Commentaries

The 7th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa took place by teleconference on Thursday, 1 October 2015, and by electronic correspondence from 1-3 October 2015. As in previous meetings, the Committee’s role was to advise the WHO Director-General as to: whether the event continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International…
Brazzaville, 1 December 2016—The World Health Organization Regional Director for the Africa Region, Dr Matshidiso Moeti congratulates Dr John Nkengasong on his appointment as the first director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC). “I wish to warmly congratulate John for being selected to this important position to head Africa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Abeba, and I very much look forward to working with him to strengthen health systems in…
By Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, 11 December 2015 Health is widely considered to be a fundamental human right, yet the sad truth is that far too many people around the world still do not have access to basic health care. Millions of Africans in particular are unable to access or afford the services they need to survive and thrive without incurring financial hardship.  The answer to this problem is clear: universal health coverage (UHC). For too long, the idea of achieving universal health…
West Africa is experiencing the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus. Over the past decade, research efforts have been invested into developing drugs and vaccines for Ebola…
The 5th meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 regarding the Ebola virus disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak in West Africa was conducted with members and advisors of the Emergency Committee on Thursday, 9 April 2015. As provided in the IHR 2005, the main issues for the Committee’s advice to the Director-General were: (1) does the event continue to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern…
WHO joins the government of Sierra Leone in marking the end of the recent flare-up of Ebola virus disease in the country. As of today, 17 March, 42 days have passed, two incubation cycles of the virus, since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease in the country tested negative for a second time. This latest flare-up of Ebola brings to 3 590 the number of lives lost in Sierra Leone to an epidemic that devastated families and communities across the country and disrupted every…