Immunization partners call for renewed efforts to reach all African children with all life-saving vaccines

April 26, 2019

At the launch of the ninth African Vaccination Week in São Tomé and Príncipe on 24th April,  immunization partners stress the importance of countries remaining vigilant in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases. The global measles crisis is an urgent wake-up call to the need for countries to ensure that all children – no matter where […]

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Measures for Improved Lassa Fever Preparedness in Nigeria Paying-off

Decline in Lassa Fever Cases as NCDC Sustains Intensive Response

March 11, 2019

Over the last five weeks, there has been a decline in the number of new cases of Lassa fever reported in Nigeria. In addition, the country has witnessed a reduction in the number of people who have died from the disease, compared to 2018. Interacting with members of the press at a briefing held on […]

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A Global Pledge to End Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

March 1, 2019

For years, the global health community has raised concern about the growing resistance of microorganisms to antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance has been increasing year by year, and scientists estimate that approximately 10 million people could die every year as a result of antimicrobial resistance by 2050. In 2018, an Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Challenge – a yearlong […]

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Regional Collaboration Key to Attaining Health for All in West Africa

WAHO calls for Collaboration Among Medicines Regulatory Agencies

February 2, 2019

Access to healthcare as a human right can only be achieved when there’s access to quality medicines, in order to step up efforts to harmonize medicines registration, strengthen drug regulations and access to quality medicines in the region, the West African Health Organisation (WAHO), called for collaboration among the 15 countries medicines regulatory agencies in […]

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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Cost sub-Saharan Africa US$13 Billion Yearly

Experts issue recommendations to guide progress towards stronger immunization systems

January 24, 2019

Over the past five years, immunization coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has stagnated at 72%, exposing populations to vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks.  Global immunization experts attending the biannual Regional Immunization Technical Advisory Group (RITAG) meeting urged African countries to strengthen their routine immunization. In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 31 million children younger than 5 years suffer from […]

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#BREAKING: NCDC Activates Response to Increasing Lassa Fever Cases in Nigeria

January 22, 2019

Following an increase in the number of Lassa fever cases reported from several states since the beginning of the year, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has declared an outbreak for Lassa fever, and activated an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) to coordinate the response. There has been an increase in the number of Lassa […]

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Rapid diagnosis and intensified research crucial in managing Lassa Fever

January 21, 2019

“It has been half a century since Lassa fever was discovered in northern Nigeria, but healthcare workers in West Africa still urgently need appropriate equipment and training to safely manage patients of all ages affected by the disease. Research into better tools for timely diagnosis and treatment is also necessary to save more lives in […]

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Nigeria is Taking the Lead in the Control of Lassa Fever Globally- LIC2019

January 14, 2019

Ahead of the Lassa Fever International Conference, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control NCDC held a press conference to introduce LIC2019 to the media. In the last 50 years, Nigeria has recorded several pockets of Lassa Fever outbreaks, most of them going untracked due to the country’s capacity to tackle the diseases. “The last two […]

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Nigeria Hosts LASSA FEVER International Conference to Mark Fifty Years After Isolation of the Virus

January 8, 2019

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and its partners will host the first Lassa Fever International Conference between 16th and 17th of January 2019 in Abuja. This is to mark fifty years since the Lassa fever virus was first isolated, in a town in Nigeria. The opportunity created by the ‘anniversary’ of the discovery of […]

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign Amid Outbreak

November 30, 2018

Yellow fever is a viral hemorrhagic fever with high mortality caused by a flavivirus transmitted to humans via the domestic species of Aedes mosquitoes. It is a completely vaccine-preventable disease and a single shot provides immunity for a lifetime. The yellow fever vaccine is freely available to all children under one year as part of […]

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