Source: UN News |

Democratic Republic Congo: Conflict escalation linked to deadly Mpox threat

At least 25 million people have been caught up in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a neglected health emergency continues to unfold at an alarming rate, the UN health agency said on Friday

For decades, conflict in the mineral-rich eastern DRC has triggered alarming levels of violence, mass displacement, widespread disease, gender-based violence and severe mental trauma, explained Dr Adelheid Marschang, Senior Emergency Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO). Today, the vast central African nation now has the “highest number of people in…

Source: United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) |

Sudan: UN expert raises alarm at dire human rights situation

Sudan has been engulfed in a conflict since 15 April 2023 between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces, and their respective allied armed groups

Radhouane Nouicer, the Designated Expert on Sudan of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has sounded the alarm about the dire human rights situation in the country as the fighting spreads to new areas. “Since the start of this senseless conflict last year, the civilian population in Sudan has…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Angola |

World Health Organization (WHO) carries out mission to eradicate dracunculiasis in Angola

The Ministry of Health has implemented all the interventions recommended by the WHO, including community-based surveillance, vector control and the proactive trapping of domestic animals

Angola is one of five countries where dracunculiasis has not yet been eradicated. Between 2018 and 2020, human cases were identified in Cunene province, making the country endemic for this disease. Dracunculiasis is a parasitic disease caused by Dracunculus medinensis, a long white worm that can measure between 60 and…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Lesotho |

Establishment of Environmental Surveillance in Lesotho

Environmental Surveillance is the regular collection of sewage or wastewater that is contaminated with human faecal matter and testing the samples for the presence or absence of poliovirus

To improve the sensitivity of polio detection and response, the Ministry of Health with technical support from the World Health Organisation(WHO), recently established established Environmental Surveillance(ES) for the country. Environmental Surveillance is the regular collection of sewage or wastewater that is contaminated with human faecal matter and testing the samples…

World Health Organization (WHO) - Namibia
  • Multimedia content

  • Images (1)
    • Hon. Dr Kalumbi Shangula, Minister of Health and Social Services and Dr Richard Banda WHO Representative to Namibia
  • All (1)
Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Namibia |

The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Namibia courtesy visit to the Minister of Health and Social Services

The meeting aimed to cement the existing partnership between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and WHO under the new leadership and affirm commitments to ensuring health for all

On 20 June 2024, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Namibia, Dr. Richard Banda paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Health and Social Services, Honorable Dr. Kalumbi Shangula. The meeting aimed to cement the existing partnership between the Ministry of Health and Social Services and WHO under…

World Health Organization - Uganda
Source: World Health Organization - Uganda |

Uganda: Fighting Anthrax through mindset change on health seeking behaviour

To boost the targeted engagements and promote health seeking from health facilities further, WHO mobilized and worked with survivors

In October and November 2023, Kyotera district, in southern Uganda, reported a ‘strange’ illness in different communities. Those who contracted the “illness” presented with blisters, fever, rashes, headache, muscle pain and swelling of limbs. In total,  75 people contracted the disease (17 confirmed, 07 probable, 51 suspected) and 13 lost…

The World Bank Group
  • Multimedia content

  • Images (1)
    • Outside view of the Kati Koko II Community Health Center, Kati health district, Koulikoro region. Credit: Edmond Bagde Dingamhoudou / World Bank
  • All (1)
Source: The World Bank Group |

Between Poverty and Fragility: Affordable and Accessible Health Centers in Mali

PACSU, funded by the World Bank, the Global Financing Facility (GFF), and the Netherlands, aims to improve access to and quality of health services

The Accelerating Progress Toward Health Coverage Project (PACSU), funded by the World Bank, the Global Financing Facility (GFF), and the Netherlands, aims to improve access and quality of health services; As a result of the project, the quality of services increased from 37% to 81%, with availability of essential drugs reaching…

Merck Foundation
  • Multimedia content

  • Images (3)
    • Merck Foundation CEO announce Tanzanian winners of Merck Foundation 'More Than a Mother' & 'Diabetes&Hypertension' Media Awards 2023
    • Merck Foundation 'More Than a Mother' & 'Diabetes & Hypertension' Awards Ceremony 2023 (1)
    • Merck Foundation 'More Than a Mother' & 'Diabetes & Hypertension' Awards Ceremony 2023 (2)
  • All (3)
Source: Merck Foundation |

Merck Foundation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) announce Tanzanian winners of their Media Awards to break Infertility Stigma, Support Girl Education and Diabetes- Hypertension awareness

Merck Foundation is additionally rewarding the winners by providing them with one year access of an online educational training program called ‘MasterClass’

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) , the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the Winners of Merck Foundation Africa Media Recognition “More Than a Mother” Awards 2023 and “Diabetes and Hypertension” Awards 2023 from Tanzania. Winners from the rest of the Africa were also announced, in partnership with African First Ladies,…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Lesotho |

12,447 Children Reached With Measles-Rubella Vaccine during Africa Vaccination Week

The objectives of this vaccination campaign were; to develop district and health facility micro-plans, and mobilize all communities to vaccinate all unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children

To catch up with the unvaccinated (zero-dose), and under-vaccinated children, the Ministry of Health with support from the World Health Organisation, (WHO) implemented a catch-up vaccination campaign from 29 April to 4th May in all 10 districts. The catch-up vaccination campaign recorded a high turnout in many communities with 12,447…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Lesotho |

3,455 Community Leaders, Village Health Workers Trained on Event-Based Surveillance

These events could range from disease outbreaks to environmental disasters and other health-related incidents

Maseru-To address the delays in detecting and responding to health threats, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently conducted an event-based surveillance training for 3, 455 community leaders and village health workers in Mohales Hoek, Butha Buthe, Qachas Nek, and Thaba Tseka Districts. Event-based surveillance involves systematically collecting, monitoring, and assessing…