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Gambia: WHO and Ministry of Health discuss Programme Budget 2022-23

Deputizing for the Honourable Minister of Health, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry thanked WHO for the invaluable support it is rendering to the health sector

Following internal discussions and preparations, the WHO Country Office and the Ministry of Health held a fruitful meeting this morning to discuss and plan for the Pogramme Budget 2022-23.  The meeting was held at Ocean Bay Hotel and was attended by senior management and programme officers from both institutions. Deputizing…

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Coronavirus - African countries face high risk of COVID-19 resurgence

Three countries face very high risk of COVID-19 resurgence, 20 face high, 22 moderate risk, and only one country faces low risk, according to the risk assessment of 46 countries

The risk of COVID-19 resurgence remains high in several African countries due to poor adherence to public health measures, mass gatherings, low testing and vaccination rates, an analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown. Three countries face very high risk of COVID-19 resurgence, 20 face high, 22 moderate…

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The Gambia eliminates trachoma as a public health problem

Trachoma is a neglected tropical eye disease that mainly affects children, with infection less common with increasing age

The Gambia has successfully eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, becoming the third African country to be validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated the disease as a public health threat. Trachoma is a neglected tropical eye disease that mainly affects children, with infection less common…

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Coronavirus - The Gambia: Government and Stakeholder Take Stock of The Gambia’s COVID-19 Response

The review is aimed at improving the national response to COVID-19 and strengthen the capacity to effectively respond to any emergency

The Ministry of Health (MoH) and its stakeholders are conducting a national intra-action review of the COVID-19 response with the support of World Health Organization (WHO). The review will last six days, i.e., from 06 to 10 April 2021 and is held at Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara International Conference Centre.…

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Coronavirus - Gambia: His Excellency, President Adama Barrow gets his first shot of the COVAX Facility delivered vaccine, and says it is "safe and effective"

The Gambia has received thirty-six thousand (36,000) doses of AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX package

The President of The Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency (HE) Adama Barrow was the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine, launching the COVAX Vaccination rollout at the Statehouse in Banjul on 10th March 2021. This followed the  arrival of 36,000 doses of Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccines under the COVAX facility, which…

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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: Africa records over 500 000 COVID-19 cases

Cases have more than doubled in 22 countries in the region over the past month

COVID-19 infections in Africa today surpassed 500 000, and there is concern as a growing number of countries are experiencing a sharp rise in cases. So far, in less than five months, the virus has claimed 11 959 lives, overtaking the 11 308 lives lost in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West…

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WHO and the Principality of Monaco forge new ties to end malaria in Africa’s Sahel region

The partnership which was announced today at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, will see two million Euros disbursed over a five-year period

With 93% of all malaria deaths worldwide occurring in the African region, the Principality of Monaco and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa have forged a new partnership which aims to bring the continent a step closer to a malaria-free Africa. The partnership which was announced today…