Humanitarian Health Action

Angola news releases and feature stories


  • 14 February 2017

    The yellow fever outbreak in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo ends

    Brazzaville, 14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak in that country today following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past six months.


  • 19 August 2016

    Yellow fever situation report

    A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Luanda, Angola late in December 2015. The first cases were confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa on 19 January 2016 and by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • August 2016

    Mass vaccination campaign to protect millions against yellow fever in Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo

    One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa will start in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo this week as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more.

  • 4 July 2016

    Angola: Health authorities and partners embark on new phase of yellow fever outbreak

    As Angola’s yellow fever surveillance system across the country reports a remarkable decrease in the number of cases for the first time in six months, national authorities with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are beginning a new phase in the outbreak response.

  • 19 April 2016

    Angola extends yellow fever vaccination campaign to Huambo and Benguela provinces

    As Angola grapples with its worst yellow fever outbreak in decades, the Ministry of Health, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have extended the vaccination campaign beyond the capital Luanda into Huambo and Benguela – 2 of the other 5 provinces reporting local transmission.

  • 4 April 2016

    WHO Director-General visits Angola; urgent action needed to contain yellow fever outbreak

    The Director-General of WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, arrived today in Angola’s capital Luanda for a two-day visit to assess the situation of the current outbreak of yellow fever virus.


  • 11 October 2004

    Call for special fund for maternal and newborn health in Africa

    The third meeting of the Regional Reproductive Health Task Force in Africa in Harare ended with a recommendation for the establishment of a special fund for the acceleration of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in the African Region.


  • 23 May 2003

    Surveillance carried out in six provinces shows that HIV spread in Angola can be controlled

    Luanda -- WHO Experts expressed their concern over the HIV epidemic in Angola and it was concluded that more sentinel sites and surveys, both on biomarkers and behaviours were needed to design the epidemiological trend of the disease in the country.

  • 25 April 2004

    100 000 children and 1 500 pregnant women killed every year by Malaria in Angola

    Benguela -- "100 000 children under five years old, die of Malaria in Angola and 1500 pregnant women succumb to the same disease each year", Dr Paolo Balladelli, WHO Representative, announced on Africa Malaria Day, 25 April 2005.

  • 12 March 2003

    Emergencies cited as major threat to human health in Africa, as wars cost Region $15 billion per year

    Brazzaville -– Emergency situations caused by wars, civil strife and natural disasters constitute some of the most serious threats to health in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Ebrahim Samba, said Wednesday in Brazzaville.

  • 24 February 2003

    WHO takes the lead on Southern African Health Challenges

    Key Personnel from the World Health Organization have crystallized public challenges facing the six Southern African countries considered most vulnerable prevailing health hazards in the region.