Health in Congo Brazzaville

  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • Congo is Ebola virus free, says minister

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/07/29 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared its month Ebola outbreak over on Saturday next 42 days without recording a new case of the virus. “I declare on this day, at midnight, the end of the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever of the Ebola virus in DRC,’’ Minister of Health in the country, Mr Oly Ilunga, said in a statement. Health officials say Congolese health authorities approved the use of a new experimental vaccine but from presently on declined to deploy it due to the small scale of the outbreak and logistical challenges.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Ebola virus: Congo seeks private sector involvement in fight against Ebola

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2014/10/19 The government in Congo is rallying the local private sector to back its ongoing efforts to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which continues to kill people in West Africa, according to a statement issued here Tuesday by the health ministry at a fund raising conference for the same purpose. Health officials told private sector representatives attending the conference that Congo was facing a shortage of resources for carrying out its preparedness plan to prevent the disease.
  • Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo, WHO Regional Director in Africa

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2013/09/04 The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, has recommended six actions that nations should take to improve health, in the light of prevailing challenges and some opportunities. Speaking at the start of the 63rd session of the Ministers of Health of the WHO African Region in Brazzaville, Congo, Monday, Dr. Sambo recommended the stepping up of efforts to achieve the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), active participation by nations in discussions to define the post-2015 health schedule priorities and the implementation of the International Health Regulations. Other actions include putting mechanisms in place to achieve universal health coverage along with carrying out WHO and Member National’s joint vision to improve the health of people.