Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - South Sudan |

Reducing the risk of measles spread in South Sudan

To date, 3581 suspected measles cases have been reported, including 41 deaths in the country

In the morning hours of Thursday (19 January), Mr Adut Bullen Kot, brought his 3-year-old son to Yirol West County Hospital in Lakes state for measles vaccination. “I have seen a lot of children in the hospital suffering from measles. Today I brought my son to be vaccinated against measles…

Source: Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development: Republic of South Africa |

South Africa: Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development announces new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Gauteng

New cases of African Swine Fever detected in Gauteng province

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development would like to announce a new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) on a farm in Gauteng Province.  The farm has been put under quarantine and the Provincial Veterinary Services instituted forward and back-tracing investigations to identify any properties that could…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Nigeria |

Cervical Cancer - Early Detection Saves Lives

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer affecting women in Nigeria and the fourth most common cancer among women globally

It's 10 am on a Wednesday, and Ilemobayo Wuraola, a health worker, is holding a cervical cancer awareness talk for women attending the Family Planning (FP) clinic at Arakale health centre in Akure, Ondo State.  “Cervical cancer screening is importanct for early detection of the disease, and it is advisable…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Africa emerges from holiday travel season with low number of COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 vaccination remains critical in protecting against severe illness and death, as the virus remains in circulation and continues to mutate

Africa is emerging from the New Year travel season without a significant upsurge in COVID-19 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. A total of 20 552 new cases were recorded in the first three weeks of January 2023, a 97% slump compared with the same period…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - South Africa |

Working Together Towards Malaria Elimination

The purpose of the forum was to convene countries that are close to malaria elimination

Close to 100 participants representing countries and areas who are part of WHO’s Elimination-2025 initiative, WHO staff from the Headquarters, Regional Officers, and Country Offices, members of the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Malaria Elimination and Certification, as well as observers came together in Cape Town, South Africa during the…

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Towards Malaria Elimination: Strengthening the Quality of Malaria Diagnostic Services in Sao Tome and Principe

External Competency Assessment for Malaria Microscopists (ECAMM) Workshop - 09 to 20 January 2023

Malaria is a preventable, treatable, and curable disease. However, without prompt diagnosis and effective treatment, malaria can progress to a severe form of the disease and death. The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global burden of the disease, with 2021 hosting 95% of malaria cases…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Nigeria |

Nigerian laboratory recieves World Health Organization (WHO) full accrediatation for fight against measles and rubella

The ranking underlines that the laboratory operates with excellent technical performance, consistently achieving high scores on all WHO accreditation performance indicators

A Nigerian laboratory, the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL), Lagos, recently attained a World Health Organization (WHO) full laboratory accreditation status in respect of its contribution to the fight against measles and rubella in the country.  The CPHL is one of the laboratories under the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control…

Source: Parliament of the Republic of Uganda |

Uganda to manufacture anti-tick vaccines

Uganda is expected to start manufacturing the vaccines in about two years

The foot and mouth disease that has for long been a menace to farmers could soon be history as Uganda gets closer to producing its own vaccine. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries through the National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) is in advanced stages of establishing a local…

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Cholera: World Health Organization (WHO) supports Ebonyi State to curb the outbreak

Cholera is endemic in Nigeria with cases recorded yearly, mostly during the rainy season and more often in areas with unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

It was noon at a health facility in Amaozanu Community, located at Ishielu Local Government Area (LGA), Ebonyi state.  Lying on a bed at the cholera treatment unit (CTU) with a drip (intravenous fluid or IV) on his hand is Mr Onwe Godwin, a 56-year-old from Amuhu Village in Ishielu…

Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Elevating country preparedness and readiness at the core of the monkeypox (mpox) response in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

WHO has delivered much needed laboratory supplies, such as testing kits and reagents, and supported building the capacity of several national laboratories to enhance early detection

The spread of the mpox (monkeypox) outbreak has been limited in the Eastern Mediterranean Region with 10 countries reporting 80 laboratory-confirmed cases and one associated death, mostly correlated with a travel history to areas where the outbreak is steadily circulating. From the very inception of the mpox outbreak in the…