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09 Dec 2017 description

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - Reproductive health and family planning experts have agreed to scale up access to quality family planning and improved reproductive health services for young people.

14 Feb 2017 description

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

10 Nov 2015 description

For a century, epidemics of meningococcal A meningitis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, have swept across 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa killing and disabling young people every year. The disease is highly feared on the continent; it can kill or cause severe brain damage within hours.

05 Jan 2015 description

Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. The WHO teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical training, for immediate emergency response and communication.

Mamo Jatta is a Regional Public Health and Surveillance Officer in The Gambia and, like many people living near Ebola affected countries, he is concerned the disease will enter his own country, “I recently visited the town where I grew up and wondered what would happen if Ebola were to hit us here, would we be ready for it?”

05 Jan 2015 description

Les pays d’Afrique s’emploient à améliorer leur préparation en cas de flambée d’Ebola. Les équipes de l’OMS ont procédé à des exercices de simulation dans les hôpitaux et dispensé une formation technique concernant l’intervention d’urgence et la communication.

01 May 2014 description

Brazzaville, 1 May 2014 -- Celebration of the African Vaccination Week (AVW) wrapped up in 15 of the 47 countries of the WHO African Region on Sunday 27 April. The celebration of the event is, however, continuing in the remaining 32 countries in the Region during the month of May 2014.

AVW 2014 was a week marked by round-table discussions, advocacy and social mobilization for immunization, training sessions, vaccination activities, and the delivery of life-saving interventions to millions of people around the continent

23 Mar 2012 description

A total of 6 634 cases and 646 deaths (CFR: 9.7%) were reported from 14 countries as at 11 March, 2012

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Between January and 11 march 2012, a total of 6 634 meningitis cases and 646 deaths have been reported from 14 countries resulting in a CFR of 9.7% (Figure 1). Twenty districts from 9 countries experienced menin-gitis outbreaks during the period under review as indicated in the map.

27 May 2010 description

Joint press release

NAIROBI, KENYA, 27, May 2010 - Government representatives from 20 African countries highly affected by HIV/AIDS gathered today in Nairobi to discuss ways to virtually eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015.

The three-day-consultation from 26 to 28 May is co-organized by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UN agencies, including UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO. Participants are exploring how to expand and strengthen services for pregnant women and increase treatment for infected mothers and children.

02 Sep 2009 description

Kigali, 2 September 2009 -- The World Health Organization has proposed measures for strengthening the capacity of Member States in the African Region for outbreak preparedness and response in the context of the current global Pandemic H1N1 2009.

The proposals are contained in a report presented by the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo, to the WHO Regional Committee for Africa taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

Among the measures suggested by Dr Sambo are mitigating the potential impact of the pandemic on populations and health systems; raising awareness of health issues …

11 Jun 2008 description

The World Health Organization has intensified its humanitarian relief work across the globe, launching 40% more emergency response operations and coordinating the work of multiple health players involved in crises.

These were among the messages discussed on 11 June during the WHO Humanitarian Forum 2008 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

25 Feb 2005 description

Joint News Release WHO/Rotary International/CDC/UNICEF

22-nation synchronized immunization campaign to reach 100 million children as virus spreads to Ethiopia

A mass polio immunization drive starting today across Africa gained greater urgency from reports that a child has contracted polio in Ethiopia, the first case there in four years.

The cross-continental drive - spanning 22 countries and reaching 100 million children - is the first in a series of 2005 campaigns to stamp out polio in Africa, which saw a fierce resurgence last year endangering global eradication efforts.