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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 (...)


The World Bank provides a grant of 20 million US dollars to WAHO for the coordination and implementation of regional activities under the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement project (REDISSE)

The World Bank, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Health Organization (WAHO) signed two agreements within the framework of implementation of the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement project (REDISSE). The first agreement signed is the Financing Agreement between the World Bank and ECOWAS. The Director of Operations of the resident mission of the World Bank in Côte d’Ivoire, Mr. Pierre Laporte and the Director General of the West African (...)


Visit by HKI to WAHO, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso on 17 October 2016

On 17 October 2016, WAHO was honoured to receive a high-level delegation from Helen Keller International (HKI) comprising Mette Kjaer Kinoti, Vice President, Africa; John Uniack Davis, Regional Director, West Africa and Fred Grant, the Regional Nutrition Advisor, Africa. The visit was organized to introduce Mr John Davis who had newly assumed duty at the end of August 2016 as well as to review the current level of partnership between the two organizations. It involved a courtesy call on (...)


Concrete actions needed to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030

Parliamentarians should collaborate worldwide to end the AIDS epidemic, according to the participants of the Ending the AIDS Epidemic as a Public Health Threat by 2030 workshop, which took place during the opening day of the World Health Summit in Berlin, Germany. See full article from UNAIDS.ORG


WAHO participates in the high level meeting on HIV/AIDS in BERLIN

Berlin, Germany, October 10, 2016 – The Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr Xavier Crespin has challenged the world “to move into concrete action so as to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030”. He also said that HIV as well as improving access to testing services were challenging public health problems. Added to these, one can name Zika and other infectious diseases. There is the need therefore to improve prevention, screening and access to care and to (...)


NEPAD confers with WAHO on the West Africa medicines regulatory harmonization

Bobo-Dioulasso, September 30 – October 3, 2016 – The West African Health Organization (WAHO) has between September 30 and October 3, 2016 has played host to a delegation from the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Agency (NEPAD) at its Headquarters in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. The visit was within the framework of the implementation of the Model Law on the Medical Products Regulation in Africa and the objectives were: (i) to review progress in the implementation of the West (...)


ECOWAS sets up Rapid Response Team to help contain disease outbreaks

Accra, Ghana, September, 2016 – A four-day ECOWAS health resilience training program to equip selected individuals from the fifteen West African states has ended in Accra. The training which was initiated by the West African Health Organization (WAHO) was to create a Regional Rapid Response Team to tackle future disease outbreaks in the sub-region. Member states of ECOWAS met in May last year to dialogue and take a strategic decision on how to control and contain diseases following the (...)


President Sirleaf Urges Consolidated Health Plan for West Africa

MONROVIA, September 17 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that it will be important for the National Health Plans of West African countries to be aligned with all regional and international plans concerning the health sector. She pointed out that Liberia is concluding the legal processes for the establishment of a National Public Institute of Health to focus on disease control and research. The Liberian leader was speaking Thursday when she received a delegation from the West (...)


WAHO renews its commitment to the development of Traditional Medicine, for improved health care in the ECOWAS region

Ouagadougou, BURKINA FASO, August 30, 2016 - The Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) reiterated WAHO’s commitment to collaborate with the ECOWAS Member States to make Traditional Medicine "an important pillar in strengthening our health systems." He made this commitment in Ouagadougou at the inaugural meeting of the Expert Committee for developing of the 2nd ECOWAS Pharmacopoeia for the treatment of newly emerging diseases. The meeting brought together experts who (...)


WAHO holds the 12th Health Administrator’s Meeting

Bobo-Dioulasso, September 30, 2016 – WAHO has within the framework of its Human Resources Development Program of the health sector, brought together health administrators and Officers of West African Colleges to take stock of achievements over the past year, validate the 2015-2015 annual report and share the 2017 action plan. The meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the development program of human resources in health institution without forgetting the administrative issues in (...)


WAHO gives the keynote address at the 39th Annual Scientific Conference of the West African Society of Pharmacologists (WASP) at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

Kumasi, Ghana, 26-30 July 2016 – On behalf of the Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO), the Acting Director for Primary Health Care, Dr Kofi Busia gave the keynote address at the 39th Annual Scientific Conference of the West African Society of Pharmacologists (WASP), at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, on 26 July 2016. About 100 participants took part in the conference, which was held under the theme “Researching and (...)


Ghana holds its country workshop to disseminate the methodological tools for documenting good practices in health

As part of the preparation for the 2nd Good Practices Forum in October 2016, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) organized workshops to disseminate the methodological tools for documenting good practices in health in the countries where this activity was not carried out in 2015. These workshops were aimed at guiding national stakeholders to identify and document good practices in reproductive health. Ghana’s national workshop was held at the Miklin Hotel in Accra from 18-22 July (...)


Prof Nasidi heads ECOWAS Centre for Disease Control

Professor Abdulsala­mi Nasidi has been appointed the acting Executive Director of the Eco­nomic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Re­gional Surveillance and Dis­ease Control Centre (RCDC). Nasidi is the current head of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The Director-General, West African Health Organization (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin announced the appointment at the inaugural meeting of the governing board of the RCDC in Abuja, yesterday. Crespin explained that the (...)


Celebrating the 29th Anniversary of the Establishment of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) WAHO Director General’s Message

As in previous years, I am indeed honoured, to once again deliver a message to you on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO). As a matter of fact, 9th of July of each year represents the anniversary date of the signing by ECOWAS Heads of State of Protocol A/P2/7/87 on the establishment of the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) as the only Institution specialized in health matters in the region and whose main mission is (...)


Inception meeting for developing the 2nd ECOWAS Pharmacopeia

Lomé, Togo: The West African Health Organisation (WAHO) organised an inception meeting in Lomé, Togo, from 15 to 16 June 2016 to launch the process for developing an Herbal Pharmacopoeia for the treatment of newly emerging diseases. The meeting, which brought together academics, research scientists, traditional medicine experts and some country representatives, was held following the adoption of the resolution of the first West African Herbal Pharmacopoeia, at the 14th Ordinary Session of (...)


WAHO Participates in the 5th East African Healthcare Federation Conference in Kampala

Kampala, Uganda: As part of the activities planned under the USAID-funded Leadership Capacity Strengthening (CAPS) project to expand WAHO’s “role in regional donor, public and private partnerships”, the Acting Director of Primary Health Care, Dr Kofi Busia, who doubles as the CAPS Project Manager, represented WAHO at the 5th East African Healthcare Federation (EAHF) conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Kampala, Uganda from 5-7 June 2016. Dr Busia with some delegates at the (...)


PRESS RELEASE: Scaling local pharmaceutical production to end AIDS by 2030

Umbul Kates, Katibung, 9 June 2016 – During the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, in New York, United States of America, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and ministers of health, joined by UNAIDS and partners from the private sector, communities, and people living with HIV, called for a new paradigm in international cooperation that will promote local production of ARVs, other AIDS related (...)


DOCUMENTS FORUM DE LA CEDEAO DES BONNES PRATIQUES


WAHO very visible at the 69th World Health Assembly

Geneva, Switzerland – May 25, 2016: The Deputy Director General of WAHO, Dr Laurent Assogba delivered the keynote Address at a side session alongside the 69th World Health Assembly. The session was held at Geneva Press Club, Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday May 25, 2016 and the purpose was to discuss the role of regional actors in the African health sector and opportunities to leverage greater collective impact on health outcomes through strengthened collaboration and partnership between (...)


WAHO and USAID partnership highly-rated at the USAID/West Africa Regional Health Office (USAID/WA RHO) Stakeholders and Partners’ Meeting

Group photo with the USAID/WA Team. In the pink jacket is Rachel Cintron, Regional Health Office Director, USAID/WA RHO Accra-Ghana, 23-24 May, 2016 – The Acting Director of the Department of Primary Health Care, Dr Kofi Busia represented the Director General of WAHO at a stakeholders and partners’ meeting organised by the USAID/WA RHO in Accra, Ghana from 23-24 May. The objective of this important meeting for USAID/WA RHO was to present to its stakeholders and partners for discussion, (...)


The Deputy Director General of WAHO, Dr Laurent Aholofon Assogba and the Acting Director of Primary Health care, Dr Kofi Busia attend the Meeting of Health Experts as a Working Group of the AU Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC HPDC)

From the 25-26 April 2016, the Deputy Director General of WAHO, Dr Laurent Aholofon ASSOGBA and the Acting Director of Primary Health care, Dr Kofi BUSIA attended the Meeting of Health Experts as a Working Group of the AU Specialised Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC HPDC), which was held at the AU Headquarters in Addis-Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The meeting was convened to enable the experts examine and recommend key health policy issues to be considered (...)


The World Bank conducts the Mid-Term Review of the WARDS Project

A joint mission led by a World Bank Team carried out the Mid-Term Review (MTR) for the West Africa Regional Disease Surveillance Capacity Strengthening Project (WARDS) from March 10-11 in Dakar, Senegal and from April 25-26, 2016 in Annecy, France. Participants to the mission were representatives from: CCISD, CDC Atlanta, Fondation Mérieux, Government of Canada, University of Ghana, University of Oslo, University of Ouagadougou, USAID/P&R Project and the West Africa Health Organization (...)


The West African Health Organization’s experience in improving the health research environment in the ECOWAS region

Jude Aidam* and Issiaka Sombié Abstract Background: The West African Health Organization (WAHO) implemented a research development program in West Africa during 2009–2013 using the Knowledge for Better Health Research Capacity Development Framework, developed by Pang et al. (Bull World Health Organ 81(11):815–820, 2003), on strategies used to improve the research environment. The framework has the following components: stewardship, financing, sustainable resourcing and research utilization. (...)


FINAL COMMUNIQUE: 17th ORDINARY MEETING OF THE ASSEMBLY OF HEALTH MINISTERS OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES (ECOWAS), 8 April 2016, Bissau, Republic of Guiné-Bissau

1. The 17th Ordinary Assembly of Health Ministers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was held at Hotel Azalai in Bissau, Republic of Guiné-Bissau, on 08 April 2016. 2. The Ministers and Heads of delegations of the following Member States were in attendance: • Benin • Burkina Faso • Cabo Verde • Côte d’Ivoire • The Gambia • Guiné-Bissau • Guinea • Liberia • Mali • Niger • Nigeria • Senegal • Sierra-Leone • Togo 3. The opening ceremony was presided over by the President of (...)


Success Story: Collaboration with the West African Health Organization (WAHO) to Improve Contraceptive Security


Network for strong, national, public health institutes in West Africa

The first major epidemic of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa is not yet behind us. The Ebola virus disease epidemic showed that most countries and the international community were not prepared to respond well and in a timely way to this global health emergency. A new public health framework is urgently needed for West Africa. The international health regulations are not sufficiently enforced and have not been translated into appropriate capacity building.1 The African Centres for (...)


WAHO undergoes a successful mid-term review for the WARDS project

Dakar – March 11, 2016: On March 10 and 11, 2016, a team of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) led by its Director-General, Dr. Xavier Crespin, was in Dakar in Senegal, to meet with the World Bank Group (WBG). The purpose was to conduct the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the West Africa Regional Disease Surveillance (WARDS) Project. The WARDS project aims at strengthening regional disease surveillance and response systems in ECOWAS Member States and it is funded by the WBG for a period of (...)


Presentation of the findings of a feasibility study for a new project to strengthen epidemiological services and health systems in the ECOWAS region

Dakar – March 10, 2016: The Director General of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) together with a team met with the consortium Integrated Quality Laboratory Services (IQLS) and Management 4 Health (m4h). The meeting took place in the conference room of GIABA in Dakar on March 7, 2016 and the purpose was for the consortium IQLS-m4h to present the findings of a feasibility study they conducted on behalf of KfW and WAHO, for a new project to strengthen epidemiological services and (...)

 

 

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