The United Nations' World Health Organisation will soon begin an Africa-based research programme on parasitic diseases.
The United Nations' World Health Organisation will soon begin an Africa-based research programme on parasitic diseases. It follows the first visit to Africa by the organisation's President, Dr. Halfdan Mahler. He arrived in Brazzaville on the 13th March.
Dr. Mahler visited Brazzaville, in the People's Republic of the Congo, on his first Africa tour since taking office in May last year.
The W.H.O. President bad talks during his four-day stay in Brazzaville with the President of the People's Republic, Marion Ngouabi and Health Minister Claude Empana.
The decision to set up a research organisation into African parasitic diseases was taken after the visit. Malaria alone kills a million children under four years of age annually.
At present the World Health Organisation allocates 22 million dollars (8,800,000 sterling) a year for study into malaria, sleeping sickness, snail fever and river blindness. A thousand million dollars (440 million sterling) is set aside for cancer research.
Following his visit to the World Health Organisation regional office in Brazzaville, Dr. Mahler flew to Geneva.