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Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

AU congratulates Dr Tedros Adhanom on historic win as first WHO Director-General from Africa

The AU Commission Chairperson also thanks African Ministers of health for their united and steadfast support for Dr Tedros during the campaign

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, warmly congratulates Dr Tedros Adhanom on his election as the first ever Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from the African region. “The world has chosen a consummate global health statesman with a strong track record of…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

World Health Assembly Elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as New WHO Director-General

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017.

Today the Members States of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.   Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Prior to his election as WHO’s next…

Source: GE |

GE joins Women in Global Health Movement to celebrate exemplary women leaders in global healthcare

WGH is a movement that strives for greater gender equality in global health, and is dedicated to empowering female leaders of today and improving the global health of tomorrow

The Women in Global Health (WGH) Movement honored Kenya’s Mercy Owuor of Lwala Community Alliance alongside 12 other women at the movement’s “Heroines of Health” gala event that took place last evening in the Swiss Capital Geneva, on the margins of the ongoing World Health Assembly. WGH is a movement…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Measles vaccination campaign launched in Mogadishu

Since the beginning of the year, Somalia has recorded 7694 suspected cases of measles, of which 1989 cases (26%) were reported from Banadir region

The World Health Organization with the Federal Government of Somalia and UNICEF launched a preventative measles vaccination campaign yesterday targeting 125 000 children aged 6 to 59 months from communities of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Banadir and Afgoye. The campaign was launched by the Deputy Mayor of Mogadishu, Director-General…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Niger: Doctors Without Borders Supports Vaccination Campaign Against Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

The outbreak is affecting regions throughout the country, though the majority of the 3,037 recorded cases and 179 deaths between January 1 and May 7 occurred in the western part of the country

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has deployed several emergency teams to Niger to contain a meningitis outbreak that has killed 179 people since the beginning of the year. Working closely with Niger’s Ministry of Public Health, MSF teams have vaccinated more than 358,800 people in the most affected areas…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

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…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

Gender Based Violence (GBV) Multi-sectoral Coordination in Libya

UNFPA, United Nation Fund for Population, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and IFRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, have jointly organized a training on “Gender Based Violence Multi-Sectoral Coordination in Libya” during the period 14th to 18th of May 2017. The overall objective of the training…

Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

African Ambassadors Urge Support for Dr Tedros Adhanom, the African Union-Endorsed Candidate for World Health Organization Director-General

Statement from the Permanent Delegation of the African Union to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva

African ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva today reiterated their support for Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to become the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and urged other regional country groups and WHO Member States to support his candidacy. Dr Tedros has been endorsed by the African…

Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA)
Source: Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) |

The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) brings one of the world’s biggest killers, schistosomiasis, to the attention of the G20 Health Ministers in Berlin

#MakingSchistory: Wormzilla makes a splash in Berlin

#MakingSchistory: A giant worm in the Humboldthafen, Berlin, represents the parasitic worm of schistosomiasis that causes suffering to millions around the world. Its impact is second only to malaria. To bring the devastating disease, schistosomiasis, to the attention of Health Ministers worldwide, the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance (GSA) (www.EliminateSchisto.org) has positioned…