WHO appoints three Africans as coronavirus ‘special envoys’

WHO appoints three Africans as coronavirus ‘special envoys’

Three Africans have been named as special envoys on the coronavirus, as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed growing concern Friday over the COVID-19 spread in Iran, South Korea and beyond the borders of China. The three envoys will serve to provide strategic advice and high-level political advocacy and engagement…

WHO plans emergency committee meeting as virus deaths rise to 170

China’s latest update on the coronavirus epidemic, issued at midnight Wednesday, listed 170 fatalities with a new total of 7,711 confirmed cases – along with nearly 90,000 close contacts under health monitoring, according to the National Health Commission. Additional cases were reported in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, along with…

Togo hosts African leaders to launch counterfeit drug initiative

President Macky Sall of Senegal and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, are among African heads of state participating in a conference on counterfeit medications hosted by President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo. The two-day conference runs through Saturday and is expected to lead to a “Lomé Initiative” to end the illegal…

WHO’s 2020 priorities resonate on African continent

With the new year, the World Health Organization has released a list of its top priorities for 2020. They include a number of concerns with special resonance on the African continent, including the need to understand that the climate crisis is a health crisis, and the need to address the…

WHO: More than 6,000 measles deaths in DR Congo

The World Health Organization says more than 6,000 people have died from measles in Democratic Republic of Congo, during an outbreak that has seen some 310,000 suspected cases reported since the beginning of 2019. “We are doing our utmost to bring this epidemic under control,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO…

Ebola cases trend higher in Democratic Republic of Congo

There are disappointing trends in the Ebola fight in Democratic Republic of Congo, where an uptick in reported cases and increased attacks by extremists in the affected eastern provinces dampen optimism that health workers are gaining ground. CMRE, the Congolese agency overseeing the Ebola response, listed five health zones Sunday…

DRC: Arson attack at Lwembe is latest against Ebola workers

There’s been another attack on a health facility in Democratic Republic of Congo, the latest in a series of such incidents targeting health and humanitarian aid workers who are responding to the 14-month Ebola outbreak in the country’s east. This time a health center in Lwembe, in the Mandima health…

WHO says Tanzania is still withholding Ebola data

The confusion over cases of Ebola in Tanzania still isn’t resolved, and the World Health Organization says it’s not getting the information it needs from the East African nation nearly two weeks after it first heard of a suspected case in Dar es Salaam. That’s according to a WHO statement…

DR Congo arrests former health minister over Ebola funds

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo say Dr. Oly Ilunga, former head of the Ministry of Health and its Ebola response, was taken into custody on Saturday as police sought to stop him from leaving the country through neighboring Brazzaville. The former minister’s detention follows initial hearings on alleged financial…