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-Out Stagnates in Africa

The WHO analysis shows that the percentage of people with complete primary vaccination series has barely budged in 27 out of 54 African countries in the past two months

COVID-19 vaccination coverage has stagnated in half of African countries, while the number of doses administered monthly declined by over 50% between July and September, a World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds. Although Africa is far from reaching the year-end global target of protecting 70% of the population, modest progress…

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Are You Okay? - A Message from the World Health Organization Rwanda on Mental Health Day

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is "Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority”

There is no shortage of calamities that can affect our mental health and well-being. With a pandemic in its third year, a rise in climate disasters and uncertain economic times, the setbacks can often feel endless. No community is immune. This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is "Make…