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Coronavirus - Africa: As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

The hungry are most numerous in Asia, but expanding fastest in Africa

Securing healthy diets for the billions who cannot afford them would save trillions in costs More people are going hungry, an annual study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world…

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Coronavirus - Africa: People living longer and healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens to throw progress off track

Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy have increased, but unequally

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals highlighted in the 2020 World Health Statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) today “The good news is that people around…

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Mauritius launched its ‘national roadmap framework’ in view of improving maternal, newborn and child health

The Roadmap aims at promoting a woman-centred as well as an evidence-based approach

Dr Bhoshan Ori, Director Health Services of the Ministry of Health and Wellness launched the National Roadmap Framework to Improve Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, developed in collaboration with WHO, at the Gold Crest Hotel in Quatre Bornes on 03 February 2020. The Roadmap aims at promoting a woman-centred as…

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Stronger focus on nutrition within health services could save 3.7 million lives by 2025

Essential health packages in all settings need to contain robust nutrition components

Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is  estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025. “In order to provide quality health…

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As Ebola cases reach 3000 in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WHO calls on all partners to fulfill promises to communities

With a population of 80 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has more than 4 million displaced and is home to the world’s second largest food crisis

As the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reaches 3000 cases, WHO calls for the full force of all partners to respond and increase their presence in the field to stop Ebola and to address one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world.…

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African health ministers agree to an all-fronts push to control the rise in vector-borne diseases

The framework on the implementation of the strategy is Africa’s first regional step since the World Health Assembly adoption of it to fill the missing link

With countries in Africa experiencing increased cases and deaths due to malaria and other vector-borne diseases, 47 health ministers endorsed the region’s first aggressive plan for vector control across the continent that recognizes the need for an all-fronts push on eliminating the disease transmitters. The plan, in the form of…

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WHO applauds Rwanda’s Ebola preparedness efforts

Rwanda has a detailed National Preparedness Plan in place and is training health workers in early detection and response

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today commended Rwanda on its ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts and confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been reported from the country to date. “Rwanda has been proactive and engaged in Ebola preparedness at all levels since the outbreak was declared almost one year ago…

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Ten threats to global health in 2019

Ten health issues WHO will tackle this year

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.    To address these and other…

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65th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean opens in Khartoum

The Regional Director outlines a new vision for WHO’s work in the Region: Health For All By All

Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 22 countries and territories of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, partner and civil society organizations will gather in Khartoum next week to attend the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, being hosted by the Government of Sudan, from 15…

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African Health Ministers Endorse Five-Year Plan to Improve Access to Medicines

The roadmap also highlights more responsible use of medicines, especially of antimicrobials, and better monitoring of access to medicines

Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region have endorsed proposals aimed at addressing the shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines. The Roadmap for access 2019-2023 - Comprehensive support for access to medicines and vaccines, sets out critical policies, actions and key deliverables to support countries improve access…