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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian is New Who Director-General

The WHO has Tuesday elected elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian, as its new Director-General. He will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007. Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012-2016 and as Minister

Unprecedented New Organizational Reforms for WHO in the African Region Announced

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa announced Monday four new flagship programs for the region over the next two years, including a major push on adolescent health and the creation of regional emergency hubs. She also announced that WHO country offices in the African region will be held accountable to a mandatory

IITA donates 35,930 kilos ‘Seeds of Renaissance’ to Nigeria

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Monday donated about 35,930 kilograms of seeds to the Borno state government as part of efforts to cushion the humanitarian crisis in the northeastern part of Nigeria. The donation, which is perhaps the largest quantity of seeds being offered to Nigeria in recent times, is an initiative of

Orange-fleshed sweetpotato in school meals improves nutrition in Nigeria

The inclusion of Orange Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) in wheat bread and school meals has led to the boost of the nutritional status of children and could help Nigeria to reduce its imports of wheat drastically. Developed by the International Potato Center (abbreviated by Spanish acronym CIP) and partners, the OFSP varieties are rich in Vitamin

Plea to end world’s biggest killers, schistosomiasis as G20 Health Ministers meet in Berlin

Health organizations from across the world come together to demand action on global health issues, including neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as schistosomiasis during the B20 Health Conference which takes place ahead of the G20 Health Ministers meeting at the Humboldthafen in Berlin, Germany. Schistosomiasis is the biggest killer millions have probably never heard of,

Kenya on spot over viper exports

By Gitonga Njeru Kenya recently restricted trade in two endemic viper species. But can a country riddled with corruption stop the trafficking before it’s too late for the snakes? Early this year Kenyan authorities placed tight new restrictions on the trade and export of several snake species, including the Kenya horned viper (Bitis worthingtoni) and

WHO, partners call for action to improve adolescent health

Africa is shouldering the lion’s share of the number of young people who die every day from preventable causes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2015, more than two thirds—some 855 000 10 to 19-year-olds—died in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South East Asia. In a new report released Tuesday, WHO

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