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Timely outbreak response, enhanced surveillance halts wild poliovirus transmission in Southern Africa

To enhance polio surveillance, over the past two years, 15 new wastewater surveillance sites were established in the affected countries

Following thorough assessments in Malawi and Mozambique, an independent Polio Outbreak Response Assessment Team (OBRA) today recommended the closure of the wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) outbreak in Malawi and Mozambique, marking a significant milestone in the fight against polio in the African region. The last WPV1 case in the…

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Dr. Owen Kaluwa Assumes Office as World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Ethiopia

The Director General underscored WHO's substantial contributions to Ethiopia's healthcare system, emphasizing the anticipation surrounding Dr. Kaluwa's tenure

The recently designated World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Owen Laws Kaluwa, formally presented his credentials to H.E. Melaku Bedada, Director General of Protocol Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, marking the official commencement of his tenure in Ethiopia. Offering a warm…

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Over 50 million lives saved in Africa through expanded immunization programme

These achievements have been possible under the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI)

An estimated 51.2 million lives have been saved through vaccines in the African region over the past 50 years. For every infant life saved over that period, close to 60 years of life are lived, a new report by World Health Organization (WHO) finds. These achievements have been possible under…

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Eritrea Observed World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2024

This year’s theme is “Yes, we can end TB,” highlighting the need to ensure equitable access to prevention and care

World TB Day was commemorated on 24 March 2024 at Orotta Conference Hall in Asmara, capital city of Eritrea. This year’s theme is “Yes, we can end TB,” highlighting the need to ensure equitable access to prevention and care, in line with our drive towards the elimination of TB disease.…

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Nearly 10 000 children vaccinated as malaria vaccine rollout in Africa expands

A wider malaria vaccine rollout is underway this year in several African countries, with Cameroon being the first outside the malaria vaccine pilot programme to do so

Nearly 10 000 children in Burkina Faso and Cameroon have now received the RTS,S malaria vaccine since being introduced this year. A wider malaria vaccine rollout is underway this year in several African countries, with Cameroon being the first outside the malaria vaccine pilot programme to do so. Cameroon launched…

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World Health Organization (WHO) Certifies Cabo Verde as Malaria-Free, Marking a Historic Milestone in the Fight Against Malaria

A total of 43 countries and 1 territory have now been certified as malaria-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Cabo Verde as a malaria-free country, marking a significant achievement in global health. With this announcement, Cabo Verde joins the ranks of 43 countries and 1 territory that WHO has awarded this certification. Cabo Verde is the third country to be certified in…

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World Health Organization (WHO) recognition of noma as a neglected tropical disease bolsters control efforts

Noma is a rapidly progressing severe gangrenous disease of the mouth and the face

The landmark decision by World Health Organization (WHO) to recognize noma (cancrum oris) as one of the neglected tropical diseases will help boost efforts to end the devastating disease especially in the African region which bears the highest burden globally. Noma is a rapidly progressing severe gangrenous disease of the mouth…

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Senegal, World Health Organization (WHO) launch regional emergency hub to bolster Africa’s response to health crises

The goal of the regional emergency hubs is to substantially reduce – from an average of 45 days previously to three days – the time it takes to deliver life-saving, effective emergency response to countries

The Government of Senegal and World Health Organization (WHO) today inaugurated a regional health emergency hub in the Senegalese capital Dakar to further bolster the African region’s capacity to respond swiftly and effectively to health crises and save lives. Building on the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO in…

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Scaling up country support for neglected tropical diseases (NTD) eradication

NTDs impose a constant and heavy burden on the poorest, most marginalized, and isolated communities worldwide

In 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled the neglected tropical diseases (NTD) roadmap 2021-2030, initiating a decade dedicated on controlling, eliminating, and eradicating NTDs. The WHO Regional Office for Africa is stepping up support for countries on the implementation of the roadmap to bolster the fight against NTDs and…

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Tanzania integrates measles outbreak response with COVID-19 vaccination in Tanga region

With funding from Government of Canada through the Canada Grant for Vaccine Equity (Can GIVE), WHO and the government is sustaining the momentum for COVID-19 vaccination

Farida, 34, resident of Korowai DC, presented her 18 months old baby for vaccination. Habiba, was vaccinated with second dose of measles vaccine. With no hesitation, Farida also received a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccination having been vaccinated earlier this year. “Protecting my child against measles is a divine responsibility,”…