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Rwanda: Dr Kasonde Mwinga, New WHO Representative in Rwanda presents credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

The Minister accepted the credentials and welcomed Dr Mwinga to Rwanda

The newly appointed Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Republic of Rwanda, Dr Kasonde Mwinga, presented her credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Richard Sezibera, on the 22 of May 2019. The Minister accepted the credentials and welcomed Dr Mwinga to Rwanda.…

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New WHO Representative in Sierra Leone presents credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

This engagement now gives Mr Liyosi the official recognition by the government to represent the Organization in Sierra Leone

The newly appointed Representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr Evans Majani Liyosi, today 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Hon Nimatulai Bah Chang , in Freetown. This engagement now gives Mr Liyosi the official…

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Africa advances on goal of cervical cancer elimination across the continent

The disease kills 311 000 women a year worldwide and is the second most common cancer among women in the African region

The cervical cancer burden falls unequally on Africa, with 19 of the 20 most affected countries on this continent. The disease kills 311 000 women a year worldwide and is the second most common cancer among women in the African region. Yet, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and curable forms of cancers,…

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At least 188 676 people require health assistance after Cyclone Kenneth pummels north-eastern Mozambique

The cyclone struck populations already vulnerable due to a fragile health system and weak water and sanitation infrastructure

Cyclone Kenneth, the second category 3 cyclone to hit Mozambique within five weeks, brought widespread destruction and displacement and exacerbated health risks in the north-eastern province of Cabo Delgado after making landfall on 25 April. The cyclone struck populations already vulnerable due to a fragile health system and weak water and…

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The mobile phone app that discovers disease and saves lives in Africa

The system allows WHO and health ministries to monitor in real time the visits that people and caregivers make to the most remote areas and to make sure that people most in need are being reached

What if a mobile phone could prevent a health epidemic? It may sound like science fiction, but the World Health Organization's (WHO) Polio Geographic Information System (GIS) Technology is doing just that in 43 countries in Africa. The idea is simple: Health workers visit remote villages to check if local…

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Fast rollout of cholera vaccines for people in need in Mozambique

The oral cholera vaccines, donated by Gavi from the Global Cholera Vaccine Stockpile, arrived in Beira on Tuesday 2 April and, within 24 hours, began reaching people in need

The Ministry of Health in Mozambique has concluded a successful six-day emergency cholera vaccination campaign that reached more than 800 000 people in four districts affected by Cyclone Idai. The campaign was supported by around 1200 community volunteers and partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),…

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WHO scales up health response to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

To expand the emergency response, WHO has deployed experts, including epidemiologists, logisticians and disease-prevention experts, to build a 40-strong team

Today (April 1) the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, took a first-hand look at response efforts to save lives and protect health for the people in Beira, the city hardest hit by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. “The next few weeks are crucial and speed is of…

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Regional Director for the WHO African Region visits disaster zone

WHO is training 30 health workers on case management for cholera and on setting and monitoring standards and protocols in those centres

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, took a first-hand look at response efforts to save lives and protect health for the people in Beira, the city hardest hit by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. “The next few weeks are crucial and speed is of…

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WHO Africa Health Forum closes with a road map to achieving universal health cover-age and health security

Participants ranging from high-ranking government officials to youth representatives and from United Nations officials to private sector representatives came together

The second World Health Organization’s (WHO) Africa Health Forum culminated with a road map that governments in the region as well as partners should urgently implement to manage and mitigate Africa’s health needs.   Hosted by the Government of the Republic of Cabo Verde and WHO and seeking new ideas and challenging…

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Diseases cost the African Region $2.4 trillion a year, says WHO

WHO launches an investment case to achieve SDGs and universal health coverage in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 630 million years of healthy life were lost in 2015 due to the diseases afflicting the population across its 47 Member States in Africa, now amounting to a loss of more than 2.4 trillion international dollars ($) from the region’s gross domestic…