WHO Africa Region: Better health information for better health

2 July, 2021

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Better health information for better health

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted once again the crucial importance of having timely reliable data and information to make decisions when time is of essence.

By gbianchi Fri, 06/25/2021 - 12:43 


The COVID-19 pandemic has placed incredible additional pressure on health systems across Africa. It has highlighted once again the crucial importance of having timely reliable data and information to make decisions when time is of essence.

Data and information that help to assess the impact of the disease – knowing, for instance, the number of people infected in a specific area – will affect the ability of policy makers to decide when it is time to impose a lockdown or curfew, whom to vaccinate first, and how better to continue guaranteeing routine health services.



More doses needed to curb the third wave of COVID 19 in Africa.

As coronavirus cases increase in the African region, countries in the region are taking action to increase vaccination

By sys Mon, 06/28/2021 - 13:23 

[Credit: WHO / Blink Media - Nana Kofi Acquah.]

Alarming increase in coronavirus cases.

For several weeks now, the WHO Regional Office for Africa has been warning that the continent would experience its third wave of coronavirus if countries did not rapidly strengthen public health measures.

In the week of 7-13 June, the African region recorded a 36.3% increase in new cases. Twenty-four countries experienced an increase in the number of weekly cases with some countries such as Mozambique, Rwanda and Senegal experiencing an increase of 20% or more. The countries most affected by this third wave remain Uganda, Namibia and South Africa. In terms of lethality, the figures are also regrettably increasing. For example, Mali and Burkina Faso have shown a high case fatality rate in recent weeks.


Feature / Access to essential services /

Pulse survey on the continuity of Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemic

One year from the onset of the pandemic the 40 countries in the African region taking part in the survey were still reporting one or more disruptions of key health services

By gbianchi Fri, 06/25/2021 - 13:13 

“Many gains have been made in Africa in the last two decades, including in the management of communicable and non-communicable diseases and critical cases, but these have been rapidly lost in just over one year due to the massive repurposing of care and resources towards COVID-19 efforts,” Dr Christian Owoo, Ghana’s COVID-19 case management coordinator and national lead for severe and critically ill patients, told a recent press briefing of the World Health Organization regional office for Africa.


HIFA profile: Pascal Mouhouelo is Head Librarian at WHO/AFRO. He is also a trainer for biomedical researchers using the HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme, which offers free or very low cost online access to the major journals in biomedical not-for-profit institutions in developing countries. He is also Coordinator of the African Index Medicus and the lead author of a PLOS Medicine 2006 article "Where There Is No Internet: Delivering Health Information via the Blue Trunk Libraries." which describes a practical way to address the local absence of internet and contemporary medical textbooks in many African health care settings. Pascal is a member of the HIFA working bgroup on Library and Information Services and is also a HIFA Country representative.




mouhouelop AT afro.who.int