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WHO to issue findings on Congo sexual abuse investigation by end...

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The World Health Organization, facing pressure from donors, said that an independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in Democratic Republic of Congo against...

Air freight prices ‘outrageous’ as COVID-19 shots rolled out, says WHO...

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Some carriers are seeking “outrageous” prices to fly dry ice and other medical equipment in the pre-holiday rush, but a capacity squeeze should ease...

Ethiopia accuses WHO head Tedros of backing Tigray rebels

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Ethiopia’s military accused World Health Organization (WHO) head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Thursday of supporting and trying to procure arms and diplomatic backing for...

Rwandan genocide suspect Kabuga can be sent to UN court

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Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga can be handed over to a United Nations tribunal in Tanzania, France’s top civil court ruled on Wednesday, dismissing...

Burundi showing the door to top WHO men

Burundi is expelling the national head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) during a presidential election campaign as politicians press ahead with large rallies...

Africa coronavirus cases could reach the millions

Coronavirus cases in Africa could shoot from thousands to 10 million in three to six months according to provisional modelling, a regional World Health...

Ebola alarm in DR Congo

About 360 people are at potential risk of Ebola after contact with an infected person in eastern Congo and many are out of reach...

Tanzania and WHO cross swords over Ebola data

Tanzania summoned the World Health Organisation’s local representative over its assertion that government refused to share information on suspected Ebola cases, signalling displeasure at...

WHO sounds Ebola alarm

The World Health Organisation declared DR Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm as the virus threatens to...

One in four DRC Ebola cases goes undetected

Roughly a quarter of Ebola infections in eastern Congo are estimated undetected or found too late, a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert said. Some 2,025...

WHO counts down Africa polio clock

Africa could be declared free of endemic “wild” polio early next year if a strain last seen in Nigeria almost three years ago does...

No time to lose in fight against Ebola in DR Congo

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With the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s worst ever Ebola outbreak now in its tenth month, the United Nations announced measures to strengthen its...

Rise in casualties – and cholera – expected in Libya

A month-old battle for Libya’s capital Tripoli risks causing an “exponential” rise in civilian casualties as well as outbreaks of diseases including cholera, the...

Ebola situation worsens in DR Congo

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Strengthening security and the Ebola response effort is essential to contain the growing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN health...

Senior WHO official killed in DR Congo

Heavily armed militiamen attacked a hospital treating Ebola patients in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing a senior World Health Organisation (WHO) epidemiologist and...

Ebola outbreak in DR Congo set to worsen

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The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo is likely to worsen significantly unless response is stepped up, an emergency committee of...

WHO concerned about Ebola in DR Congo

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The World Health Organisation is concerned the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo could deteriorate rapidly because of attacks by armed...

Militia violence hampers Ebola fight in DR Congo

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Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo prevented aid workers from reaching potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola that has so...

Experimental Ebola treatment used in DR Congo

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Democratic Republic of Congo started using experimental mAb114 Ebola treatment to counter the latest flare-up of the virus, health officials said, the...

Conflict in new DRC Ebola zone exacerbates response

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Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola outbreak is going to be "very complex",...

Approval given for Ebola vaccine use in DR Congo

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The World Health Organisation has been given the go-ahead by officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to import and use an experimental...

First suspected DR Congo Ebola deaths were in January

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Cases of haemorrhagic fever were reported in an area of Congo facing an Ebola epidemic as far back as December and the...

Mugabe out as WGO goodwill ambassador

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was removed as a WHO goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said following outrage among donors and...

Cholera hits north-east Nigeria

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Cholera is fast spreading through camps housing people displaced by Boko Haram militants in north-east Nigeria's Borno state, the United Nations said. Most...

WHO confirms DR Congo polio outbreak

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Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease the world is trying to...

Thirty percent of Borno’s health facilities destroyed – WHO

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A third of 743 health facilities have been destroyed in north-east Nigeria's Borno state, the area worst hit in a seven-year insurgency...

Angola, DR Congo yellow fever outbreak under control

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A yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Congo has been brought under control by a major vaccination campaign, the head of pandemic...

Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on health workers in 2014-15 –...

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Nearly 1,000 people were killed in attacks on health centres worldwide over the past two years, almost 40 percent of them in...

World’s largest, fastest vaccine roll-out targets polio’s final strongholds

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In a massive undertaking aimed at stamping out polio once and for all – dubbed ‘the switch' – a United Nations-backed eradication...

Wounded toll at 25,000 a month in Syria, medicines lacking, cholera...

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About 25,000 people are wounded each month in escalating warfare in Syria and it getting harder to deliver medical supplies for civilians...

Experts warn of animal diseases as biological weapons

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), animal health and national defence officers this week called for wider international co-operation to avoid the spread...

Senegal reopens land border with Ebola-hit Guinea

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Senegal reopened on Monday its land border with Guinea, the Interior Ministry said, five months after closing transport links in August to...

Sierra Leone overtakes Liberia in Ebola cases

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The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 6,331 in the three worst hit countries, with Sierra...

WHO declares Ebola epidemic an international health emergency

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West Africa's Ebola epidemic is an "extraordinary event" and now constitutes an international health risk, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on...

WHO says world TB cases decline for first time

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The number of people getting sick with tuberculosis has dropped for the first time, while the death toll from the disease reached...

World’s annual child mortality rate falling — UN report

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The annual number of children who die before they reach age five is shrinking, falling to 7.6 million global deaths in 2010...

Malaria report sees near-zero deaths by end of 2015

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The world has made impressive progress against malaria in the past 10 years, increasing optimism that an end to the killer mosquito-borne...

WHO says TB blood tests faulty, must be stopped

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) called for an immediate halt to the use of blood tests for detection of active tuberculosis, saying...

Millions at risk of cholera in Ethiopia

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Five million people are at risk of cholera in drought-hit Ethiopia, where acute watery diarrhoea has broken out in crowded, unsanitary conditions,...

Once-daily AIDS pill can slash HIV infection risk

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AIDS drugs designed to treat HIV can also be used to reduce dramatically the risk of infection among heterosexual couples, two studies...

Uganda says Ebola outbreak is over

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Uganda has successfully prevented the rare and deadly Ebola virus from spreading, nearly two months after a 12 year-old girl bled to...

Aid squeeze may put Africa on firmer footing: analysis

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The dire state of rich countries' public finances is likely to squeeze aid to Africa in the next few years, although it...

WHO experts meet to assess if H1N1 pandemic over

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World Health Organisation expert advisors recently met to determine whether the H1N1 flu pandemic is fully over, or still circulating in the...

WHO admits shortcomings in handling flu pandemic

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The World Health Organisation conceded shortcomings in its handling of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, including a failure to communicate uncertainties about...

African states set to receive H1N1 vaccine soon: WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it will deliver millions of H1N1 vaccine doses to about a dozen countries in Africa in...

WHO to assess whether H1N1 has peaked

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Health experts will review the status of the H1N1 pandemic in a few weeks to decide whether it has peaked but it...

US Aids chief sets new goals in global battle

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The United States is retooling its global multibillion-dollar fight against HIV/AIDS to transform healthcare in some of the world's poorest countries, the...

More funds needed for TB tests, drugs, vaccines

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Health experts yesterday called for more research funding to develop better diagnostic tests, vaccines and drugs for tuberculosis, which killed 1.8 million...