NAIROBI, Kenya, -- With confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Algeria, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) and key health partners are strengthening cooperation to better coordinate readiness and response efforts across Africa. WHO convened a meeting in Nairobi this week, with representatives from the Kenyan Health Ministry, the African Union and key United Nations partner agencies in attendance. A parallel meeting was also taking place in Dakar with Francophone partners, also led by the WHO Regional Office for Africa.
This week’s meetings were to ensure that efforts are
coordinated, not duplicated, and that scarce resources are used in the
most effective way possible. At the meetings, a regional partner
coordination mechanism was establis...
community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in
combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC)GOMA,
Democratic Republic of Congo, February 20, 2020/ -- “In some places
they threw stones at us, but in others community leaders became engaged
and fought alongside us for the survival of their people,” says Dr
Freddy Banza, an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World
Health Organization (WHO).Gaining community trust and acceptance
has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst
Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr Banza
who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa, a small town in
the northeast of the DRC is keenly aware that without c...
The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January
7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian
countries, Europe and the United States.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO
chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system
to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus
entering country’s with weak systems.
Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict
screening at points of entry especially airports. Ivory Coast, Kenya,
Ethiopia and Botswana have recorded suspected cases. All except Botswana
have reported that the tests were negative. African airlines have
cancelled scheduled flights to China exc...