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Coronavirus - Kenya: Canada and WHO working together to combat COVID-19 at a critical stage in Kenya

Government of Canada is providing CDN 1.5 Million to WHO Kenya

In recent weeks we have observed with concern the rising numbers of COVID cases and scaling up of community transmission in Kenya. We have also seen a reverse in individual’s behavior, from wide-spread compliance before opening up locked-down locations to people now not wearing masks, keeping distance or sustaining hygiene…

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Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19 (02 August 2020)

The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be rigorously observed

Twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2633 samples tested. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to two thousand and sixty-two (2062). To date, one thousand, one hundred and forty-four (1144) patients have recovered and been discharged, including twenty-five (25) in the past 24 hours. The…

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Coronavirus - Rwanda: Robots use in Rwanda to fight against COVID-19

To minimize contact time with confirmed cases and therefore reducing the risk of contamination of health professionals in COVID-19 treatment centres, robots were deployed

One of the challenges being faced worldwide is the rate of infection of health professionals while treating COVID-19 patients. 2016 statistics show the following picture of Rwanda’s health sector: 1/50,505 ground ambulance / population Ratio; 1/10,055 Doctor/population ratio; 1/1,094 Nurse/population ratio; 1/10,500 Laboratory technicians /population ratio. Although Rwanda is on…

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Coronavirus - Cameroon: North-West and South-West Regions, Health Cluster Update

In South West region, 10 out of the I8 health districts reported confirmed cases of COVID-l9. 79% of the cases have been recorded in Buea and Limbe health districts

KEY HIGHLIGHTS: In NW region, 16 out of the I9 health districts reported confirmed cases of COVID-l9. 68 % of the cases have been recorded in Bamenda and 13% of total cases recorded in Fundong health district. In SW region, 10 out of the I8 health districts reported confirmed cases…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Health Sector Bulletin

There was a reported serious lack of capacity in the south to handle the COVID-19 response

KEY ISSUES Expected shift of lines of military control from LNA/Benghazi to GNA/Tripoli. The humanitarian situation is defined by Libyan authorities as dire and aggravated by COVID-19. There was a reported serious lack of capacity in the south to handle the COVID-19 response. South-specific list of recommendations was developed. Health…

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World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Message

Analysis indicates that increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding could save the lives of 820,000 children every year

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible…

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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

Since COVID-19 outbreak was declared in South Sudan, surge laboratory personnel have been engaged to support additional testing needs in National Public Health Laboratory

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…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Children missing out on routine vaccinations in Somalia amid COVID-19 fears

If regular immunization is not continued and stepped up in the coming months, Somalia stands a high chance of reversing some of the health gains made in child health in the last few decades

In the recent past, 25-year-old Zahra Mohamud* had visited the Hawadle maternal and child health centre in Hargeisa regularly to have her older son Ibrahim* vaccinated against the most common childhood diseases. However, since the COVID-19 outbreak in Somalia, Zahra has been afraid to take her 7-month-old second son Jama*…

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Coronavirus - Mozambique: Market and Price Monitoring

Formal and informal imports (commonly called mukheristas) mainly from South Africa are being negatively affected by travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Overview • According to the behavior of basic food prices in June, important variations were detected in urban markets monitored by INFOCOM and rural markets monitored by SIMA (maize grain, manufactured corn flour, imported rice, butter beans, vegetable oil and sugar); • In some rural markets monitored by SIMA, there…

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Coronavirus: South African hospital thinks outside the box to boost COVID-19 testing

Through their innovative testing booths, they have been able to screen thousands of people and increased COVID-19 testing in their area by more than 400%

In South Africa’s Wesfleur Hospital — a 50-bed public facility in the Western Cape, 25 miles north of Cape Town — staff are refashioning security booths into makeshift COVID-19 testing centers. Front windows are replaced with plexiglass, and two holes are made in the plastic to fit the arms of…