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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 - 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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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 - Africa: More than 150 countries engaged in COVID-19 vaccine global access facility

The COVAX Facility, and the Advance Market Commitment (AMC) within it, is designed to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country in the world

Seventy-five countries submit expressions of interest to COVAX Facility, joining up to 90 further countries which could be supported by the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC); the COVAX Facility, and the AMC within it, is designed to guarantee rapid, fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: As more go hungry and malnutrition persists, achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 in doubt, UN report warns

The hungry are most numerous in Asia, but expanding fastest in Africa

Securing healthy diets for the billions who cannot afford them would save trillions in costs More people are going hungry, an annual study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world…

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Coronavirus - Middle East and North Africa: Joint Statement - Food crisis likely to worsen in the Middle East and North Africa as COVID-19 continues

Countries in the region already facing food crisis are hit hardest by the pandemic

Joint statement from the Regional Directors of UNICEF, FAO, WFP and WHO “Governments and partners across the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA) are working around the clock to protect communities from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). While these efforts are saving many lives, they are having a critical impact…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Substantial investment needed to avert mental health crisis

Reports already indicate an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety in a number of countries

The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the need to urgently increase investment in services for mental health or risk a massive increase in mental health conditions in the coming months, according to a policy brief on COVID-19 and mental health issued by the United Nations today. “The impact of the pandemic…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: WHO and European Union unite to fight a common enemy to humanity

This new collaboration between the European Union (EU) and WHO in Somalia is the result of a recently established bilateral coordination mechanism for COVID-19 response

The WHO country office and the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Somalia have joined hands under a new collaboration in the country to strengthen operational response activities for COVID-19. The new collaboration aims to accelerate support for the frontline work of WHO in combating COVID-19 in a seemingly…

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Coronavirus - Africa: The potential impact of health service disruptions on the burden of malaria: a modelling analysis for countries in sub-Saharan Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a new threat to malaria service delivery

Background Since 2000, the world has seen unprecedented progress against the burden of malaria following massive investments in providing effective prevention and treatment interventions to populations at risk in malaria-endemic countries. Download Report: https://bit.ly/2Y2DFYc Malaria case incidence declined by 30%, from 80 per 1000 population in 2000 to 57 per…