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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO calls for equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

WHO and partners launched the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to speed up the development, production and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines

The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in Africa to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus. “It is clear that as the international…

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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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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 expresses concern over damage to Ebola treatment facilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Patients have been transferred to the Katwa transit centre, which WHO is expanding to house and treat these additional patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) is deeply concerned about the recent attacks on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-run Ebola treatment centres on 24 February in Katwa and on 27 February in Butembo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Such attacks are deplorable for their immediate impact on lives and…