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The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes decision by Egypt to receive patients from Gaza Strip

WHO is also working with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society to ensure that psychological trauma support services are available to patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes Egypt’s decision to accept 81 injured and sick people from the Gaza Strip for treatment. WHO has been working to support the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population in planning and establishing a comprehensive triage, stabilization, and medical evacuation system, by providing ongoing training…

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Seven out of 10 people protected by at least one tobacco control measure

In the last 15 years since WHO’s MPOWER tobacco control measures were introduced globally, smoking rates have fallen

A new World Health Organization (WHO) report highlights that 5.6 billion people – 71% of the world’s population – are now protected with at least one best practice policy to help save lives from deadly tobacco – five times more than in 2007. In the last 15 years since WHO’s MPOWER tobacco…

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The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Launch a Health Security Partnership to Strengthen Disease Surveillance in Africa

Strengthened disease surveillance is a foundational requirement for health security

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) today launched a Health Security Partnership to Strengthen Disease Surveillance and Epidemic Intelligence in Africa. The partnership aims to strengthen Africa’s health security capabilities in the areas of biosecurity,…

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Disease Outbreak News: Marburg virus disease - Equatorial Guinea

WHO assesses the risk posed by the outbreak as high at the national level, moderate at the regional level and low at the global level

Situation at a glance  On 7 February 2023, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Equatorial Guinea reported the deaths of a number of individuals with suspected hemorrhagic fever. On 12 February 2023, one sample was confirmed positive for Marburg virus by real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), at the…

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World Health Organization (WHO) launches funding appeal to help a record number of people in complex, intersecting health emergencies

WHO’s Health Emergency Appeal 2023 calls for US$ 2.54 billion

WHO is launching its 2023 health emergency appeal today for US$ 2.54 billion to provide assistance to millions of people around the world facing health emergencies. The number of people in need of humanitarian relief has increased by almost a quarter compared to 2022, to a record 339 million. Currently,…

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WHO Unveils Action Plan to Address Findings of Independent Commission on DRC SEA Allegations

The plan outlines short-term actions focusing on the most urgent recommendations of the IC Report

WHO today published its Management Response Plan to address the findings of the Independent Commission (IC) on allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) during the response to the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following the issuing of the IC’s report on 28 September. “I am committed to ensuring that the suffering of the survivors and their families is the…

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Global Polio Eradication Initiative Applauds WHO African Region for Wild Polio-Free Certification

Support from national governments and global donors critical to the region’s success against wild polio and must continue to achieve a polio-free world

Today, the Africa Regional Certification Commission certified the WHO African Region as wild polio-free after four years without a case. With this historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the world’s population – are now free of the wild poliovirus, moving the world closer…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: WHO and European Union unite to fight a common enemy to humanity

This new collaboration between the European Union (EU) and WHO in Somalia is the result of a recently established bilateral coordination mechanism for COVID-19 response

The WHO country office and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Somalia have joined hands under a new collaboration in the country to strengthen operational response activities for COVID-19. The new collaboration aims to accelerate support for the frontline work of WHO in combating COVID-19 in a seemingly…

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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: Malaria case incidence declined by 30%, from 80 per 1000 population in 2000 to 57 per…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: WHO prepositions supplies to speed-up testing of suspected COVID-19 cases in South Sudan

The supplies delivered include 590 viral transport medium and personal protective equipment for sample collection

In a bid to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country, WHO in support of the Ministry of Health prepositioned COVID-19 supplies as part of the national COVID-19 preparedness and response plan to twenty different locations including Juba to collect samples, package and transport for testing in Juba. The…