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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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Coronavirus - Mauritius : Launching of Mauritius National Health Sector Strategic Plan by Prime Minister

The Prime Minister highlighted that past investment in health care is now bringing rewarding dividend

Hon. Prime Minister of the Republic of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth launched the National Health Sector Strategic Plan (HSSP) 2020-2024 on 12 August 2020 at the Hennessy Park Hotel, Ebene, Mauritius in the presence of eminent personalities including Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. S. Obeegadoo, Dr Hon. Kailash Kumar Jagutpal, Minister…

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Weak Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance Could Cost the African Region $22.4 billion over the next decade, World Health Organization (WHO) Warns

Vaccine-preventable disease (VPD) surveillance is a critical component of the integrated disease control strategies and an effective way to detect and respond early to outbreaks

In its newly launched Investment Case for Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance in the African Region, 2020-2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa’s highlights the drastic consequences that could be in store for the region, if countries do not invest in disease surveillance efforts – including a US$22.4 billion economic burden…

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Ethiopia launches investment case for noncommunicable diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are presumed to be significant threats to the national health and economic development of Ethiopia

On 5 September 2019, Ethiopia disseminates the results of a case report for Investment in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): a cost-benefit analysis including considerations on the impact of khat. The dissemination workshop took place at Jupiter International Hotel, Addis Ababa with the presence H.E Dr. Amir Aman,…

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Strategic plan to reduce malnutrition in Africa adopted by WHO Member States

The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 181 million in 2010 to almost 222 million in 2016

A strategic plan to reduce the double burden of malnutrition in the African Region was adopted at the 69th Regional Committee meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the African Region today. “The plan outlines the urgent and accelerated action that we must take if we are to meet…

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As risks of outbreaks grow, African health ministers agree to new response strategy

The new strategy aims to ensure that countries can cope with major outbreaks and other health emergencies

With an acute public health event reported every four days on the continent, it is more important than ever before for African countries to be able to respond to health emergencies. African health ministers today adopted a 10-year regional strategy that aims to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response and…

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Ministerial gathering to shape Africa’s health agenda opens in Brazzaville

Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa

The 69th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa opened today in Brazzaville, with Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso calling for stronger health systems, concrete action on counterfeit medicine and universal access to health care. The Congolese leader drew attention to ongoing health development initiatives in his…

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Ministry of Health and Partners Commit to Improving the Quality of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health Services in Uganda

Better accountability and coordination for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) – progress towards ending preventable maternal, perinatal and child deaths

The Ministry of Health (MoH) convened the Third Annual National Assembly on Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Services where government and partners committed to scaling up RMNCAH services to reach the most vulnerable populations. Held under the theme- ‘Better accountability and coordination for RMNCAH – progress towards ending…

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Investment on tobacco control has a financial return of eight times over 15 years for Cabo Verde economy

These data was revealed by a new study launched today that looks at the health and economic costs of tobacco use in Cabo Verde

Tobacco-related illnesses cost over 100 lives lost every year in Cabo Verde, as well as CVE 1.62 billion (approximately USD 16 million) to the national economy every year, equivalent to 1.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). These costs are due to health care expenditures and ‘hidden’ productivity losses…

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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…