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1 - Highlights of the joint AFRO/GOARN partners Conference Call on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Democratic Republic of Congo

Date: 2018-05-23 09:46:02 ID: 1844

2 - Ebola outbreak in DRC: WAHO closely monitoring the situation

Date: 2018-05-21 08:20:02 ID: 1842

On 8 May 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province. This is the ninth outbreak of Ebola virus disease over the last four decades in the country, with the most recent one occurring in May 2017. As at 17 May 2018, 45 EVD cases have been reported, including in three health care workers, and 25 deaths have been reported. Of these 45 cases, 14 have been confirmed. Most (...)

3 - Technical working groups (twg) develop regional guidelines in accra to harmonise medicines regulation in west africa

Date: 2018-05-08 13:33:00 ID: 1839

Accra, Ghana, May 3, 2018 – Group Picture with the Director General of WAHO. The seven (7) Experts Working Groups (TWGs) set up under the aegis of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), in collaboration with the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), with technical and financial support from their partners (World Bank, WHO, NEPAD, BMGF), are meeting in Accra, Ghana, from 30th April to 4th May 2018, to develop Guidance Guidelines, as part of the process of harmonising the (...)

4 - Redisse project receives joint waho and the world bank supervision mission

Date: 2018-05-05 02:38:45 ID: 1838

WAHO and the World Bank are organizing a joint supervision mission of the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement in West Africa (REDISSE) in four countries namely, Liberia from 25th to 28th April, Sierra Leone from 30th April to 2nd May, and Senegal from 4th May to 7th May, 2018. The supervision mission in Senegal will have a working session with the Guiné-Bissau Project Management Unit. The joint supervision team will hold working sessions with WAHO at its Headquarters in (...)

5 - WAHO DG paying courtesy visits to ECOWAS countries: Benin Stage

Date: 2018-04-25 11:01:19 ID: 1835

Cotonou, Benin, April 24, 2018 – The new Director General of the West African Health Organization, Professor Stanley OKOLO is on a courtesy and working visit to Benin. Upon his arrival in the evening of Monday, April 23 in Cotonou, the WAHO Director General first dined with the Minister of Health of Benin, Dr. Alassane SEIDOU and his collaborators. On the morning of Tuesday, April 24, Professor Stanley OKOLO had a tête-à-tête with Minister Alassane SEIDOU. At this session the two men reviewed (...)

6 - WAHO has developed a Manual on the utilisation of Traditional Medical Knowledge and its protection by Intellectual Property Rights

Date: 2018-04-23 08:59:58 ID: 1834

Prof Stanley OKOLO, WAHO Director General, during his official opening address Bobo-Dioulasso, BURKINA FASO The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) has held on 17-19 April, 2018, the regional meeting to validate the harmonised manual on the protection and utilisation of traditional medical knowledge. The following persons attended the meeting: traditional and conventional medicine practitioners, university researchers in botany, phytotherapy, toxicology, pharmacognosy and (...)

7 - WAHO and Nigeria CDC team up to conduct a Yellow Fever Simulation Exercise in Lagos

Date: 2018-03-12 13:03:33 ID: 1818

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lagos, Nigeria, March 12, 2018 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO), in its efforts to contribute to the capacity building of ECOWAS Member States in the area of preparedness and response to epidemics, is supporting the establishment of national emergency management mechanisms for public health emergencies. To test these mechanisms and procedures in place for the management of major public health events in the ECOWAS region, WAHO is organising a Yellow Fever (...)

8 - Professor Stanley Okolo takes office as WAHO Director-General

Date: 2018-03-04 07:20:40 ID: 1804

MARCH 2, 2018 | BOBO-DIOULASO – Today, Professor Stanley Okolo takes office as Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), succeeding Dr Xavier Crespin and his deputy, Dr Laurent Assogba, both who held office since February 3, 2014. Stanley Okolo holds postgraduate degree in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the UK. He has a PhD in Endocrinology from the University College London (UCL). He also holds professorships at City University and Middlesex University, all in (...)

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

Date: 2017-10-25 08:56:23 ID: 1743

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-10-24 17:51:52 ID: 1740

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-07-08 21:33:52 ID: 1662

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-06-21 06:42:46 ID: 1656

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

Date: 2017-06-18 14:48:32 ID: 1653

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-06-18 14:41:41 ID: 1651

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-06-18 14:10:18 ID: 1648

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-06-18 14:01:09 ID: 1647

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 (...)

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

Date: 2017-06-14 06:36:36 ID: 1641

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 (...)

18 - WAHO, Africa CDC and Nigeria CDC hold a tripartite meeting

Date: 2017-06-14 00:19:32 ID: 1638

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 (...)


Date: 2017-05-31 15:29:19 ID: 1629

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 (...)