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South Sudan set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states against Ebola

South Sudan is one of the three countries neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at very high risk of possible Ebola virus disease importation

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), DFID, GAVI vaccine alliance and other partners, is set to vaccinate targeted healthcare and frontline workers operating in high risk states bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against Ebola virus disease…

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With another Ebola Containment Effort Underway, New Report Tracks Progress Made by the WHO in the African Region in its Transformation Agenda

The report offers specific insights into the progress made in the key focus areas of the reforms: fostering pro-results organizational values; providing enhanced technical and operational support with a closer alignment to health priorities

Efforts to transform the WHO in the African Region to become the organization that staff and stakeholders want is making an impact to the health of people across the region. The strengthened realignment to health priorities and effective response to over 100 disease outbreaks and humanitarian disasters each year are…

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Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa

8th African Vaccination Week 23 to 29 April 2018

The World Health Organization in the African Region, in collaboration with UNICEF, African Union and other partners, today (April 23, 2018) launched the eighth African Vaccination Week (AVW). The week-long campaign from 23 to 29 April 2018 under the theme: ’Vaccines work, Do your part!,’  will raise awareness of the…

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New data from Africa allays fears of bowel obstruction from rotavirus vaccine

Seven countries in the WHO African Region using monovalent rotavirus vaccine participated in the evaluations, which enrolled a total of 1060 infants under one year old with intussusception

An evaluation carried out by the World Health Organization (WHO), US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and country partners shows that administering monovalent rotavirus vaccine to African infants does not increase the risk of intussusception above base line levels. Intussusception is a form of bowel obstruction in which a part…

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Nigeria battles its largest Lassa fever outbreak on record

The outbreak has affected 18 states since the first case was detected on 1 January 2018, resulting in 72 deaths caused by the acute viral haemorrhagic fever

Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak has reached record highs with 317 laboratory confirmed cases, according to figures released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) this week. Although endemic to the West African nation, Lassa fever has never reached this case count in Nigeria before. The number of confirmed cases…

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World Health Organization moves to contain Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak

Between 1 January and 4 February 2018, nearly 450 suspected cases were reported, of which 132 are laboratory confirmed Lassa fever

The World Health Organization is scaling up its response to an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, which has spread to 17 states and may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks. From the onset of the outbreak, WHO Nigeria deployed staff from the national and…

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World Health Organization supports the immunization of 1 million people against cholera in Zambia

Since the start of the current outbreak on 4 October 2017, the Ministry of Health reports that there have been a total of 2,672 cases, with Lusaka alone accounting for 2,558 cases

The Government of Zambia has launched a campaign on Wednesday (January 10) to vaccinate residents of Lusaka against cholera with support from the World Health Organization and partners. Two million doses of the oral cholera vaccine from the Gavi-funded global stockpile were delivered to the southern African country in January,…

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WHO helps Nigeria control cholera in Borno state

With support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the International Coordinating Group (ICG) provided 1.8 million OCV doses to immunize 900,000 people in two rounds between September and December

Nigeria has successfully contained a five-month cholera outbreak in conflict-affected Borno state, with support from the World Health Organization and other health partners. The Government announced the end of the outbreak on Thursday (December 21) after two weeks had passed with no new cases. “With the support of WHO and…

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WHO and partners respond to flood crises in the former Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile States of South Sudan

As part of the health cluster response, WHO delivered lifesaving medical supplies to the communities affected by the heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding

The World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Health and partners are scaling up the emergency response in the flood affected areas of Aweil West and Aweil North Counties of former Norther Bahr el Ghazal State, and Maban County of former Upper Nile State. As part of…

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Preventing spread of disease in wake of mudslides is vital, says WHO

Around 500 people are known to have died as a result of the flooding and mudslides that devastated whole communities in and around Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and hundreds more are still missing

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week’s mudslides and flooding in Freetown. The Organization is also working with partners to ensure ongoing health care for…