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Jul 12, 2021

COVID-19 cases in Africa to top 4 million, vaccine rollout underway

Brazzaville, 11 March 2021 – Africa is poised to surpass 4 million COVID-19 infections this week since the continent’s first confirmed case in February 2020.

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Jul 12, 2021

WHO supports Malawi with medicine for scabies and equipment worth close to 86 million kwacha to improve health data systems..

The World Health Organization Malawi Country Office has donated 38 000 bottles of medicines for treating scabies and assorted Information Communication Technology equipment to the Malawi Ministry of Health to improve its efficiency in health data systems.

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Jul 02, 2021

Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination gains pace, nearly 7 million doses given

Brazzaville, 18 March 2021 – Nearly 7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Africa, where after months of waiting on the side-lines for vaccines, many of the first wave of countries to start campaigns are rapidly vaccinating high-risk groups.

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Jul 01, 2021

Côte d'Ivoire eliminates sleeping sickness as a public health problem

Abidjan/Brazzaville – Côte d'Ivoire has successfully eliminated human African trypanosomiasis, also known as “sleeping sickness” as a public health problem, becoming the second African country after Togo to be validated by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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May 30, 2021

WHO urges equitable COVID-19 vaccine access to widen reach in Africa

Forty-four African countries have received vaccines through the COVAX Facility or through donations and bilateral agreements, and 32 of them have begun vaccinations. The COVAX Facility has supplied nearly 16 million doses to 28 countries since launching deliveries to the continent on 24 February.

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Apr 08, 2021

Less than 2% of world’s COVID-19 vaccines administered in Africa

Forty-five African countries have received vaccines, 43 of them have begun vaccinations and nearly 13 million of the 31.6 million doses delivered so far have been administered. The pace of vaccine rollout is, however, not uniform, with 93% of the doses given in 10 countries.

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Mar 30, 2021

Viral Facts Africa initiative to combat dangerous health misinformation

Viral Facts Africa will leverage the insights and reach of a unique network of 14 organizations to counter health misinformation as it spreads and to “inoculate” people against falsehoods.

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Jan 10, 2020

Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo measles outbreak top 6000

With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak.

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Dec 05, 2019

Measles vaccination drive launched, North Kivu targets 2.2 million children

Around 2.2 million children are to be vaccinated against measles in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where efforts are underway to curb the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak amid persistent insecurity.

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Dec 04, 2019

African island nations agree on consolidated medicines procurement

Five small African island countries today agreed on a joint strategy to procure drugs and vaccines in an approach meant to improve quality and supply as well as cut costs and boost health services.

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Nov 20, 2019

Weak vaccine-preventable disease surveillance could cost the African Region $22.4 billion over the next decade, WHO warns

In its newly launched Investment Case for Vaccine-Preventable Disease Surveillance in the African Region 2020-2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa highlights the drastic consequences that could be in store for the region if countries do not invest in disease...

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Oct 24, 2019

New milestone towards a polio-free world, but there is no time to relax

In another historic step for humanity towards a world free of polio, an independent commission of experts today certified – on World Polio Day – that the second of three types of the wild poliovirus had been eradicated globally...

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Sep 28, 2019

WHO and partners start an emergency measles vaccination campaign

With the world’s largest and fastest-moving measles epidemic continuing to expand throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Government with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners ...

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Aug 30, 2019

Gavi sets ambitious goal to immunize 300 million people by 2025

Vaccine Alliance launches US$ 7.4 billion fundraising drive to deliver the highest return on investment to date offering broad protection against 18 diseases, saving up to eight million lives from 2021-25 Developing countries set to make the largest investment...

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Aug 19, 2019

Ministerial gathering to shape Africa’s health agenda opens in Brazzaville

The 69th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa opened today in Brazzaville, with Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso calling for stronger health systems, concrete action on counterfeit medicine and universal access to health care...

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Jul 19, 2019

Renewed impetus to achieve universal access to immunization by 2030

As the Global Vaccine Action Plan GVAP) 2011-2020  nears its conclusion in 2020, a regional consultation was held this week by the WHO Regional Office for Africa to shape a new immunization strategy for the next decade with the aim that everyone, everywhere...

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May 23, 2019

African Parliamentarians commit to urgent action to increase immunization

The Pan-African Parliament has adopted a resolution on the establishment of an African Parliamentarian Caucus on Immunization, to drive forward the body’s commitment to ensuring that all children across the continent have access to the vaccines they need...

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