Sub-Saharan African (West Africa)
Pathmos Foundation also supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of healthcare across sub-Saharan Africa.
West Africa has seen some of the most inspiring developments on the African continent; now the challenge is to ensure that people have equal and improved access to healthcare.
The region is home to nearly half of the 300 million poor people reported by the United Nations to be living on less than $1.25 a day in Africa. Malaria is endemic, HIV/AIDS remains a threat, and Ebola is lurking around the corner. Institutions are weak, and corruption is pervasive and widespread.
The goal of our work is to improve healthcare delivery systems, contribute to public policy regarding preventative healthcare in the region, and promote health information and electronic record keeping across the region.
Niger Sierra Leone
WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally
WHO and UNICEF today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first 2 years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually.
The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding underpin the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative, which both organizations launched in 1991. The practical guidance encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding.
WHO concerned about suspected chemical attacks in Syria
WHO is deeply alarmed by reports of the suspected use of toxic chemicals in Douma city, East Ghouta.
According to reports from Health Cluster partners, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. In particular, there were signs of severe irritation of mucous membranes, respiratory failure and disruption to central nervous systems of those exposed.
Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against yellow fever by 2026
Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners.
The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on Tuesday (10 April).