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Statement from Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, on Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Allegations in the North Kivu Ebola Response

I stand with anyone who has fallen victim to sexual violation during the Ebola response in the eastern DRC

The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers, who identified themselves as working for the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are deeply horrific and heartbreaking. All my life as a woman, doctor, leader, mother and health worker, I have fought…

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Noncommunicable diseases increase risk of dying from COVID-19 in Africa

In South Africa, which accounts for nearly half of all cases and deaths on the continent, 61% of the COVID-19 patients in hospitals had hypertension and 52% had diabetes

There is increasing evidence that Africans living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes are more likely to suffer severe cases of COVID-19 and die. In South Africa, which accounts for nearly half of all cases and deaths on the continent, 61% of the COVID-19 patients in hospitals…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 Genome Sequencing Laboratory Network Launches in Africa

Ongoing sequencing is already providing crucial information for determining the type of SARS-CoV-2 lineage circulating in some countries

With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: How Previous Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks Helped Uganda Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak

Years of investment in human resources, equipment and modest infrastructure came in handy when COVID-19 struck giving the country a reasonably decent response to the outbreak

For many public health workers in Uganda, responding to disease outbreaks of epidemic potential in not new. This is because the country has been in preparedness and response modes for quite some time and its disease outbreak system has regularly been tested over the years. Uganda has had four Ebola…

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WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19

The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group

Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (https://www.afro.who.int/), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, the Minister of Public Health of Niger, Hon Dr Idi Illiassou Mainassara and the Minister of Health of Rwanda, Hon Dr. Daniel Ngamije for an update on COVID-19. The media…

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WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19

The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group

Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (https://www.afro.who.int/), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and the Minister of Health of Rwanda, Dr. Daniel Ngamije for an update on COVID-19. The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group. Speakers include: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional…

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WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the COVID-19 in Africa

Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (www.afro.who.int), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the…

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Reminder: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 and health worker infections in Africa

Ask your questions to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) (https://www.afro.who.int/) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Ministers of Health of Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone and International Maternal Health & Midwifery Specialist from Ghana. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to…

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WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on health worker infections in Africa

Ask your questions to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) (afro.who.int) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, and International Maternal Health & Midwifery Specialist, Dr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the COVID-19 and health worker…

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REMINDER: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 and vaccine development in Africa

Ask your questions to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (www.afro.who.int), and the Principal Investigator of Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Trial in South Africa. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the COVID-19 and vaccine development in…