|Coronavirus – Kenya: 76 people have today tested psotive for Corona Virus after 4,115 samples were tested|
|NAIROBI, Kenya, September 12, 2020/ — 76 people have today tested psotive for Corona Virus after 4,115 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. SOURCE|
Ministry of Health, Kenya
Ministry of Health, Kenya
|Coronavirus: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) partner to build capacity for COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests in Africa|
|Work to ensure readiness to roll out critical antigen RDTs for COVID-19 is being conducted as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar|
|ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 12, 2020/ — Strategic partnership between Africa CDC and FIND builds on long-standing relationship and newly signed Memorandum of Understanding to drive access to essential diagnostics across Africa in collaboration with local partners; Work to ensure readiness to roll out critical antigen RDTs for COVID-19 is being conducted as part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar.|
The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have announced a new partnership to build capacity in readiness for the introduction of new, high-quality antigen rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for COVID-19 that are anticipated to become available soon. The announcement builds on a long-standing relationship between the two organizations – and established links with local partners across the continent – which was recently formalized with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to drive access to essential diagnostics in Africa.
FIND is co-convener of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar. Africa CDC is a member of the ACT-Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar and initiator of the Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT), which has led to rapid strengthening of testing and surveillance capacity across Africa.
“Fast, smooth and efficient rollout of affordable, accurate antigen RDTs will take the COVID-19 response to the next level,” said Dr Catharina Boehme, CEO of FIND. “With over 60 partners across Africa, we are committed to supporting Africa CDC to build technical capacity so that countries are ready to implement with no delay. Testing is not just our first line of defence against this pandemic, it is also the bedrock on which strong health systems are built. We congratulate Africa CDC for providing strong and effective leadership in testing.”
Diagnosis is a driver of patient, financial and health systems impact, as well as a critical enabler of universal health coverage. Testing has emerged as a cornerstone of the COVID-19 response and fundamental to global health security. However, access to diagnostics remain the weakest link in the clinical care cascade, especially at the primary healthcare level. Even before COVID-19, diagnostic gaps threatened the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for major diseases including tuberculosis and malaria.
COVID-19 has dramatically widened these diagnostic gaps, precipitating major global challenges including supply chain “wars” and substantial quality issues. While accurate and reliable molecular tests became available within one month from the time COVID-19 was first reported, these tests depend on laboratory infrastructure and skilled technicians to conduct. Testing backlogs mean that results can take several days to reach patients, even in high-income countries.
“Testing is the cornerstone of response to this pandemic, without testing we will be fighting blindly. But the testing strategy must shift as countries unlock their economies. We need to scale up testing and we need to improve the turnaround time for testing so that we can quickly identify, isolate and treat positive cases. This is where the RDTs play a very important role,” said Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC.
Simple, accurate and affordable RDTs that can be performed anywhere to reliably detect disease were identified as high priority early in the pandemic. These tests are urgently needed to expand access to testing for test-trace-isolate strategies and test-and-treat implementation, in healthcare facility and community settings, and especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
A full pipeline of potential new tests for COVID-19, streamlined processes by the World Health Organization (WHO) and regulatory bodies, and unparalleled manufacturing and supply chain collaborations have dramatically shrunk the usual time between innovation and implementation. With unprecedented speed, several new antigen RDTs have now been shown to meet WHO criteria, including sensitivity and specificity, as well as price.
FIND and other ACT-Accelerator partners are now engaging with countries to provide catalytic volumes of these tests to understand how they can best fit into health systems. Overall, the ACT-Accelerator Diagnostic Pillar aims to facilitate the supply of 500 million tests to LMICs within 12 months.
Work to ensure preparedness for the introduction of COVID-19 antigen RDTs is ongoing, and the MoU between Africa CDC and FIND will remain in effect for a period of three years. SOURCE
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Coronavirus – Uganda: The breakdown of the new cases (11 September 2020) KAMPALA, Uganda, September 12, 2020/ — The breakdown of the new cases are:
Contacts and alerts (317): Kampala (94), Buikwe (93), Kitgum (29), Gulu (17), Moroto (19), Mbale (10), Amuru (9), Kapchorwa (8), Pader (7), Nwoya (5), Bududa (5), Mukono (5), Wakiso (4 SOURCE
Ministry of Health – Republic of Uganda Coronvirus – Seychelles: Public Health Authority confirms new COVID-19 case on Praslin The 57 year old, who has no history of travel outside of the country presented with symptoms and was admitted to the Isolation and Treatment facility on the island for tests VICTORIA, Seychelles, September 12, 2020/ — Further investigation is being conducted following detection of a positive COVID-19 case on Praslin today.
The 57 year old, who has no history of travel outside of the country presented with symptoms and was admitted to the Isolation and Treatment facility on the island for tests.
Contact tracing is ongoing and close contacts have been identified and placed under facility quarantine.
A death of Praslin resident is also being investigated following the detection of the new case.
Members of the public are advised to continue to follow public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus and to call the Department of Health hotline when presenting with symptoms for further assistance. SOURCE
Department of Health, Seychelles Coronavirus – Uganda: Results from COVID-19 tests done on 11 September 2020 KAMPALA, Uganda, September 12, 2020/ — Results from COVID-19 tests done on 11 September 2020 326 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.
The cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 4,703
3 COVID-19 deaths from Kampala registered today.
This brings the total COVID-19 deaths to 52.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health – Republic of Uganda. SOURCE
Ministry of Health – Republic of Uganda Coronavirus: African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases 9 am EAT 12 September 2020 ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, September 12, 2020/ — African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,339,171) deaths (32,356), and recoveries (1,076,207) by region:
Central (56,142 cases; 1,058 deaths; 48,541 recoveries): Burundi (469; 1; 374), Cameroon (20,009; 415; 18,837), CAR (4,749; 62; 1,825), Chad (1,081; 79; 934), Congo (4,928; 88; 3,887), DRC (10,361; 262 9,622), Equatorial Guinea (4,996; 83; 4,490), Gabon (8,643; 53; 7,706), Sao Tome & Principe (906; 15; 866)
Eastern (150,368; 2,961; 82,745): Comoros (456; 7; 415), Djibouti (5,394; 61; 5,327), Eritrea (361; 0; 304), Ethiopia (63,367; 986; 24,024), Kenya (35,793; 616; 22,442), Madagascar (15,669; 209; 14,320), Mauritius (356; 10; 335), Rwanda (4,534; 22; 2,450), Seychelles (138; 0; 136), Somalia (3,376; 98; 2,791), South Sudan (2,568; 48; 1,294), Sudan (13,470; 834; 6,731), Tanzania (509; 21; 178), Uganda (4,377; 49; 1,998)
Northern (266,074; 9,348; 191,633): Algeria (47,755; 1,599; 33,723), Egypt (100,708; 5,607; 82,473), Libya (21,908; 352; 2,506), Mauritania (7,222; 161; 6,758), Morocco (82,197; 1,524; 64,194), Tunisia (6,259; 103; 1,956), Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (25; 2; 23)
Southern (699,025; 16,486; 610,261): Angola (3,279; 131; 1,288), Botswana (2,252; 10; 546), Eswatini (5,025; 98; 4,103), Lesotho (1,245; 33; 661), Malawi (5,669; 177; 3,720), Mozambique (4,918; 31; 2,899), Namibia (9,437; 98; 4,898), South Africa (646,398; 15,378; 574,587), Zambia (13,323; 306; 11,899), Zimbabwe (7,479; 224; 5,660)
Western (167,562; 2,503; 143,027): Benin (2,242, 40; 1,793), Burkina Faso (1,499; 56; 1,127), Cape Verde (4,651; 44; 4,076), Côte d’Ivoire (18,916; 119; 17,960), Gambia (3,362; 100; 1,582), Ghana (45,388; 285; 44,267), Guinea (9,979; 63; 9,189), Guinea-Bissau (2,275; 39; 1,327), Liberia (1,315; 82; 1,199), Mali (2,912; 128; 2,271), Niger (1,178; 69; 1,100), Nigeria (56,017; 1,076; 43,998), Senegal (14,193; 293; 10,350), Sierra Leone (2,087; 72; 1,622), Togo (1,548; 37; 1,166) SOURCE
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