Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Namibia: Heroes from the Namibian COVID health front-line - An epidemiologist’s narrative

With the COVID-19 outbreak, front-line staff, including epidemiologists, have found themselves to be essential parts of a health system that keeps the world in motion

With contemporary times calling them disease detectives, epidemiologists play a central role in investigating patterns and causes of disease in humans. “In the context of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), as epidemiologists our focus lies in reducing the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education and health…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Smithsonian Science Education Center with support of the World Health Organization launches New COVID-19 Guide for Youth

The guide is free, will be available to youth in more than 15 languages, particularly African and Asian languages

The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)—a partnership of 140 national academies of science, engineering and medicine—has developed “COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?,” a new rapid-response guide for youth ages 8–17. The guide, which is based…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Libya: Impact of COVID-19 prevention measures on humanitarian operations for Health Sector in Libya

Libya falls under the risk analyses of having local transmission

INTRODUCTION The COVID-19 pandemic is a global health emergency that requires effective immediate action by governments and individuals. Countries throughout the world are taking unprecedented steps to respond to the threats posed by this deadly virus. Swift, radical action is essential to save lives, protect communities and stem the human-to-human…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - South Sudan: Increasing access to life-saving treatment for COVID-19 patients in South Sudan

Given the high risk of spread of COVID-19 in South Sudan, expanding the Dr John Garang Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) is one of the key activities which will help protect South Sudanese citizens

COVID-19 cases have been reported in 52 African countries; many having wide-spread community transmission. Given the high risk of spread of COVID-19 in South Sudan, expanding the Dr John Garang Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) is one of the key activities which will help protect South Sudanese citizens and residents. To…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: Polio personnel crucial for preparedness and initial response to COVID-19 in Northeast Nigeria

All six States have set up COVID-19 emergency operation and coordination centres to ensure effective implementation of different parts of their response plans

“We are empowered and ready to engage in COVID-19 surveillance and contact tracing,” says Abubakar Suleiman, one of 205 disease surveillance officers originally trained by WHO to identify outbreaks of polio across six states in northeast Nigeria. Across the country, Polio health staff and infrastructure are rapidly being repurposed towards…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Modes of transmission of virus causing COVID-19: implications for IPC precaution recommendations

COVID-19 virus is transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes

Scientific brief According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus is transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes. Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in in close contact (within 1 m) with someone who has respiratory symptoms (e.g.  coughing or sneezing,) and is therefore at risk of having his/her…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Guided Self-Help Intervention reduces Refugees’ Psychological Distress and improves Wellbeing in Humanitarian Crises

First randomised trial of its kind finds multimedia guided self-help intervention can be delivered rapidly to large numbers of people in low-resource humanitarian settings by non-specialists with minimal training

A guided self-help approach that provides strategies for managing distress and coping with adversity is safe, and resulted in meaningful improvements in psychological distress and functioning compared to enhanced usual care over three months in female refugees living in a settlement in Uganda, according to a randomised trial involving almost…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Ministry of Health and Social Services trains trainers to strengthen the clinical care of non-communicable diseases at the periphery

Overall objective of the training was to conduct training of trainers on the PEN Guideline for primary care settings

Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) exerts a growing burden on mortality and morbidity in Namibia. They account for an estimated 43% of total deaths in the country. As part of efforts to reduce this growing burden, the Ministry of Health and Social Services with support from WHO is strengthening the health…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO and partners to help the Government boost health facility defences against Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

At least 155 health care workers have been infected with the Ebola virus disease since the beginning of this tenth outbreak

To strengthen health practitioners’ proficiency in preventing the spread of Ebola virus disease in health facilities, the Commission for Prevention and Biosecurity of the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) launched on 5 September a guideline and training package on infection prevention and control that…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Ebola then and now: Eight lessons from West Africa being applied in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

One of the lessons learned from West Africa is that disease outbreaks often move faster than the money allocated to respond to them

The devastating 2014–2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa prompted changes in the way the world responds to outbreaks and other health emergencies. Here are eight things that are being done differently in the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 1. Putting research at the heart…