Health in Benin

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Benin accepts TRIPS amendment to ease poor countries’ access to affordable medicines

    BENIN, 2016/11/24 The protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement, which was agreed in 2005, is intended to formalize a decision to relieve poorer WTO members’ access to affordable medicines. The protocol allows exporting nations to grant compulsory licences (i.e. licences granted without the patent holder’s consent) to their generic suppliers to manufacture and export medicines to nations that cannot manufacture the needed medicines themselves. These licences were originally limited to predominantly supplying the domestic market.
  • 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.”
  • UN Health Agency Warns Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Has 'A Very Nasty Sting in Its Tail'

    BENIN, 2015/09/13 The United Nations health agency's appropriate envoy on Ebola response today said the outbreak in West Africa has a "very nasty sting in its tail," but projected that the goal of zero transmission in the human people remains "very possible within 2015." Dr. Bruce Aylward, Appropriate Representative on Ebola Response for the World Health Organization (WHO), made those remarks at a press conference in Geneva, following his return from the "hot spots" of the epidemic in Guinea and Sierra Leone. He said that despite the "ferocious rainy season" in West Africa, the number of Ebola cases has remained in the single digits for six consecutive weeks in Guinea and Sierra Leone. In addition, there are only three active chains of transmission in those nations, a development he described as a "major milestone in all three nations [Liberia being the third] in the march towards zero" cases.
  • 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.
  • UN Special Envoy Nabarro Sees Ebola Outbreak 'Slowing Down'

    BENIN, 2015/01/17 The United Nations appropriate envoy on Ebola has said the outbreak of the disease in West Africa appears to be slowing down. However, he added that the battle against Ebola was not over. UN appropriate envoy David Nabarro said on Thursday that the new figures released by the World Health Organization showed that the three nations hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak - Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - had registered the lowest numbers of fresh cases in months. Liberia reported its lowest number of new cases since June, while Guinea and Sierra Leone both recorded their fewest new cases since August.
  • West African countries sign US $152 million Fight Back Ebola

    BENIN, 2014/10/09 The President of the African Development Bank Group and representatives from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire on October 1, 2014 in Abidjan signed loan and grant agreements worth US $152 million to fight back the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The signing ceremony took place instantly next the Fight Back Ebola Budget Support Programme was approved before in the morning by the AfDB Group Board of Directors, in recognition of the urgent need for liquidities of the concerned nations. The funds will be allocated to the three nations most impacted by the deadly virus: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, inclunding to Côte d'Ivoire as a preventive measure. The financial package consists of a loan of US $121 million and a grant of US $30 million (US $61 million for Liberia, US $50 million for Sierra Leone, US $32 million for Guinea, and US $9 million for Côte d'Ivoire).
  • Suspected cases of the Ebola virus in Benin have proved negative

    BENIN, 2014/08/13 Suspected cases of the Ebola virus in Benin have proved negative following tests at laboratories certified by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Professor Dorothée Akoko-Kindé Gazard, Beninese Health minister, said on Monday. At a news conference in Cotonou, the minister declared: 'In Benin, the suspected cases have not been confirmed. For presently, there is no Ebola disease patient in Benin ... So far, the suspected samples sent to laboratories are negative. We should maintain health surveillance and be vigilant.'