Par Dr Matshidiso Moeti, la Directrice régionale de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé pour l'Afrique, novembre 2016
It has been 44 years since a World Bank president traveled to drought-stricken Upper Volta in West Africa — today called Burkina Faso — and encountered a startling and disturbing scene. Blind people were everywhere, with children often leading adults around.
28 August 2014 -- WHO today issues a roadmap to guide and coordinate the international response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in west Africa. The roadmap aims to stop ongoing Ebola transmission worldwide within 6-9 months while rapidly managing the consequences of any further international spread.
Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan 19 August 2015 On this 12th World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, WHO is drawing the world’s attention to the contributions and sacrifices of health workers who respond to humanitarian crises. More than a decade since the first World Humanitarian Day, the demands on emergency responders are unprecedented, with 82.5 million people in 37 countries needing humanitarian assistance. The costs, too, are unprecedented, reaching an estimated US$20…
The yellow fever vaccine given as one fifth of the regular dose could be used to control an outbreak in case of vaccine shortages. Experts agreed with this proposal at a meeting convened by WHO to consider potential shortages in yellow fever vaccine due to the outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo. WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization reviewed existing evidence that demonstrates that using a fifth of a standard vaccine dose would still provide…
Op-Ed by Dr Matshidiso Moeti The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its devastating toll on human life were stark reminders of the dangers posed by weak health systems. For the international community, the outbreak highlighted the importance of health security and epidemic-preparedness, and demonstrated just how quickly local disease outbreaks can become global issues.