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Strengthening regional cooperation for promoting urban health in Africa

Ten African cities came together in the city of Addis Ababa from the 27-29 August 2019, for the first Africa Regional workshop

With over half of the global population now living in urban settings, cities and their leaders play a critical role in developing, implementing and enforcing policies to create healthy environments for populations. Their engagement is especially critical for tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, which together kill almost 46 million…

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Ethiopia launches investment case for noncommunicable diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are presumed to be significant threats to the national health and economic development of Ethiopia

On 5 September 2019, Ethiopia disseminates the results of a case report for Investment in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): a cost-benefit analysis including considerations on the impact of khat. The dissemination workshop took place at Jupiter International Hotel, Addis Ababa with the presence H.E Dr. Amir Aman,…

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Ministry of Health and Partners Commit to Improving the Quality of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child, and Adolescent Health Services in Uganda

Better accountability and coordination for Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) – progress towards ending preventable maternal, perinatal and child deaths

The Ministry of Health (MoH) convened the Third Annual National Assembly on Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Services where government and partners committed to scaling up RMNCAH services to reach the most vulnerable populations. Held under the theme- ‘Better accountability and coordination for RMNCAH – progress towards ending…

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Investment on tobacco control has a financial return of eight times over 15 years for Cabo Verde economy

These data was revealed by a new study launched today that looks at the health and economic costs of tobacco use in Cabo Verde

Tobacco-related illnesses cost over 100 lives lost every year in Cabo Verde, as well as CVE 1.62 billion (approximately USD 16 million) to the national economy every year, equivalent to 1.1% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). These costs are due to health care expenditures and ‘hidden’ productivity losses…

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Strategies to reverse tobacco usage in Africa in the spotlight

The rate of tobacco use in Africa is projected to rise if no interventions are put in place

Tobacco is one of the leading causes of morbidity worldwide, and with almost a fifth of the people in Africa – about 94 million people - using tobacco products, the World Health Organization, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners met recently to discuss strategies aimed at stopping…

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Building resilience and peace in resource-scarce Darfur

Like many Darfuris, Aziza, 52, has lived for decades in a fragile environment, characterized by growing climatic variability and periods of shortage

Four years ago, Aziza Mohammed Abdallah Mukhtar was scraping a living growing tobacco in the community of Zamzam in Sudan’s arid North Darfur State. Like many Darfuris, Aziza, 52, has lived for decades in a fragile environment, characterized by growing climatic variability and periods of shortage. Her crops took seven…

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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Reviews the Report of Mauritius

Committee Experts congratulated Mauritius on the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice of 25 February 2019 concerning the right of return of the Chagos islanders

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concluded today the consideration of the fifth periodic report of Mauritius on measures taken to implement the provisions of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Introducing the report, Maneesh Gobin, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Human Rights and…

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Message of the Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, on the occasion of the World Cancer Day 2019

If current trends are maintained, the cancer burden in Africa is projected to double from 1,055,172 new cancer cases in 2018 to 2,123,245 cancercases by 2040

Message of the Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, on the occasion of the World Cancer Day 2019: On 4 February 2019, we commemorate World Cancer Day under the theme: “I am and I will”. This theme was chosen as a reminder of the important actions that we can – and…

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Ten threats to global health in 2019

Ten health issues WHO will tackle this year

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.    To address these and other…

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South African Revenue Service (SARS),Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) and Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) commit to combatting illicit trade in cigarette and tobacco products

The two associations also committed to ensuring that their members fully comply with the relevant legislation at all times

The South African Revenue Service (SARS)  met with the Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa (TISA) and the Fair-trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) on 15 August 2018 at the SARS Head Office in order to discuss and agree on collaboration among them to combat illicit trade in cigarette and all tobacco…