Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

Mahmoud Fikri, WHO regional director in northern Africa, has died

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday that Dr. Mahmoud Fikri, the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, died suddenly while en route to a global health summit in South America. Fikri had served since February as the regional director of a challenging territory that includes Djibouti, Egypt, Libya,…

WHO report sounds alarm over antibiotics and drug resistance

WHO report sounds alarm over antibiotics and drug resistance

The world is running out of options when it comes to antibiotics and the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization said in a new report released Wednesday in Geneva. There just aren’t enough promising new antibiotics in the pipeline that will beat hard-to-treat infections, including drug-resistant tuberculosis…

Tedros elected to WHO Director General post

Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has become the new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) following Tuesday’s vote at the WHO Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Tedros, the first African ever to hold the DG position, will begin his five-year term on July 1; he replaces outgoing WHO DG Dr….

Physician’s letter in Lancet casts new shadow on Tedros WHO bid

The physician who leads the Africa Tobacco-Free Initiative has spoken out against candidate Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, just as the final vote for World Health Organization Director-General (WHO DG) looms next week. Dr. Frank Ashall, in an open letter published online Friday in the well-regarded British medical journal The…

Sierra Leone reports rare case of #monkeypox

A rare case of monkeypox has been reported in Western Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In a joint statement issued with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Friday, WHO confirmed that a 35-year-old male remains in hospital in the coastal Pujehun district near the Liberian…

Air pollution and the impact on public health in Africa

Air pollution has increased significantly in the last 25 years, and that’s having health consequences especially in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in The Lancet medical journal. Researchers found that air pollution – specifically, the small particles measured as less…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times