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31 Mar 2018 description

Eritrea launched the National Health Security Action Plan: 2017- 2021 at Asmara Palace on 27 March 2018. The Honorable Minister of Health, Ms Amina Nurhussien, launched the five year National Action Plan for health security. The function drew dignitaries from government, Honorable Ministers of the Government of State of Eritrea from various sectors, Ambassadors, and UN Agency Representatives.

19 Dec 2017 description

Asmara, 11 December 2017 - The time had come for WHO Eritrea Country office functional review exercise to be undertaken, starting from December 11, 2017. The six-day exercise was part of the WHO transformation agenda (2015-2020). The purpose of the functional review is to ensure the Country Office has adequate and appropriate workforce to support Eritrea’s health priorities. Eritrea WHO Country Office is the 15th to be reviewed among the 18 countries scheduled for this year.

16 Nov 2017 description

Abidjan, 16 November, 2017 - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that undernutrition is still persistent in the region and the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, launched today in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under five years old are overweight.

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

19 Aug 2016 description
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  1. The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.

27 Jun 2016 description

Disease epidemics result in substantial ill health and loss of lives and therefore pose a threat to global health security, undermine socio-economic lives and destabilize societies.

22 Jan 2016 description
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El Niño threatens at least 60 million people in high-risk developing countries, WHO says

Geneva, 22 January 2016—The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners predict a major global increase in health consequences of emergencies this year due to El Niño.

31 May 2015 description


Background on the humanitarian situation

19 Feb 2015 description

Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided

In this issue:

23 May 2013 description

22 mai 2013 -La Corne de l’Afrique connaît actuellement une flambée de poliovirus sauvage de type 1 (PVS1). Le 30 avril 2013, près de Dadaab, au Kenya, une fillette de 4 mois a présenté des symptômes de paralysie flasque aigüe (PFA). Deux contacts en bonne santé de l’enfant se sont révélés positifs pour le PVS1. Ce sont les premiers cas confirmés en laboratoire survenus au Kenya depuis juillet 2011. Les investigations concernant cette flambée se poursuivent. En outre, un cas dû au PVS1 a été confirmé à Banadir, en Somalie, le 9 mai 2013.

21 May 2013 description

22 MAY 2013 - The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). A four-month-old girl near Dadaab, Kenya, developed symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) on 30 April 2013. Two healthy contacts of the child tested positive for WPV1. They are the first laboratory confirmed cases in Kenya since July 2011. Investigation into this outbreak is ongoing. In addition, a case of WPV1 in Banadir, Somalia was confirmed on 9 May 2013.

15 Apr 2013 description

Brazzaville, 11 avril 2013 – Du 22 au 28 avril 2013, les pays africains célébreront la troisième Semaine africaine de la vaccination (SAV), une initiative pilotée par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et mise en œuvre par les pays dans la Région africaine.

15 Apr 2013 description

Brazzaville, 15 April 2013-- From 22 to 28 April, African countries will celebrate the third African Vaccination Week (AVW), an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and implemented by countries in the region.

For seven days, all Member States of WHO in the African Region – island states, landlocked countries and those in coastal regions – will be busy organizing a range of activities including high-level immunization campaigns and public education and information-sharing events in observance of the third edition of the African Vaccination Week.

06 Jul 2012 description

On 16−19 May 2012, representatives of the regional health authorities in Italy and WHO assessed the facilities for both migrants and health services on the islands of Lampedusa and Linosa, the entry points to Europe for many migrants from North and sub-Saharan Africa. Here are the mission’s findings.

  • Improvement to the quality of, availability of and access to water and sanitation facilities, and infrastructure in general, is urgently needed.

19 Dec 2011 description

WHO/AFRO welcome preliminary results of malaria vaccine trials

The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa has welcomed the announcement that trials of a malaria candidate vaccine show promising results by providing protection against clinical malaria in children.

The results were announced at the Global Malaria Forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

09 Jul 2011 description

8 July 2011 -- The Horn of Africa is facing what has been described as the worst drought in over half a century. Around ten million people in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. In Somalia, where the drought is compounded by the escalating conflict, tens of thousands of people have fled to the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia and Kenya, where many of them are living in overcrowded camps without adequate health care, clean water or proper sanitation.

15 Dec 2009 description

Dans plusieurs pays la lutte antipaludique a progressé notablement, réduisant le fardeau de cette maladie.

15 DÉCEMBRE 2009 | GENÈVE -- Un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) révèle que, ces dernières années, il y a eu des progrès sensibles dans la distribution des moustiquaires et des traitements antipaludiques indispensables, mais que les programmes doivent étendre considérablement leur couverture pour atteindre les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

Le Rapport mondial sur le paludisme 2009 constate que …

15 Dec 2009 description

Significant progress has been made in delivering life saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Malaria Report 2009 found that the increase in international funding commitments (US$ 1.7 …

15 Dec 2009 description

Report shows dramatic scale-up of malaria control interventions in several countries, along with measurable reductions in malaria burden

15 DECEMBER 2009 | GENEVA - Significant progress has been made in delivering life-saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by WHO.

The World malaria report 2009 found that the …