Against the background of increased cross-border infection risks, the World Health Organization on Wednesday declared the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) – a decision that may help increase aid flows to the disease epicentre but also threaten free-wheeling patterns of […] Continue reading ->
Nairobi, Kenya – The World Health Organization has commended efforts by the government of Uganda for keeping the deadly Ebola virus from spreading eastwards into the country from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where a prolonged outbreak has claimed approximately 1,600 lives since last August. The East African country has recorded only three […] Continue reading ->
In a surprise appearance before the 2019 Congress of the International Council of Nurses, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that investing in a stronger nursing workforce is essential for achieving universal health coverage (UHC). He proposed that “every country bring one nurse and one midwife to the World Health Assembly next year,” as […] Continue reading ->
[WHO News Release] Kampala, 11 June 2019 – The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image Credits: […] Continue reading ->
There has been a dramatic increase in security incidents around the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), but a sharp decrease in hospital transmissions, increased vaccinations, and new measures to safeguard response teams, are positive signs, WHO officials told reporters today in a briefing. Image Credits: WHO/L.Mackenzie, Catherine […] Continue reading ->
The ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is not related to the lack of means or experience to fight the epidemic, but the difficulty to reach communities, the World Health Organization Director-General told the World Health Assembly today. The DRC Minister of Health illustrated the complexity of the response, linked […] Continue reading ->
The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is enduring despite efforts deployed and progress achieved, mainly because of the difficulty to reach communities. The complexity of the response to this epidemic prompts actors to rethink their strategy, as explained by the head of Wellcome Trust yesterday on the side of the World […] Continue reading ->
Health is about political leadership, partnership and people, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said today in his opening address of the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, adding that these three priorities must guide discussions not only this week, but throughout the next year. Image Credits: WHO/Laurent Cipriani. Continue reading ->