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Statement of the Nineteenth International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee Regarding the International Spread of Poliovirus

The low coverage with routine Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) vaccination in several countries neighboring DR Congo heightens the risk of international spread

The nineteenth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 27 November 2018 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference. The Emergency Committee reviewed the data on…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo begins first-ever multi-drug Ebola trial

It will form part of a multi-outbreak, multi-country study that was agreed to by partners under a World Health Organization (WHO) initiative

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today announced that a randomized control trial has begun to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of drugs used in the treatment of Ebola patients. The trial is the first-ever multi drug trial for an Ebola treatment. It will…

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World Health Organisation (WHO) condemns attacks on health care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Less than one week ago in Benghazi, Libya, an armed group attacked a specialized urology hospital in Benghazi

Despite international laws and UN Security Council resolutions condemning violence against health workers and medical facilities, attacks in the Eastern Mediterranean Region continue with disturbing regularity. More than 534 attacks on health care have been reported across six countries and territories in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in 323 days (1…

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WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018

To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease. For the second consecutive year, the…

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65th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean opens in Khartoum

The Regional Director outlines a new vision for WHO’s work in the Region: Health For All By All

Health ministers and high-level representatives of the 22 countries and territories of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, partner and civil society organizations will gather in Khartoum next week to attend the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, being hosted by the Government of Sudan, from 15…

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Zimbabwe to vaccinate 1.4 million people against cholera in Harare

The immunization drive is part of efforts to control a cholera outbreak, which was declared by the health authorities on 6 September 2018

The Government of Zimbabwe with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners is launching today an oral cholera vaccination (OCV) campaign to protect 1.4 million people at high risk of cholera in Harare. The immunization drive is part of efforts to control a cholera outbreak, which was…

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The Republic of Congo to vaccinate more than one million people against yellow fever

The immunization drive is a response to a laboratory-confirmed yellow fever case, which tested positive on 21 August 2018, after visiting a rural area

The Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners started today a vaccination campaign to control the spread of yellow fever in the port city of Pointe Noire and surrounding areas. More than 1 million people from nine months of age are expected to be…

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African Health Ministers Endorse Five-Year Plan to Improve Access to Medicines

The roadmap also highlights more responsible use of medicines, especially of antimicrobials, and better monitoring of access to medicines

Ministers of Health from the WHO African Region have endorsed proposals aimed at addressing the shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines. The Roadmap for access 2019-2023 - Comprehensive support for access to medicines and vaccines, sets out critical policies, actions and key deliverables to support countries improve access…

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African Health Ministers commit to ending cholera outbreaks by 2030

Cholera is a major global public health problem, but the burden and impact of the waterborne disease is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa

African Health Ministers have pledged to implement key strategies for ending cholera outbreaks in the African region by 2030. Forty-seven African countries adopted the Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control today (28 August) at the 68th session of the World Health Organization’s…

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Ebola Vaccination Begins in North Kivu

Work has begun to prepare ring vaccination in the Mangina health area, 30km from the town of Beni

The Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo today announced the launch of Ebola vaccinations for high risk populations in North Kivu province. The vaccinations have begun just one week after the announcement of a second outbreak of Ebola this year in the country. A total…