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SADC second extra-ordinary meeting for ministers of health on COVID-19

SADC second extra-ordinary meeting for ministers of health on COVID-19
It is my pleasure really to virtually come home to join you for this important meeting and share some reflections, as we review the progress in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and consider priorities going forward.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 12/05/2021 - 09:39

International Nurses Day, 12 May 2021

International Nurses Day, 12 May 2021
On 12 May every year, the world celebrates International Nurses Day in recognition of the tireless contribution of nurses to saving lives and providing quality care for their patients.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 12/05/2021 - 09:36

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 6 May 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 6 May 2021
Good morning and good afternoon to everyone joining us for this press conference, bonjour tout le monde. So, we are going to be talking about how African countries are preparing for a resurgence of COVID-19, which we hope will not come, and to update on the vaccine rollout.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 06/05/2021 - 12:29

International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2021

International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2021
WHO has designated 2021, the Year of the Health and Care Worker, and it is our great pleasure to join the International Confederation of Midwives, in celebrating the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 05/05/2021 - 11:43

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 29 April 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 29 April 2021
I’m very pleased to welcome for this conversation, Dr Christian Owoo, Ghana National COVID-19 Case Management Coordinator for Severe and Critical Diseases, who is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School, who will share with us his concerns for critical care services in the face of a possible resurgence. A warm welcome also to Dr Kaushik Ramaiya, the General secretary of the Tanzania DiabetesΒ Association and NCD Alliance. Dr Ramaiya will discuss what needs to be done to ensure that essential services are maintained.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 29/04/2021 - 11:38

COVID-19 vaccine rollout and sustainable financing of WHO

COVID-19 vaccine rollout and sustainable financing of WHO
Good morning, bonjour, bom dia: Welcome and I’d like to add my own sincere thanks to you for joining us for this briefing on COVID-19 vaccine rollout and to prepare for the second working group meeting on sustainable financing. We thought it was important to meet at this time to update on and discuss key issues and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which is a high priority for all of us.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 28/04/2021 - 10:12

Opening statement, Briefing with Ministers of Health on COVID-19 vaccine rollout and sustainable financing of WHO, 27 April 2021

Opening statement, Briefing with Ministers of Health on COVID-19 vaccine rollout and sustainable financing of WHO, 27 April 2021
Good morning, bonjour, bom dia: Welcome and I’d like to add my own sincere thanks to you for joining us for this briefing on COVID-19 vaccine rollout and to prepare for the second working group meeting on sustainable financing. We thought it was important to meet at this time to update on and discuss key issues and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which is a high priority for all of us.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 28/04/2021 - 10:12

African Vaccination Week 2021

African Vaccination Week 2021
This year we commemorate African Vaccination Week at a time when vaccines are on the highest of political agendas globally. Our theme this year is β€œVaccines bring us closer.” This is a reminder of the power of vaccines to fight disease, save lives and bring us closer to a healthier, safer and more prosperous future.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 26/04/2021 - 12:52

African Vaccination Week Launch, April 2021

African Vaccination Week Launch, April 2021
It is my pleasure to join you virtually for the launch of the 11th African Vaccination Week. Thank you very much to the Ministry of Health of Ghana for hosting this event at a time when vaccines are among the highest of political agendas globally. Our theme this year is β€œVaccines bring us closer.” This is a reminder of the power of vaccines to fight disease, save lives and bring us closer to a healthier, safer and more prosperous future.
elombatd@who.int Sat, 24/04/2021 - 16:32

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 22 April 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 22 April 2021

Remarks by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

elombatd@who.int Thu, 22/04/2021 - 14:13

World Malaria Day 2021

World Malaria Day 2021
It is World Malaria Day 2021 and we call on all stakeholders to draw the line against this disease, because all malaria cases and deaths are preventable. Although the WHO African Region accounts for virtually all 94% of global malaria cases and deaths, our countries have made progress in preventing both.
elombatd@who.int Tue, 20/04/2021 - 00:06

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 8 April 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 8 April 2021
It’s a great pleasure to welcome Dr Abdelhakim Yahyane, the Director of Population at Morocco’s Ministry of Health. Morocco has administered more COVID-19 vaccine doses than any other African country, and we will be very happy to hear more from DrΒ Yahyane how this impressive progress has been achieved.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 08/04/2021 - 13:30

World Health Day 7 April 2021

World Health Day 7 April 2021
This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate in building a fairer, healthier world. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on inequalities between countries.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 05/04/2021 - 11:38

Emerging and re-emerging threats and the benefits of preparedness

Emerging and re-emerging threats and the benefits of preparedness
Mesdames et Messieurs les chefs des institutions partenaires, Ladies and gentlemen: I’m really pleased to join you for this important discussion on the threat of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and how we can build resilience in African countries.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 29/03/2021 - 12:50

State of Health and EU and WHO cooperation in Africa

State of Health and EU and WHO cooperation in Africa
Good morning and bom dia! I’d like to thank Portugal as chair of the European Union for having invited me join you in this important conversation and I am glad to consider with you, the state of health in Africa, including priority actions that are needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and how the European Union and WHO can build on, and enhance, our cooperation on global health.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 29/03/2021 - 12:50

The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and the coordinating role of WHO.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and the coordinating role of WHO.
Greetings to Mr Carlos Trindade, President of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific and European Union partnership, to our moderator, to my fellow speakers and to all the partners and colleagues who joining this network meeting.
elombatd@who.int Sat, 06/03/2021 - 06:25

World TB Day 2021

World TB Day 2021
World TB Day on 24 March every year, is a stark reminder of the significant burden of this disease despite the existence of effective control interventions.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 24/03/2021 - 08:03

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 18 March 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 18 March 2021

Greetings to everyone participating in today’s press conference, bienvenue Γ  tous les collΓ¨gues de la presse. We’re going to be talking about the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines in African countries.

I am pleased to be joined for this conversation by the Honourable Minister of Health of Angola, my sister, Dr Silvia Lutucuta, and by Professor William Kwabena Ampofo, the Head of the Virology Department at Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research at the University of Ghana, and also the Chairperson of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative.

cadams@who.int Thu, 18/03/2021 - 16:22

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 4 March 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 4 March 2021
It is a great pleasure for me to be joined by Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the internationally renowned South African singer and humanitarian, philanthropist, health and rights advocate and my dear sister as well and by my colleague, Oulimata Sarr, Regional Director for UN Women West and Central Africa based in Dakar.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 11/03/2021 - 15:31

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 11 March 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 11 March 2021
I am pleased to be joined for this conversation today by Mrs Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo, the President of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association and by MrΒ Ferdinant Sonyuy, who is the Chair of the Secretariat and Central Africa Regional Representative of Africa Noncommunicable Diseases Network.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 11/03/2021 - 15:31

Seventh meeting of the EU–Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders Network, European Economic and Social Committee, 2 March 2021

Seventh meeting of the EU–Africa Economic and Social Stakeholders Network, European Economic and Social Committee, 2 March 2021
Greetings to Mr Carlos Trindade, President of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific and European Union partnership, to our moderator, to my fellow speakers and to all the partners and colleagues who joining this network meeting.
elombatd@who.int Sat, 06/03/2021 - 06:25

International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021
On 8 March every year, the world celebrates International Women’s Day to recognize the achievements of women and to take stock of progress towards gender equality.
elombatd@who.int Tue, 02/03/2021 - 15:44

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 25 February 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 25 February 2021

Remarks by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

elombatd@who.int Thu, 25/02/2021 - 11:43

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 18 February 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 18 February 2021
I am pleased to be joined by Dr Mohamed Lamine YansanΓ©, Senior adviser to the Minister of Health in Guinea, bonjour et bienvenue Dr YansanΓ©, where there is an outbreak of Ebola which was recently detected, and by Dr Ngonda Saasa, who is the Head of Disease Control at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zambia, who will speak about how the new variants are affecting the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Zambia.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 18/02/2021 - 12:13

Briefing with Ministers of Health on COVID-19 vaccination in the African Region

Briefing with Ministers of Health on COVID-19 vaccination in the African Region
Good morning and I’d like to express our sincere thanks, first of all to you chair for working with us in preparing this meeting and the Honourable Ministers and the delegates of countries for joining this meeting on the COVID-19 vaccines, as countries in our Region get set to embark on the largest ever global immunization drive.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 17/02/2021 - 12:31

International Childhood Cancer Day, 15 February 2021

International Childhood Cancer Day, 15 February 2021

Remarks by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

Bonjour, good morning, bom dia to all our Excellencies and participants and partners who have joined us.

Votre Excellence, Ministre de la SantΓ© du Burkina Faso, Professeur Charlemagne OuΓ©draogo

Votre Excellence, Monsieur le Ministre de la SantΓ© de Mauritanie et autres excellences qui sont avec nous,

Executive Vice President of Saint Jude Global, Dr Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo,

PrΓ©sident du Groupe Franco-Africain d’Oncologie PΓ©diatrique, Professor Pierre Bey,

elombatd@who.int Mon, 15/02/2021 - 16:36

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 11 February 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 11 February 2021
I am pleased to be joined today by Her Excellency Dr Hala Zaid, the Minister of Health and Population of Egypt, which was the first country in Africa to detect a case of COVID-19 and Her Excellency Dr Zaid will share reflections on Egypt’s response to this virus over the past year.Β  A warm welcome to you, Your Excellency. Thank you for having joined us.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 11/02/2021 - 15:29

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 4 February 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 4 February 2021
Good morning and good afternoon to all the journalists and everyone participating in this press conference on the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 04/02/2021 - 14:51

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2021

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February 2021
The theme of this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February is "No Time for Global Inaction: Unite, Fund, and Act to end FGM."
elombatd@who.int Thu, 04/02/2021 - 09:38

World Cancer Day, 4 February 2021

World Cancer Day, 4 February 2021
Today, on 4 February, WHO joins the international community in commemorating World Cancer Day under the theme β€œI am and I will”, marking the end point of this three-year campaign, which has sought to reduce fear, increase understanding and change behaviours and attitudes around cancer.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 01/02/2021 - 17:06

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 28 January 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 28 January 2021
I am very pleased to be joined by Professor Tulio de Oliveira, who is the Director of KRISP at Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in South Africa and by Dr Amadou Sall, who is the Director of Institut Pasteur in Senegal.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 28/01/2021 - 14:31

Polio Eradication and Polio Transition Planning -Β 148th session of the WHO Executive Board

Polio Eradication and Polio Transition Planning -Β 148th session of the WHO Executive Board
My WHO AFRO colleagues and I were honored and excited to be part of the joyful celebration by our Member States and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners of the historic achievement last year, of the certification of regional interruption of wild poliovirus.
elombatd@who.int Tue, 26/01/2021 - 14:08

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 21 January 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 21 January 2021
I am very pleased to be joined in this briefing by two colleagues, two friends and brothers, Mr Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa and Mr Thabani Maphosa, Managing Director of Country Programmes with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 21/01/2021 - 14:41

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 14 January 2021

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 14 January 2021
I am very pleased to be joined in this briefing by two colleagues, friends, and leaders, a brother and sister who are working very hard on COVID-19 in Africa. First,Β  Professor Francisca MutapiΒ of the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who is theΒ  Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. A warm welcome and Happy New Year to both of you.
elombatd@who.int Sun, 17/01/2021 - 06:11

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 3 December 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 3 December 2020
Good morning, good afternoon, and thank you all for joining this press conference. It is my great pleasure to announce the launch of the Africa Infodemic Response Alliance, or AIRA.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:12

World AIDS Day 2020

World AIDS Day 2020
On 1 December every year, the global community comes together to mark World AIDS Day to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 30/11/2020 - 10:04

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 26 November 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 26 November 2020

Remarks by WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti

Good morning, good afternoon, bonjour and thank you all for having joined us today to talk about COVID-19 vaccine readiness in the African Region.

A warm hello and welcome to colleagues and friends. I hope Helen will be joining us soon, Professor Helen Rees but hello to Professor Pontiano Kaleebu, and Professor Fredrick Were. Thank you so much for having taken the time to join this conversation today.

elombatd@who.int Mon, 30/11/2020 - 06:28

Pandemics: Building Back Better After COVID-19

Pandemics: Building Back Better After COVID-19
I’d like first to recognize and thank Loyce Pace, the President and Director of Global Health Council for having invited me to this panel. Loyce is an old friend and colleague and I’d like to congratulate Loyce for the important role that she’s going to be playing going into the future. I’d like to greet my fellow panelists. It’s so great to be with you and I look forward very much to a wonderful conversation. I’d also like to greet those who have joined us, our guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 25/11/2020 - 15:24

Welcome to the resumed 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa

Welcome to the resumed 70th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa
Honourable Minister of Health of the Population, and of Women’s Promotion and Integration of the Republic of Congo, and Chairperson of the Seventieth session of the Regional Committee for Africa, Madame Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo,
elombatd@who.int Tue, 24/11/2020 - 13:09

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 19 November 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 19 November 2020
Good morning, good afternoon, Bonjour, tout le monde and thank you all for joining us for this press conference on the possible resurgence of cases in Africa and how countries are preparing as we approach the holiday season.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 19/11/2020 - 20:55

Joint WHO and UNICEF Call to Action on Polio and Measles

Joint WHO and UNICEF Call to Action on Polio and Measles
On the eve of the 73rd World Health Assembly, WHO and UNICEF jointly issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunization services worldwide, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.Β 
elombatd@who.int Thu, 12/11/2020 - 15:12

Statement on polio to the World Health Assembly

Statement on polio to the World Health Assembly
Honourable Ministers, dear delegates and colleagues, I would like to start first of all by congratulating the governments, the partners, the communities, including frontline workers, survivors and caregivers, for your support and efforts in kicking wild poliovirus out of the WHO African Region. We celebrated this historic milestone in August, following more than 25 years of solidarity, dedication and an incredible effort to reach every community.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 12/11/2020 - 15:11

Statement on health emergencies to the World Health Assembly

Statement on health emergencies to the World Health Assembly
As has been said already, health workers in African countries and in other countries, our colleagues in WHO, UN partners and others, have worked tirelessly and continue to work tirelessly on the COVID-19 response to save lives and mitigate socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. We know that the most vulnerable communities are suffering the most.
elombatd@who.int Wed, 11/11/2020 - 09:21

World Diabetes Day 2020

World Diabetes Day 2020
On 14 November, the international community commemorates World Diabetes Day to raise awareness of this chronic disease. This is particularly important in the African Region, where more than half of the 19 million people living with diabetes don’t know they have it.
elombatd@who.int Fri, 06/11/2020 - 11:38

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 5 November 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 5 November 2020
Good morning, good afternoon, bonjour and I’d like to thank all our colleagues from the press for having joined us for this press conference today indeed to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted on the provision and on access to essential health services in Africa.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 05/11/2020 - 17:11

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 29 October 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 29 October 2020

Good morning, good afternoon, bonjour and thank you for joining this press conference on how COVID-19 is spurring and stimulating innovation in Africa, with more than 120 health innovations piloted or adopted on the continent just this year.

cadams@who.int Fri, 30/10/2020 - 10:12

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 22 October 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 22 October 2020
Good morning, good afternoon, bonjour, bom dia to everyone and thank you all for joining this press conference on how the widespread use of high-quality rapid testing in Africa can revolutionize the continent’s response to COVID-19. I’m pleased to be joined in this conversation by Professor Abdoulaye Toure, the Director-General of the National Institute of Public Health in Guinea, bienvenue le professeur, and Dr Susan Ndidde Nabadda, who is the head of the National Health Laboratory in Uganda. Welcome, Dr Susan.
cadams@who.int Thu, 22/10/2020 - 12:54

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 15 October 2020

Opening statement, COVID-19 Press Conference, 15 October 2020
Thank you very much to colleagues from the Africa CDC and to colleagues from the media as well. Your role in letting people know what’s happening in the collective effort to contain this pandemic is extremely important. Thank you, John, for the invitation to join this press conference. I’m very pleased to have this conversation about what countries have achieved over the past eight months and the priorities going forward in the COVID-19 response.
elombatd@who.int Thu, 08/10/2020 - 12:34

World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day 2020
In celebration of World Mental Health Day 2020, this year’s theme is β€œMove for Mental Health: Let’s Invest” to advocate for increased international and domestic financing for mental health and well-being.
elombatd@who.int Mon, 05/10/2020 - 14:26
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