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Nigeria donates building to WAHO to house the Regional Centre for Disease Control

Abuja, Nigeria, October 24 – The Federal Government of has on this Tuesday October 24, 2017 handed over a building to the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to host the ECOWAS Regional Center for Disease Control (RCDC). Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Nigeria CDC (NCDC) Chief Executive Officer, performed the administrative handover of the building to serve as the headquarters of the ECOWAS RCDC. Mr. Stephen Nartey, Commissioner for General Administration and Conference of the ECOWAS (...)


WAHO to build a state-of-the-art health center at Bo Waterside, in Liberia

Bo Waterside, Liberia, October 20, 2017 – As its contribution to fighting cross-border diseases and epidemics, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) decided to build state-of-the-art health facilities at the Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone borders. The three countries have been chosen because of the Ebola crisis that affected them. This promise is being fulfilled and on October 20, 2017, WAHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia has performed the (...)


Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO): Message from the Director General

July 9, 1987 – July 9, 2017, 30 years ago, the Heads of State and Government of the West African region, convinced that health is key to integration and socio-economic development of the region, adopted Protocol A/P2/7/87 establishing the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), as the sole specialised health institution for the region. Likewise the previous years, it is fitting that today I pay a well-deserved tribute to the founding fathers of WAHO, who swiftly perceived the relevance of (...)


FINAL COMMUNIQUE: 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Health Ministers of ECOWAS Abuja, Nigeria, 16 June 2017


ECOWAS Ministers in charge of Health, Agriculture and Environment meet to adopt the ‘One Health’ Policy Coordination Platform

Abuja, Nigeria – June 17, 2017 – ECOWAS Ministers in charge of Health, Agriculture and Environment met in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Saturday, June 17, to formalize the implementation of the “One Health” Approach in the region. The meeting which was chaired by the Health Minister of Togo and current Chairman of the Assembly of Health Ministers, (AHM), Professor Mustafa Mijiyawa had in attendance the Honorable Minister of Health of Nigeria, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, the Vice-president (...)


WAHO and UNIDO launch ECOWAS Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Roadmap Initiative

Abuja, Nigeria, June 16, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have organized the official launch of the ECOWAS Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Roadmap Initiative. This was at the sideline of the 18th Ordinary Meeting of the Assembly of Health Ministers of ECOWAS. In launching the initiative, the Director General of WAHO, Dr Xavier Crespin who was assisted the Health Minister of Togo and (...)


The Acting President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Opens 18th ECOWAS Assembly of Health Ministers

Abuja, Nigeria – June 16, 2017 – The 18th Assembly of Health Ministers of ECOWAS has been officially opened in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on June 16, 2017, by the Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. In his speech, Prof. Osinbajo expressed the commitment of Nigerian Government to ensuring that the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) established by WAHO in Abuja, takes off before the end of 2017. He noted that “It is a great challenge to improve the health (...)


WAHO Partners discuss Maternal and Child Health at the Assembly of Health Ministers

Abuja, Nigeria – June 15, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) organized as part of the meetings leading to the 18th Assembly of ECOWAS Health Ministers, a Partners Forum at the ECOWAS Commission. The meeting which was attended by several partners such as WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF, NEPAD, was expected to draft proposals for roadmap on hospital reform, maternal and child health for adoption by the Ministers on Friday. Declaring the session open, WAHO Director General said the (...)


WAHO Health Experts’ charged to make recommendations to solve the region’s challenges

Abuja, Nigeria, June 14 – Health experts in West Africa have been enjoined to come up with recommendations that can boost the activities of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) in the region. The Director General of WAHO, Dr. Xavier Crespin, made the call on Tuesday, June 14, 2017, at the opening ceremony of the Health Experts’ Committee Meeting at the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, ahead of the Assembly of Health Ministers billed for Friday, June 16. He described the (...)


WAHO, Africa CDC and Nigeria CDC hold a tripartite meeting

Abuja, Nigeria, June 09, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO), the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) held a tripartite meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate the harmonized implementation of ECOWAS Regional Center for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCDC) and to define the role of Nigeria CDC as the Regional Coordinating Center of the Africa CDC. The meeting was held at the (...)


WAHO BRINGS TOGETHER EXPERTS TO DEVELOP A HARMONISED MANUAL ON THE PROTECTION AND UTILISATION OF TRADITIONAL MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE

Abuja, Nigeria, 26th May 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) held a workshop in Abuja-Nigeria, from 24 to 25 May 2017, to prepare a harmonized manual on the protection and utilization of traditional medical knowledge (TMK). About 40 participants attended the workshop including: directors/coordinators of Traditional medicine (TM) programs, traditional medicine practitioners (TMPs), conventional medicine practitioners (CMPs), researchers and members of the Expert Committee for (...)


WAHO at the USAID Regional Health Office West Africa Partners’ Meeting

Accra, Ghana, May 19, 2017 – A WAHO delegation led by Dr Kofi Busia, the Project Manager of the USAID-funded Leadership, Capacity Strengthening (CAPS) Project, represented WAHO at the USAID Regional Health Office West Africa Partners’ Meeting, held at the Labadi Beach Hotel, in Accra-Ghana, from May 16-19, 2017. Other members of the team included Mr Sani Ali, Professional Officer Planning, Alhaji Jallow, Accountant in charge of USAID-funded projects, Dr Cletus Adohinzin, Coordinator of the (...)


WAHO donates motorbikes to the ministry of health of GHANA

By Harvey de Hardt-Kaffils, Communication & Advocacy Specialist, WAHO Accra, Ghana, April 26, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) has donated 10 Suzuki TF 125 motorbikes, valued at GHS 160,000 to the Ministry of Health for the use of Ghana’s newly established Mental Health Authority. Presenting the motorbikes, the Director General of WAHO, Dr. Xavier Crespin said the donation was in fulfilment of a promise he made when he paid a courtesy call on the President of Ghana, (...)


The West African Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations renew their collaboration

By Harvey de Hardt-Kaffils, Communication & Advocacy Specialist, WAHO Accra, Ghana, April 25, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to renew its partnership and collaboration in the areas of health, food, nutrition and biodiversity. The five (5) year MOU replaces an old one which was signed in 2012. The MOU among other things, aims at promoting health and (...)


WAHO Public-Private Partnership Forum opens in Accra

By Harvey de Hardt-Kaffils, Communication & Advocacy Specialist, WAHO Accra, Ghana, April 24, 2017 – A five-day forum to develop a strategic framework for Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the Health sector has opened in Accra. The forum’s objective is aimed at establishing a High-Level Dialogue Platform to enable the Public and Private sectors to communicate and share ideas for sustainable collaboration in the health sector. The Director General of the West African Health (...)


The benefits of Public-Private Partnership in the health sector in the ECOWAS region

By Harvey DE HARDT-KAFFILS, Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist / WAHO Introduction In today’s world of complexity and rapid pace it is almost impossible to do anything alone. This is especially true in health where constantly rising prices, changing disease patterns, and increasing use of sophisticated technology for diagnosis and treatment have made it virtually impossible to imagine any single organization providing services without some type of institutional (...)


POST-EBOLA HIGH-LEVEL MEETING: Presidents Faure Gnassingbe and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commend WAHO

Monrovia, Liberia, April 12, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) has been commended by H.E. the President of the Republic of Liberia, and Chair of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and H.E. The President of the Republic of Togo, Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, the Coordinator of the Ebola response and elimination efforts. This was during the High-Level Meeting on Post-Ebola organized by WAHO and ECOWAS in Monrovia where (...)


WAHO participates in ECOWAS Parliament delocalized meeting

Monrovia, Liberia, April 11, 2017 – The Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr Xavier Crespin and a team of WAHO participated in the ECOWAS Parliament delocalized meeting on the joint committee on Health and Social services. The five-day meeting, April 10-14, 2017, which was held in Monrovia as part of the new strategy of ECOWAS to get all involved in the affairs of the ECOWAS Parliament, is under the theme: ECOWAS Policy on combating counterfeit medical (...)


ECOWAS Post-Ebola Regional Technical Meeting opens in Monrovia

Monrovia, Liberia, April 10, 2017 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) is holding a two-day regional technical meeting on Post-Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia. The objective of the meeting is to accelerate the implementation of measures aimed at improving the region’s capabilities for the prevention, detection and response to threats posed by emerging infectious diseases including zoonotic diseases. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Liberia Minister of Health, Dr Bernice T. Dahn (...)


Akufo-Addo urged to support production of local pharmaceuticals

The Director General of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Dr Xavier Crespin, has appealed to President Akufo-Addo to support the local production of pharmaceuticals in the West African region. Dr. Xavier Crespin explained that the help of Ghana “in reinforcing local capacity to produce our own medicine” is of the utmost importance, as, “from our assessment, we produce only 25% of the medicines we need in our region, which is very weak. Our objective is to increase it to 50%.” The (...)


Ghana Renews Support to the West African Health Organization

Health minister, Hon Kwaku Agyeman Manu, has pledged more support from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the government of Ghana to the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to improve health in the West African region. The minister argued that, one cannot isolate himself from health issues in the region due to it’s cross border activities, thus the need to support the ECOWAS health body, WAHO to enhance its mandate. “We will place priority on issues related to WAHO, the president has (...)


WAHO, Cape Verde discuss New Cooperation Models towards Health Improvement

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) is in talks with the Ministry of Health in Cape Verde to identify ways to strengthen cooperations and explore new models towards health improvement in the country and the sub-region. The discussions began when Dr Xavier Crespin, Director General of WAHO met with the country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ulisses Correia and the Minister of Health and Social Security, Dr. Arlindo do Rosário last Monday (13th February 2017) to begin an official five days (...)


WAHO DG, Dr Xavier Crespin visits Cape Verde

Director-General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr Xavier Crespin will begin a five-day visit to Cape Verde on Monday [13th February,2017]. He will be received by the Prime Minister, Dr. Ulisses Correia e Silva, and hold a working meeting with the Minister of Health and Social Security, Dr. Arlindo do Rosário. Dr Crespin is expected to participate in a conference on the subject of “Investments in Health, Health Security and Economic Development: Contributions to the Tourism (...)

 

 

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