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WHO Director-General calls on world leaders to support Universal Health Coverage high-level meeting

I have just returned from a visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to review the response to the Ebola outbreak. I was reminded once again that Ebola is just one symptom of a deeper problem: when people don’t have access to health services, or those services are […]

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Statement by WHO Director-General on World Health Day 2019

WHO was born on 7 April 1948 with a clear and ambitious vision: a world in which all people enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. Although we have made enormous progress in recent years against some of the world’s leading causes of death and disease, we still have a lot of work to do […]

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1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services – UNICEF, WHO

3 APRIL 2019| GENEVA | NEW YORK –  One in four health care facilities around the world lacks basic water services, impacting over 2 billion people, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP). The WHO/UNICEF JMP report, WASH in Health Care […]

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Widely used malaria treatment to prevent malaria in pregnant women at risk of failing in areas where drug resistance is rising

LIVERPOOL – OXFORD, 25 March 2019 A global team of researchers, led by a team at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), are calling for a review of drug-based strategies used to prevent malaria infections in pregnant women, in areas where there is widespread resistance to existing antimalarial medicines. Professor Feiko ter Kuile, an […]

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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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Thought Leadership Series

Could a new typhoid vaccine end the most misdiagnosed disease in Nigeria?

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership on Health Series comes from Pharmacist and Public Health Specialist Chijioke Nwosu. He writes about the exciting release of a new typhoid vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation that could prevent typhoid fever in children and also reduce the misdiagnoses of fevers in Nigeria. -By Chijioke Nwosu “Typhoid […]

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A new Regional Director, Matshidiso Moeti, brings Hope to the World Health Organisation in Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently appointed Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti as the new Regional Director for WHO’s Africa Region (WHO AFRO) succeeding Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, who had served as Regional Director for the last 10 years. She is being thrown right in at the deep end with an ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus […]

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Spread of polio from Pakistan leads WHO to declare public health emergency; is Nigeria next?

In recent years, the threat of polio has risen in Pakistan, where Taliban militants have targeted health workers administering the vaccine. When the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, speaks about the violence in North East Nigeria, he often refers to Pakistan as a country facing a similar threat. As the violence escalates in NE Nigeria, and […]

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Rumors of Ebola in Nigeria: the blind leading the blind?

The piece below was contributed by Anja Choon, who is joining the Nigeria Health Watch Team. The Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa is currently (i.e. in March and April of 2014) in the news. The information one gets in Nigeria is however worryingly little and vague, sometimes simply false. As early as 22 […]