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Coronavirus – Africa: United Nations in West and Central Africa concerned over increased vulnerabilities of migrants amid COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: United Nations in West and Central Africa concerned over increased vulnerabilities of migrants amid COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
Over 30,000 migrants are currently stranded at borders and more than 2,000 are waiting to be assisted in overcrowded transit centers where they are at heightened risk of COVID-19 infectionDAKAR, Senegal, July 3, 2020/ -- The Regional United Nations Network on Migration together with the Regional UN-SDG COVID-19 Executive Committee in West and Central Africa are concerned with the wellbeing of millions of migrants across the region amid the COVID-19 crisis. While they face the same health threats from COVID-19 as any other human being, migrants may be exposed to a higher level of vulnerability linked to discrimination and exclusion in their living and working conditions or in their access to basic services including healthcare. Under these difficult circumstances, migrants may be at risk o...
Coronavirus – Africa: United Nations in West and Central Africa concerned over increased vulnerabilities of migrants amid COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: United Nations in West and Central Africa concerned over increased vulnerabilities of migrants amid COVID-19

HEALTH
DAKAR, Senegal, July 4, 2020 -- The Regional United Nations Network on Migration together with the Regional UN-SDG COVID-19 Executive Committee in West and Central Africa are concerned with the wellbeing of millions of migrants across the region amid the COVID-19 crisis. While they face the same health threats from COVID-19 as any other human being, migrants may be exposed to a higher level of vulnerability linked to discrimination and exclusion in their living and working conditions or in their access to basic services including healthcare. Under these difficult circumstances, migrants may be at risk of abuse and other human rights violations. Over 30,000 migrants are currently stranded at borders and more than 2,000 are waiting to be assisted in overcrowded transit centers where they...
Coronavirus: Why surviving the virus may be just the beginning.

Coronavirus: Why surviving the virus may be just the beginning.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
The first thing Simon Farrell can remember, after being woken from a medically induced coma, is trying to tear off his oxygen mask. He had been in intensive care for 10 days, reliant on a ventilator just to breathe. "I was trying to pull the mask off my face, and the nurse kept putting it back on," he recalls. When doctors woke him up, his body had fought off the worst of Covid-19 but he still needed oxygen to support his damaged lungs. And the 46-year-old father-of-two was suffering from such severe delirium he was trying to deny himself the oxygen he required. "Try to stop me," he remembers saying, when nurses at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said they would have to put his hands in boxing glove-sized medical mittens unless he relaxed. "In the end they had to tape...
UGANDA: Masaka Covid-19 patient who filmed hospital situation to be investigated.

UGANDA: Masaka Covid-19 patient who filmed hospital situation to be investigated.

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
The security team in Masaka is currently investigating the motive of the Covid-19 patient who filmed and decried the ‘dire’ situation at Masaka hospital Covid-19 treatment ward. According to the Masaka District Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Herman Ssentongo, the patient might have had a hidden agenda in recording the video that has since gone viral on social media. The patient under investigation is Mary Aliona, a former nurse who was admitted at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital as an asymptomatic Covid-19 patient. According to the Ministry of Health, Aliona was admitted at the hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 at the Mutukula border point while trying to cross to Tanzania. RDC Ssentongo while addressing journalists on Thursday said they want establish how A...
Ecobank Group spearheads new private sector initiative to end malaria

Ecobank Group spearheads new private sector initiative to end malaria

HEALTH
LOME, Togo, July 3, 2020/ -- Yesterday, Ecobank Group (www.Ecobank.com) confirms its commitment to support ending malaria, launching the first-of-its-kind Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative in partnership with Dakar-based not-for-profit strategic communications and advocacy organization, Speak Up Africa, and the UN-hosted RBM Partnership to End Malaria.The new programme is set out to drive private-sector engagement on the fight against malaria in Africa. It supports the Pan-African Zero Malaria Starts with Me Movement, led by the African Union and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria launched two years ago today by African Heads of States at the 31st African Union Summit in Nouakchott.The collaboration will support malaria affected countries across the continent, starting with Beni...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Over 84,000 children with severe acute malnutrition already treated this year in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Over 84,000 children with severe acute malnutrition already treated this year in South Sudan

HEALTH
JUBA, South Sudan, July 3, 2020/ -- 84,625 children with severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan were treated in inpatient and outpatient therapeutic centers since the beginning of the year, UNICEF announced. This is one of the many results that UNICEF and its partners have been able to obtain in the challenging environment of COVID-19, which is continuing to unfold across South Sudan.The number of cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan is rapidly growing, as are the number of deaths related to the disease. UNICEF has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, coordinating with the Government efforts in promoting access to water, sanitation and hygiene to prevent and control infections, as well as risk communication and community engagement to ensure communities are informed and engaged i...
Coronavirus – Africa: Quarantine Measures threaten Aviation Restart in Africa and the Middle East

Coronavirus – Africa: Quarantine Measures threaten Aviation Restart in Africa and the Middle East

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 3, 2020/ -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of COVID-19 cases.Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40% of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80% of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in lockdown even if their borders are open.  “It is critical that AME governments implement alternatives to quarantine measures. AME has the highest number of countries in the world with government-imposed quarantine measures on arriving p...
HEALTH: Ecobank Group spearheads new private sector initiative to end malaria

HEALTH: Ecobank Group spearheads new private sector initiative to end malaria

HEALTH
Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative supports global movement for malaria elimination in AfricaLOME, Togo, July 2, 2020/ -- Today, Ecobank Group (www.Ecobank.com) confirms its commitment to support ending malaria, launching the first-of-its-kind Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative in partnership with Dakar-based not-for-profit strategic communications and advocacy organization, Speak Up Africa, and the UN-hosted RBM Partnership to End Malaria.The new programme is set out to drive private-sector engagement on the fight against malaria in Africa. It supports the Pan-African Zero Malaria Starts with Me Movement, led by the African Union and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria launched two years ago today by African Heads of States at the 31st African Union Summit in Nouakchott....
“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

HEALTH
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 2, 2020/ -- Ethiopia’s ‘One’ model, under which the government runs its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Program, (https://bit.ly/2Bif7lh) has steadily improved the well-being of the country’s rural and urban communities, top local officials say. “The ‘One’ here means we have one account, one budget and one report in one consolidated WASH Account,” says Tadesse Masresha, Coordinator for the Regional WASH Coordination Office in Oromia Region. The scheme combines the construction of infrastructure to extend access to water and sanitation to new areas and the revamping of disused equipment such as pumping stations and pipelines. The program also provides technical training to maintenance personnel and users to ensure the sustainability of the inf...
New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

HEALTH
BASEL, Switzerland, June 30, 2020/ -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) yesterday announced agreements with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Novartis (www.Novartis.com), and Mylan to expand access to 20 lifesaving cancer treatments in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Purchasers are expected to save an average of 59 percent for medicines procured through the agreements. “With the rapidly growing burden of cancer in Africa, it is crucial that we improve and expand access to high-quality, affordable treatment. These agreements build on those announced in 2017 that have already delivered substantial savings and increased treatment availability in several countries, including Nigeria. By targeting the treatment needed for the cance...
AFRICA: Global Leaders Map strategies for Africa’s Post COVID-19 Recovery at the 4th ALM Virtual Africa Summit 2020

AFRICA: Global Leaders Map strategies for Africa’s Post COVID-19 Recovery at the 4th ALM Virtual Africa Summit 2020

CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, WORLD
A panel discussion on the theme also presented an opportunity for experts to share their views of Post COVID-19 recovery pathways for the continentPORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom, June 29, 2020/ -- According to a report by the AU, Africa will lose about 20 million jobs in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A study conducted by the global auditing firm McKinsey “Tackling COVID-19 in Africa,” stated that Africa's economies could experience a loss of between $90 billion and $200 billion in 2020. The scale of disruption caused by COVID-19, which has been further exacerbated by poor health infrastructure in the continent, has been of grave concern to business, political and diplomatic leaders in the continent and beyond. In response to the growing concern, and as part of its mandate of evolving sol...
HEALTH: New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

HEALTH: New Agreements to Expand Access to 20 Lifesaving Cancer Medicines for Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

AFRICA, ASIA, HEALTH
Cancer Access Partnership is expected to result in a 59 percent savings on procured cancer medicinesBASEL, Switzerland, June 29, 2020/ -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) today announced agreements with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Novartis, and Mylan to expand access to 20 lifesaving cancer treatments in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Purchasers are expected to save an average of 59 percent for medicines procured through the agreements.“With the rapidly growing burden of cancer in Africa, it is crucial that we improve and expand access to high-quality, affordable treatment. These agreements build on those announced in 2017 that have already delivered substantial savings and increased treatment availability in several coun...
HEALTH: The hidden risks of cooking your food.

HEALTH: The hidden risks of cooking your food.

HEALTH
From creating toxic chemicals to an increased risk of lung cancer, the latest evidence suggests that some types of cooking come with health risks. What can be done to avoid them? “The whole reason that we evolved as humans is because we started cooking our food,” says Jenna Macciochi, firmly. “When we only had a raw diet, we had to be eating constantly, because our bodies struggled to get the nutrients out of raw food.” Biologists have long agreed with Macciochi, who studies how a person’s nutrition and lifestyle interact with their immune system at the University of Sussex. In fact, there’s a substantial back catalogue of evidence that suggests that human evolution is directly linked to the use of fire. When our ancestors cooked and processed their food, they made it easier to e...
Coronavirus – Egypt: Health care workers forced to make impossible choice between ‘death or jail’

Coronavirus – Egypt: Health care workers forced to make impossible choice between ‘death or jail’

HEALTH
LONDON, United Kingdom, June 29, 2020/ -- The Egyptian authorities must immediately stop their campaign of harassment and intimidation against frontline health care workers who express safety concerns or criticize the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, Amnesty International said today. The organization documented how Egyptian authorities have used vague and overly broad charges of "spreading false news" and "terrorism" to arbitrarily arrest and detain health care workers who speak out and have subjected them to threats, harassment and punitive administrative measures. Those targeted by the authorities have denounced unsafe working conditions, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, insufficient infection control training, limited testing of health care workers, and...
Coronavirus – Kenya: Concern over Covid-19 infections within health care facilities

Coronavirus – Kenya: Concern over Covid-19 infections within health care facilities

HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, June 29, 2020/ -- The Government has raised concerns over incidences of COVID-19 cross infections within health care facilities. “This is a matter the Ministry is taking seriously, and I want to appeal to all hospitals, public and private, to be extremely careful, and put in-place measures that reduces the slightest possibility of cross-infection,” the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi said after announcing new cases of COVID-19 in the country. “Today, we have 278 people testing positive from 4,074 samples that were run in the last 24 hours. This now brings 5,811 the total number of confirmed cases in the country, from a cumulative figure of 162, 478 tests,” she noted. Today’s cases, all, except two are Kenyans, 181 are males and...
Coronavirus – Kenya: Government adopts community based approach to improve health outcome

Coronavirus – Kenya: Government adopts community based approach to improve health outcome

HEALTH
NAIROBI, Kenya, June 29, 2020/ -- The Ministry of Health has adopted a community based approach, that places County Governments and the people, at the centre of community health, particularly on COVID-19 related matters. The community health approach is a strategy that has been globally recognized, as an effective way for making improvements in health care delivery, as well as addressing the burden of diseases, and therefore, contributing to the health and socioeconomic development. The announcement was made today by the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Health, Dr. Mercy Mwangangi during the COVID-19 media update. The community based approach is a key pillar of the Primary Health Care approach adopted by countries, Kenya included in 1978, through the Alma Ata Declaration ...
Coronavirus – Egypt: British Embassy holds virtual healthcare webinar on COVID-19

Coronavirus – Egypt: British Embassy holds virtual healthcare webinar on COVID-19

HEALTH
CAIRO, Egypt, June 29, 2020/ -- The British Embassy in Egypt, through the work of the UK Department for International Trade hosted a virtual meeting for 30 leading British and Egyptian healthcare companies to discuss their ongoing efforts to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar brought together key decision makers from the Egyptian and UK public and private sectors. Four representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Health were joined by Healthcare UK, Ain Shams University Hospitals, Cleopatra Hospital, Vodafone, GSK, Integrated Diagnostics Holdings, the Saudi German Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, Public Health England, Royal Colleges, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The attendees shared their expertise in dealing with some the challenges ...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Dr. Osagie Ehanire meets Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC), seeks support for National Health Sector COVID-19 Response Plan

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Dr. Osagie Ehanire meets Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC), seeks support for National Health Sector COVID-19 Response Plan

HEALTH
ABUJA, Nigeria, June 29, 2020/ -- The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has sought for the support of the Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC) for the newly developed Integrated National Health Sector Covid-19 Response Plan derived from Pillar 4, Priority Area 1 of the NSHDP 11.  The plan is to ensure defined responsibilities and harmonization of efforts across the Federal and States and non-interruption of non COVID-19 routine health services. This came to fore when the Honourable Minister held a virtual meeting with the Health Partners Coordinating Committee (HPCC) on Friday, 26th June, 2020. Dr. Ehanire sought for the HPCC to recall that Nigeria had earlier demonstrated commitment towards improving its health sector outputs and outcomes and achieving Univers...
Coronavirus – Ivory Coast: Harm reduction continues for people who use drugs during COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire

Coronavirus – Ivory Coast: Harm reduction continues for people who use drugs during COVID-19 in Côte d’Ivoire

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, June 27, 2020/ -- It’s 10 in the morning in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Like every morning, Arouna Bakari (not his real name), mask on his face, washes his hands before entering a “smoking room”, as people who use drugs call the open drug-taking places in Abidjan. He checks that the hand washing sink installed in front of the smoking room is working properly. He can now start his work and distribute prevention equipment against COVID-19 to the people who gather there. Mr Bakari works for Parole Autour de la Sante (PAS), a community-led organization made up of people who use drugs and former people who use drugs, their relatives and social scientists. It operates the first “therapeutic community”, a mixed residential programme for people who use drugs, in western Afr...
Coronavirus – Africa: Recover Better Together Action Forum.

Coronavirus – Africa: Recover Better Together Action Forum.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH
Ms. Mohammed stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic has made the promise of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more relevant and vital than everNEW YORK, United States of America, June 27, 2020/ -- The United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed convened and opened the Recover Better Together Action Forum this morning. Over 300 participants, 40 speakers, including Ministers of Finance, International Cooperation and Foreign Affairs, ambassadors and partners from the private sector and civil society shared their experience in dealing with the socio-economic effects of COVID-19 and committed to recover better from the crisis. Heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes and Resident Coordinators leading the UN’s COVID-19 response and recovery on the groun...