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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths, agencies warn

In May, initial modelling by Johns Hopkins University showed that almost 6,000 additional children could die per day due to disruptions due to COVID-19

With the number of under-five deaths at an all-time recorded low of 5.2 million in 2019, disruptions in child and maternal health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at stake. The number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report 9 (29 April 2020)

As of 28 April 2020, a cumulative total of 22 376 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 899 deaths (case fatality ratio 4.0%) have been reported across the 45 affected countries in the region

A steady increase in the number of cases has been observed in the WHO African Region since the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported on 25 February 2020 in Algeria. All Member States have since been affected, with the exemption of Comoros and Lesotho where there have…

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Coronavirus - Africa: The potential impact of health service disruptions on the burden of malaria: a modelling analysis for countries in sub-Saharan Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a new threat to malaria service delivery

Background Since 2000, the world has seen unprecedented progress against the burden of malaria following massive investments in providing effective prevention and treatment interventions to populations at risk in malaria-endemic countries. Download Report: https://bit.ly/2Y2DFYc Malaria case incidence declined by 30%, from 80 per 1000 population in 2000 to 57 per…

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Ten African countries endorse cross-border collaboration framework on Ebola outbreak preparedness and response

Representatives of the Member States agreed to strengthen mechanisms for the exchange of timely and accurate information on Ebola preparedness

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its nine neighbouring countries today, during a meeting of ministers, senior health and immigration officials and partners in Goma, endorsed a joint framework to strengthen cross-border collaboration on preparedness and response to Ebola virus and other disease outbreaks. Representatives of the 10…

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Statement of the Nineteenth International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus

The low coverage with routine Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) vaccination in several countries neighboring DR Congo heightens the risk of international spread

The nineteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 27 November 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on…

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World Health Organisation Director General: Republic of Congo can transform its primary health care into a model for other nations

Regional experts have helped develop a national health plan, mobilized international resources, implemented priority programmes such as maternal, child and adolescent health, as well as immunization programmes

The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the Republic of Congo’s commitment to strengthening its health system through the primary health care approach, during a three-day visit to the Central African country, which ends on 27 July. “Primary health care is the foundation of universal health coverage,”…

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WHO declares an end to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested negative for the disease for the second time

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The announcement comes 42 days (two 21-day incubation cycles of the virus) after the last confirmed Ebola patient in the affected Bas-Uélé province tested…

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Address to the Seventieth World Health Assembly Geneva, Switzerland, 22 May 2017

By Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization: Madame President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,   I thank Member States for the trust shown when you appointed me as your Director-General more than ten years ago. I promised to work tirelessly, and…

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WHO Regional Director for Africa travels to Kinshasa to discuss Ebola outbreak response

The visit follows notification by the DRC Government of an outbreak of Ebola virus disease

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti today visited Kinshasa (DR Congo) to discuss with national authorities and partners ways to mount a rapid, effective and coherent response in order to stop the ongoing Ebola outbreak.   The visit follows notification by the DRC Government of an outbreak…

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From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

116 million children to be immunized from coast to coast across the continent, as regional emergency outbreak response intensifies

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.   The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented…