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Coronavirus – Egypt: UNAIDS participates with WHO and partners in the launch of training resource on “Primary health care practice in the context of COVID-19”

Coronavirus – Egypt: UNAIDS participates with WHO and partners in the launch of training resource on “Primary health care practice in the context of COVID-19”

HEALTH
CAIRO, Egypt -- Within the successful  partnership under the Regional Health Forum, and the “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All”, which identifies PHC as the primary driver in achieving SDG 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; World Health Organization collaborates with UN partners and  World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) to support countries in adopting this comprehensive integrated approach. UNAIDS participates with WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean and other partners in the launch of a new online training resource on “Primary health care (PHC) practice in the context of COVID-19”, tomorrow, Monday, 7 September 2020. The online training aims to support PHC personnel in their efforts to maintain esse...
Coronavirus – Uganda: WHO works with the Army to educate a fishing community about COVID-19 in Uganda

Coronavirus – Uganda: WHO works with the Army to educate a fishing community about COVID-19 in Uganda

HEALTH
KAMPALA, Uganda -- At Rwenshama point of entry on the shores of Lake Edward in Rukungiri district, western Uganda, it’s a warm windy day and the place is bustling with activity. At one end, many sailors in groups of over eight are standing by their boats and preparing their nets for the day’s catch. On the other side, others are preparing to set off into the lake while in a permanent shelter, another group has displayed their catch for the day for all to see and buy the fish of their choice. Waterbucks are seen sunbathing in a distance. The air is filled with the smell of fish and there are lots of people, very few are putting on a face mask and all people are very close to one another. Those putting on facemasks do not have their noses covered. As our World Health Organization (WHO...
Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report

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BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the) -- The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the WHO African Region continues to decrease in the past six weeks. Since our last External Situation Report 26 issued on 26August 2020, a total of 41 614 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1 363 new deaths were reported from 46 countries between 26 August and 1 September 2020. This is a 21% decrease in cases as compared to 52 544 cases registered during the previous reporting period (19-25August 2020). At the same time, a 13% (1 363) decrease in the total number of deaths was recorded compared to the previous week when 1 562 deaths were registered. Overall, South Africa continues to bear the highest burden of COVID-19 in Africa, accounting for nearly half of all new cases, 37% (15 242), repor...
Coronavirus: WHO Guidance on the use of corticosteroids in patients with COVID-19

Coronavirus: WHO Guidance on the use of corticosteroids in patients with COVID-19

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GENEVA, Switzerland, September 2, 2020/ -- WHO has published guidance for clinicians and health care decision-makers on the use of corticosteroids in patients with COVID-19.We recommend systemic corticosteroids for the treatment of patients with severe and critical COVID-19. We suggest not to use corticosteroids in the treatment of patients with non-severe COVID-19 as the treatment.Corticosteroids are listed in the WHO model list of essential medicines, readily available globally at a low cost.  This guidance was developed in collaboration with the non-profit Magic Evidence Ecosystem Foundation (MAGIC), which provided methodologic support to develop and disseminate living guidance for COVID-19 drug treatments.Work on this guidance began on 22 June when the RECOVERY trial publish...
WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

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BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the) -- Please join an online media briefing with representatives from the World Health Organization (https://www.WHO.int/), Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Equatorial Guinea.  The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about COVID-19 in Africa. The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group.Speakers Dr Richard Mihigo, World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, Programme Area Manager, Immunization and Vaccine Development (The importance of COVAX for Africa and the benefits it will bring to African countries)Dr Richard Hatchett, Chief Executive Officer, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (What CEPI is doing to ensure rapid development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccin...
In WHO global pulse survey, 90% of countries report disruptions to essential health services since COVID-19 pandemic​

In WHO global pulse survey, 90% of countries report disruptions to essential health services since COVID-19 pandemic​

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland -- WHO to roll out learning and monitoring tools to improve service provision during pandemic The World Health Organization (WHO) today published a first indicative survey on the impact of COVID-19 on health systems based on 105 countries’ reports. Data collected from five regions over the period from March to June 2020 illustrate that almost every country (90%) experienced disruption to its health services, with low- and middle-income countries reporting the greatest difficulties.  Most countries reported that many routine and elective services have been suspended, while critical care - such as cancer screening and treatment and HIV therapy – has seen high-risk interruptions in low-income countries. "The survey shines a light on the cracks in our ...
Coronavirus – Africa: WHO, UNICEF urge safe school reopening in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO, UNICEF urge safe school reopening in Africa

HEALTH
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), August 21, 2020/ -- The unprecedented and prolonged school closures aimed at keeping students safe from COVID-19 are harming them in other ways, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF said today, urging governments in Africa to promote the safe reopening of schools while taking measures to limit the spread of the virus. A WHO survey of 39 countries in sub-Saharan Africa found that schools are fully open in only six countries. They are closed in 14 countries and partially open (exam classes) in 19 others. Around a dozen countries are planning to resume classroom learning in September, which is the start of the academic year in some countries. However, the impact of extended education disruption is significant. It includes among others: poor n...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: With EU support, WHO enhances standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: With EU support, WHO enhances standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in South Sudan

HEALTH
JUBA, South Sudan, July 30, 2020/ -- Over 50 health workers in Juba have been trained this past week with the aim to enhance standard infection prevention and control practices in laboratories and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and other infectious diseases. With funding from the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the South Sudan Ministry of Health has trained laboratory experts on principles of COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in the laboratory. The training emphasized imparting competencies on universal precautions and safe handling, segregation, disinfection and disposal of infectious and hazardous laboratory waste. The trainees were also oriented on the current WHO IPC guidelines for managing COVID-19 sample...
WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa

HEALTH
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 30, 2020/ -- Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (www.afro.who.int), Dr. Matshidiso Moeti and World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the COVID-19 in Africa. The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group.Speakers include: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for AfricaDr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. Date: Thursday 30 JulyTime: 12:00 Brazzaville/Kinshasa Time GMT +1 / 13:00 Cairo TimeTo attend, please register at: https://APO-opa.com/whoInterpretation will be provided in Ara...
WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on health worker infections in Africa

WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on health worker infections in Africa

HEALTH
Ask your questions to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 22, 2020/ -- Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) (https://www.afro.WHO.int/) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, and International Maternal Health & Midwifery Specialist, Dr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the COVID-19 and health worker infections in Africa. The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group. Speakers include: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for AfricaDr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi, International Maternal Health & Midwifery Specialist Date: Thursday 23 July ...
Record number of new coronavirus cases announced by WHO

Record number of new coronavirus cases announced by WHO

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A record number of new confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded across the globe on Saturday, with more than 250,000 cases reported, the World Health Organization said. It was the first time the number of new single-day infections topped a quarter-million, the health agency added, with 259,848 cases recorded. The United States, Brazil, South Africa and India, which has reached more than one million cases on Friday, reported the biggest increases. The previous record — set 24 hours earlier — was 237,743 cases. The WHO said the number of global deaths was approaching 600,000. It said 7,360 new deaths were recorded worldwide on Saturday, the biggest daily rise since early May. The grim milestone comes amid concerns about the virus re-emerging in Asia and E...
Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges greater COVID-19 health services in Africa’s humanitarian settings

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges greater COVID-19 health services in Africa’s humanitarian settings

AFRICA
BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 17, 2020/ -- The World Health Organization (WHO) today called for greater access to COVID-19 detection, testing and care among vulnerable populations grappling with the impacts of protracted conflict and humanitarian emergencies across Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over 26% of the world’s refugees. Long-running conflicts in regions like the Sahel have led to the closure of health facilities and the flight of health workers. In Burkina Faso, 110 health facilities have been closed due to insecurity while services have been impaired in 186 others, leaving around 1.5 million people without adequate health care. In Mali’s central and northern regions, health services have been paralysed by persistent attacks. In 2019 alone, 18 attacks on he...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: Minister of Foreign Affairs receives new Country Representative, says, ‘Nigeria is behind WHO’

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Minister of Foreign Affairs receives new Country Representative, says, ‘Nigeria is behind WHO’

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ABUJA, Nigeria, July 11, 2020/ -- Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama says “In this critical moment of a global fight against the COVID-19, Nigeria is behind the World Health Organization and urges you to remain focused in addressing not just the pandemic but other health challenges.” The Honorable Minister made the declaration today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while receiving the new World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative (WR), Dr Walter Mulombo Kazadi who presented his Letters of credence to Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, signaling formal resumption of duties. The presentation which took place in Abuja, was witnessed by dignitaries from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and WHO country office.During the brief ceremony, Mr Onyeama ac...
World Health Organization announces that coronavirus can linger in the air

World Health Organization announces that coronavirus can linger in the air

HEALTH
Under growing pressure from researchers, the World Health Organization acknowledged Thursday that the coronavirus can linger in the air indoors and potentially infect people even when they practice social distancing. The United Nations agency had maintained that such airborne transmission occurred only during certain medical procedures and that nearly all infections occur when people inhale respiratory droplets expelled in their immediate vicinity or when they touch contaminated surfaces. But mounting evidence — including "super-spreading" events in which multiple choir singers, restaurant diners or dance students were infected — suggests that the virus can be transmitted through microscopic droplets known as aerosols that can float in the air, potentially for hours. This week, 2...
Coronavirus – Africa: WHO calls for equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO calls for equitable access to future COVID-19 vaccines in Africa

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BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 10, 2020 --The World Health Organization (WHO) in Africa joined immunization experts in urging the international community and countries in Africa to take concrete actions to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, as researchers around the world race to find effective protection against the virus. “It is clear that as the international community comes together to develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics for COVID-19, equity must be a central focus of these efforts,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “Too often, African countries end up at the back of the queue for new technologies, including vaccines. These life-saving products must be available to everyone, not only those who can afford to pay.” ...
CORONAVIRUS: Africa’s coronavirus cases cross half-million mark

CORONAVIRUS: Africa’s coronavirus cases cross half-million mark

AFRICA
Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases. The continent-wide total is over 508,000, according to figures released Wednesday by the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after South Africa recorded another day of more than 10,000 confirmed cases as a new global hot spot. The true number of cases among Africa’s 1.3 billion people is unknown as its 54 countries continue to face a serious shortage of testing materials for the virus. “A tremendous problem, a real crisis of access,” the World Health Organization’s Africa chief, Matshidiso Moeti, said last week. So far most testing has been concentrated in capital cities, but infections in many cases have spread beyond them. Africa’s health systems are the most poorly funded and thinly staffed ...
Trump begins to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization

Trump begins to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has officially begun to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the globe and infections spike in many states across the U.S.   Congress received formal notification of the decision on Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump announced his intention to end the U.S. relationship with the WHO and blasted the multilateral institution as a tool of China. The White House said the withdrawal would take effect on July 6, 2021. Democrats said the decision was irresponsible and ill-considered, noting it comes as the pandemic is raging and international cooperation is vital to confront the crisis. "This won't protect Americ...
CORONAVIRUS: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 and vaccine development in Africa

CORONAVIRUS: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID-19 and vaccine development in Africa

AFRICA
Ask your questions to the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso MoetiBRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of the), July 6, 2020/ -- Please join an online media briefing with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa (www.afro.who.int), and the Principal Investigator of Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Trial in South Africa. The briefing is on-the-record and it is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the COVID-19 and vaccine development in Africa. The media briefing is facilitated by APO Group.Speakers include:Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for AfricaProfessor Shabir Madhi, Wits University, Principal Investigator of Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine Trial in South AfricaDate: Thursday 9 JulyTime: 12:00 Brazzaville/Kinshasa Time GMT +...