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WHO prequalifies Ebola vaccine, paving the way for its use in high-risk countries

12 November 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time, a critical step that will help speed up its licensing, access and roll-out in countries most at risk of Ebola outbreaks. This is the fastest vaccine prequalification process ever conducted by WHO. Prequalification means that the vaccine […]

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Burundi launches ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers

Bujumbura, 14 August 2019 – On 13th August, the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola vaccination campaign is part of Burundi’s preparation for […]

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Ebola response in Democratic Republic of the Congo risks slowdown

26 February, Geneva – WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today called on donors to continue funding the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or risk backsliding. There is an urgent need for US $148 million for all partners involved in the response to continue their work. So far, under […]

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South Sudan vaccinates health workers against Ebola

Yambio, 28 January 2019 – The Ministry of Health of South Sudan, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, today started vaccinating health workers and other front-line responders against Ebola as part of preparedness measures to fight […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

A friendly football match, Ebola, and infodemics

Editor’s Note: As the Democratic Republic of Congo works to curb an Ebola outbreak, Nigerians expressed strong reactions to the proposal of a friendly match on the 25th of May, 2018 between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Congo-Kinshasa of Democratic Republic of Congo. In this week’s Thought Leadership Piece, Dr Ibrahim Mamadu, an Epidemiologist […]

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Top Ten News Items On Health, 8th June 2018

WHO introduces 5 new Ebola drugs in DRC. Nigeria jacks up taxes on cigarette, alcohol. Buhari renews appointment of two CMDs. Remembering Babatunde Osotimehin. $40m needed to tackle Nigeria’s TB burden, says Health Minister. JOHESU strike: Nigerian govt moves to implement ‘no work, no pay’ rule. U.S. inaugurates $5.2m medical warehouse in Lagos. Cholera outbreak […]

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New Ebola outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo

This Press Release was originally published by the World Health Organisation: http://www.who.int/news-room/detail/08-05-2018-new-ebola-outbreak-declared-in-democratic-republic-of-the-congo  The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro in Equateur Province today (8 May). The outbreak declaration occurred after laboratory results confirmed two cases of EVD. The Ministry of Health of Democratic […]

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Ebola in Congo: Nigeria activates preparedness plan

On the 12 th of May 2017, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) received formal notification from the World Health Organization of an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As part of Nigeria’s immediate response, the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, issued a statement over the […]

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Africa Diaspora Health Thought Leadership Series

A tribute to a great Epidemiologist and a great friend of Africa

Editor’s note: Chikwe Ihekweazu was Curator of Nigeria Health Watch until he was appointed as Chief Executive of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, a role that obviously made it impossible for him to continue directing the editorial content of NHW. However, when he sent in this piece, although not directly related to health in […]

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One year later, 5 most important lessons from the Nigerian Ebola response

On October 20 2014, almost exactly one year ago, the World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free, 42 days after the last known case had occurred. At the time the world was in the grip of one of the largest and most terrifying public health disasters in generations. While not completely over, there are signs […]

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Health Watch Forum opens with a celebration of Nigerian heroes

In September 2014, the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone was getting worse by the day.  Nigeria had managed to successfully control an outbreak at home, but the rest of the continent was on edge and anxiety was sky high, especially following the few cases that had occurred in the West. Some projections […]

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Africa Events Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

A dialogue on Nigeria’s ‘role’ in the African Union’s response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak

At the height of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the three most affected West African countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the African Union, as the overarching body responsible for affairs on the continent, sent in what many have fondly termed its “foot soldiers” to help fight the disease and restore dignity, hope […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

As Liberia is declared Ebola free, can Nigeria do more to support its Neighbours?

As the Ebola outbreak is declared over, Chikwe Ihekweazu reflects on the two months that he spent supporting the outbreak response in Liberia and his hopes for a bright future of regional cooperation in West Africa. Thankfully, Liberia is on its way back. The Ebola outbreak has been declared over, and life is returning to […]

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Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series

Something to be proud of: Nigeria’s Role in the AU Response to the Ebola Outbreak

By  Chikwe Ihekweazu There is increasing optimism that we will get to the end of the Ebola epidemic that has so badly affected Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea over the past year. In the first week of April, the lowest number of cases (30) were reported since May 2014. While there may still be some […]