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Malawi convenes Cholera outbreak review

The AAR presents an opportunity to share lessons, challenges and best practices demonstrated by the response for continued improvement of outbreak management

On August 16, 2023, the Ministry of Health declared Malawi’s biggest Cholera outbreak in history as a no longer a public health emergency. In line with the World Health Organization African guidelines on the aftermath of an outbreak, the Ministry of Health has convened After Action Review AAR meetings at…

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Off-track cervical cancer progress risks 70,000 deaths every year in Africa

Currently, 26 countries in the African region have introduced the human papilloma virus vaccine and only 31% of girls by the age of 15 received the first of the vaccine in the region in 2022

About 70 000 cervical cancer deaths could be averted annually in the African region if the efforts to end the disease by 2030 are urgently stepped up to ensure increased access to critical services for timely detection, care and prevention. Health leaders and donors meeting for the Seventy-third session of…

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Health leaders vow to enhance response as Africa marks a year without wild polio detection

The region’s last confirmed case of wild poliovirus, linked to a strain circulating in Pakistan, was reported in August 2022 in Mozambique’s Tete province

As the African region marks one year since the last confirmed detection of wild poliovirus type 1, Ministers of Health and other health leaders gathering for the Seventy-third session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa today pledged to intensify efforts to end all forms of the…

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Funding crisis threatens Africa’s fight against neglected tropical diseases

The economic cost of neglected tropical diseases is high for affected families

With chronic underfunding threatening Africa’s fight to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases, health officials and donors meeting for the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa have called for increased investments to end the neglected illnesses that affect nearly 400 million people in the region. This year, around…

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African health ministers mobilize against dangerous threat of antimicrobial resistance

Globally, around 10 million people – including 4.1 million in the African region – are projected to die of antimicrobial resistance by 2050

African health ministers today endorsed a regional strategy to ramp up action against antimicrobial resistance, which is estimated to have directly contributed to 1.27 million deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2019. The region faces a high burden of antimicrobial resistance, which occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over…

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African health ministers kick off region’s flagship health meeting

The meeting will focus on a range of strategies to bolster health systems, enhance readiness and response to health emergencies

African health ministers and government representatives today opened the Seventy-third session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa to discuss and agree on key measures to address the region’s health challenges, advance and promote good health and well-being. The annual gathering – WHO Africa’s highest decision-making body…

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World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates inaugural Mwele Malecela Mentorship Programme recipients

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, announced the opening of applications for the new programme in honour of Dr Mwele Malecela, who passed away last year

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa this week inaugurated the first cohort of candidates of the Mwele Malecela Mentorship (MMM) Programme for Women in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), established in 2022 in honour of the visionary behind the 2030 WHO road map for NTDs, and one of Africa’s most respected scientists. WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, announced the opening of applications for the…

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Mauritius is first in Africa to adopt WHO full-scale tobacco control measures

The African region is expected to be home to more than 50 million smokers by 2025 unless more is done urgently to halt the tobacco epidemic

Mauritius has become the first African country to fully implement the entire World Health Organization’s (WHO) package of tobacco control measures aimed at reducing tobacco use and reducing related deaths. The WHO tobacco control package, called MPOWER Package, is a set of six measures to help countries monitor tobacco use…

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Consultation on Align and stimulation Investment to address Health Workforce Challenges in Africa

The Charter sets out to mitigate this challenge by enabling strategic investment in health workforce education and employment creation

As part of initiatives to address health workforce challenges that hamper the African Region, the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with partners and Member States, has developed a draft “African health workforce investment charter” that will help to align and stimulate investments to halve inequities in access to health…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Uganda Country Office in charity drive

The drive targeted two charity homes caring for and rehabilitating orphans and vulnerable children to benefit from assorted care packages that included foodstuffs, personal care items, household items and toys, for the children and their care givers

As part of the yearlong celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) and commemorate the 2023 World Health Day, staff members at the Uganda Country Office organised a charity drive to support vulnerable children and bring smiles to at least 75 faces. The drive targeted…