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WHO Africa, UNICEF, others poised to advance implementation of Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

The workshop, held from 12 to 15 February 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on enhancing countries’ capabilities to effectively implement the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) as an integral component of maternal and newborn health quality care strategies.

Africa’s malaria vaccine rollout expands

Nearly 10,000 children vaccinated Nearly 10 000 children in Burkina Faso and Cameroon have now received the RTS,S malaria vaccine since being introduced this year. A wider malaria vaccine rollout

Cameroon kicks off malaria vaccine rollout

Cameroon yesterday, January 22,  launched the RTS,S malaria vaccine into its routine national immunization services, becoming the first country to do so outside the malaria vaccine pilot programme that was

Rotary International donates $14 million to sustain polio eradication in Nigeria

Committed to ensuring that every child is safe from the paralysis caused by poliovirus, Rotary International has donated a $ 14 million grant to the government of Nigeria to support

WHO certifies Cabo Verde as malaria-free

The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified Cabo Verde as a malaria-free country, marking a significant achievement in global health. With this announcement, Cabo Verde joins the ranks of 43

WHO issues alert on another contaminated Indian-made cough syrup

The World Health Organization on Monday flagged a batch of contaminated common cold syrup, manufactured by an Indian company, the latest in a series of warnings by the agency about

World Hepatitis Day 2023: 91m Africans live with hepatitis

19m Nigerians affected   The World Health Organisation (WHO) says no fewer than 91 million Africans are currently living with hepatitis, with around 125,000 hepatitis-related deaths occurring in Africa. In

WHO endorses Essential Medicines for multiple sclerosis, other conditions

The World Health Organization (WHO), Wednesday,  published the new editions of the Model Lists of Essential Medicines (EML) and Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc) which include important new medicines for

Grow food, not life threatening tobacco crops – WHO urges governments

The World Health Organisation  (WHO), has urged governments to stop subsidizing tobacco farming and support more sustainable crops that could feed millions. In a message today to mark the World

WHO cautions against use of non-sugar sweeteners for weight control 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new guideline on non-sugar sweeteners (NSS), which recommends against the use of NSS to control body weight or reduce the risk of

152 million babies born preterm in the last decade

Of every 10 babies born, 1 is preterm – and every 40 seconds, 1 of those babies dies Preterm birth rates have not changed in the past decade in any

WHO declares end to mpox public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday it was ending its 10-month-long global health emergency for mpox, a viral disease that led to confirmed cases in more than a

1 in 6 people globally affected by infertility – WHO

Large numbers of people are affected by infertility in their lifetime, according to a new report published today by WHO. Around 17.5% of the adult population – roughly 1 in

Exclusive breastfeeding saves more children than other preventive interventions – Experts

Saves 13% child deaths Medical experts have said that exclusive breastfeeding has the potential to save more children’s lives than any other intervention. According to experts, exclusive breastfeeding entails feeding

2023 World Hearing Day: WHO launches training manual to assist countries on ear care

Amid reports that an estimated 1.5 billion people globally live with hearing loss. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new manual to assist countries in building the capacity

Cholera cases surging fast in Africa

May surpass worst cases of 2021 if trend continues, WHO warns Malawi launches national “End Cholera” campaign Africa is witnessing an exponential rise in cholera cases amid a global surge.

Equatorial Guinea confirms first-ever Marburg virus disease outbreak

  9 deaths, 16 suspected cases reported Equatorial Guinea yesterday confirmed its first-ever outbreak of Marburg virus disease. Preliminary tests carried out following the deaths of at least nine people

Nigerian laboratory receives WHO full accreditation for fight against measles and rubella

A Nigerian laboratory, the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL), Lagos, recently attained a World Health Organization (WHO) full laboratory accreditation status in respect of its contribution to the fight against

World Leprosy Day: Nigeria, 23 other countries contribute 95% of global burden

NMA urges pragmatic collaboration towards elimination Nigeria joined the rest of the world on Sunday to mark the 2023 World Leprosy Day amidst reports that the country is one of

Lassa Fever: WHO officials visit Edo Health Commissioner

Edo State Commissioner for Health Prof Obehi Akoria has assured that the government would leave no stone unturned as it collaborates with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other partner

1 child or youth died once every 4.4 seconds in 2021 – UN report

Separate UN report reveals another 1.9 million babies were tragically stillborn during same period An estimated 5 million children died before their fifth birthday and another 2.1 million children and

WHO backs mask-wearing on long flights

Omicron variant spreads in U.S. World Health Oranisation (WHO) on Tuesday advised that countries should consider recommending passengers wear masks on long haul flights.  WHO said this was to counter

World AIDS DAY: Inequalities blocking end of pandemic – UN

“Of the 38 million people living with HIV, 5.9 million people who know they have HIV are not receiving treatment” As the world marks the World AIDS Day today, December

Pneumonia kills 700,000 children annually – paediatrician

A paediatrician at the Federal Medical center, Birnin Kudu in Jigawa state Dr. Ummah Idris says it is estimated by the World Health Organization WHO that at least one child

World Patients Safety Day: Pharmacist counsels on need to adhere to prescribed medications

Identifies unsafe medication practice as cause of avoidable harm in health care system Health minister also warns against self medication As the World Patients Safety Day 2022 was marked globally