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Nigeria set to vaccinate 25 million people, its biggest yellow fever campaign ever

By early January 2018, a total of 358 suspected cases had been reported in 16 states, with 45 deaths

The Government of Nigeria will launch a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever on Thursday (January 25) with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. More than 25 million people will be vaccinated throughout 2018, in the largest yellow fever vaccination drive in the…

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Kenya: World Health Organization Statement on the Chikungunya Outbreak in Mombasa

The outbreak has affected all the six-sub counties namely, Mvita, Kisauni, Nyali, Changamwe, Jomvu and Likoni. Most cases are found on the island, Mvita

World Health Organization, WHO, is helping the government to contain an outbreak of Chikungunya in Mombasa following reports from clinicians of increased unknown febrile illness that presented with very high fever, joint pains and general body weakness. The tests were found malaria negative and sometimes dengue fever negative. The outbreak…

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World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros visits Kenya

His meeting with the President focused on implementing Universal Health Coverage and the President’s four priority areas of government delivery (Big Four) which include affordable healthcare, food security, affordable housing and manufacturing

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made his first official visit to Kenya this week to meet with a range of persons in Kenya on health and policy issues and the environment. He held a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, signed an agreement on health and environment between UN…

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WHO Director General Dr. Tedros visits Kenya

His short visit will include a courtesy call and meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Health Cabinet/Ministry, signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNEP, and a visit to Kiambu Hospital

The WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will make his first official visit to Kenya from today January 9-10. His short visit will include a courtesy call and meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Health Cabinet/Ministry, signing of a Memorandum of  Understanding (MOU) with UNEP, and a visit to Kiambu Hospital. The MOU will focus…

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World Health Organization Director-General: invest in health to end plague in Madagascar

WHO urgently requires an additional US$ 4 million to sustain response operations over the next three months and until April 2018

The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018.   "Madagascar can make plague epidemics a thing of the past through strategic investments in its health system – including better…

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Kenya meets Guinea Worm Free Certification Criteria

The team for evaluating the status of Guinea Worm Disease found no evidence of Guinea Worm transmission in the last three years

Kenya has met the criteria for Guinea worm free certification status, following a comprehensive evaluation in the country in the last two weeks by the International Certification Team (ICT).  The team for evaluating the status of Guinea Worm Disease found no evidence of Guinea Worm transmission in the last three…

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Uganda ends Marburg virus disease outbreak

Three people died over the course of the outbreak which affected two districts in eastern Uganda near the Kenyan border, Kween and Kapchorwa

Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected, the World Health Organization said on Friday (December 8).   “Uganda has led an exemplary response. Health authorities and partners, with the support of WHO, were able to detect…

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World Health Organization commends South African parliament decision to pass tax bill on sugary drinks

South Africa’s sugary drinks tax is scheduled to be implemented on 1 April 2018 and will lead to an estimated 11% increase in the price of a regular can of soft drink

The South African Parliament has taken a brave and powerful step towards promoting the health of the country’s citizens and reducing diet-related noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, by passing a bill yesterday to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, according to Dr Rufaro Chatora, WHO’s Representative to South Africa.…

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Kenya’s chance for Guinea Worm free status

Seven countries in AFRO region remain to be certified including four endemic countries - South Sudan, Mali, Ethiopia and Chad

Kenya may be certified Guinea Worm free if the country meets the requirements set by the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm) Eradication (ICCDE). A team of eminent local and international experts have arrived in the country and will for the next two weeks evaluate selected counties…

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Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, for World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) in the African Region has made the fight against antibiotic resistance a top health priority

Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, for World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13-19 November 2017: The World Health Organization will join the global community to commemorate World Antibiotics Awareness Week from 13-19 November 2017. The theme this year is “Seek advice from a qualified health professional…