News Category: Central Africa

02 / 10 / 2019

AHO to eliminate the debilitating Guinea worm parasite by 2030

Dracunculiasis is Latin for “affliction with little dragons.” This parasitic infection, more commonly known as Guinea-worm disease, is contracted when a human drinks water contaminated with copepods (water fleas) that contain worm larvae. AHO plans to eliminate the disease by 2030 after failure by WHO and partners to eliminate it by 2020.

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09 / 09 / 2019

AHO strongly condemns breasts ironing and child marriage in Cameroon

Breast ironing is prevalent in Cameroon – with the number of girls who have been subjected to the painful practice estimated to be as high as one in three. This amounts to around 1.3 million

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22 / 08 / 2019

AHO to tackle measles in Africa as the disease claims over 2500 lives in the DRC

A measles epidemic has caused more than 2,700 deaths between January and early August in the DRC, killing more people in seven months than Ebola in one year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reported in a tweet read on Saturday.

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15 / 08 / 2019

AHO to develop new system for detecting and recording malaria as Burundi disputes UN malaria stats

The government of Burundi on Thursday officially disputed recent reports that close to half of its population were affected by malaria. Burundi Health Minister Thaddée Ndikumana told journalists the figures were lower – 4.3 million recorded cases (not 5.7 million), and that 1,400 not 1,800deaths had been recorded this year.

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16 / 05 / 2019

AHO says Ebola cases in Congo could double amid fears outbreak could cross borders

With health system at breaking point, uncertainty over how virus is being transmitted prompts fears it could range beyond DRC

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16 / 05 / 2019

AHO expresses grave concern as Congo Ebola outbreak gathers pace

Faltering national response to epidemic prompts concern over wider regional threat

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