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Global Polio Eradication Initiative Applauds WHO African Region for Wild Polio-Free Certification

Support from national governments and global donors critical to the region’s success against wild polio and must continue to achieve a polio-free world

Today, the Africa Regional Certification Commission certified the WHO African Region as wild polio-free after four years without a case. With this historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the world’s population – are now free of the wild poliovirus, moving the world closer…

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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…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: WHO prepositions supplies to speed-up testing of suspected COVID-19 cases in South Sudan

The supplies delivered include 590 viral transport medium and personal protective equipment for sample collection

In a bid to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the country, WHO in support of the Ministry of Health prepositioned COVID-19 supplies as part of the national COVID-19 preparedness and response plan to twenty different locations including Juba to collect samples, package and transport for testing in Juba. The…

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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…

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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…

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Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo measles outbreak top 6000

Since the start of 2019, around 310 000 suspected measles cases have been reported

With the death toll from the world’s worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) surpassing 6000, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for more funding to stop the outbreak. Under the leadership of the DRC Ministry of Health, WHO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other…

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World Health Organization (WHO) scales up cholera vigilance in Khartoum, Sudan

As of 3 November, Sudan’s Ministry of Health reported 332 suspected cases of cholera, concentrated in Blue Nile and Sennar States

To prevent a potential spread of the current cholera outbreak to Khartoum State – including to the country’s capital Khartoum City – and at the request of the Federal Minister of Health Dr Akram Eltoum, WHO is working closely with health partners, nongovernmental organizations, and at-risk communities to ensure that…

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WHO supports Government to immunize ‘Almajiri’ Children in Northwest Nigeria

Almajiri vaccination is the deliberate targeting of eligible children in Almajiri schools with vaccines

In an effort to reach and vaccinate every eligible child in Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the Government to vaccinate as many Almajiri children in the country as possible. As part of the demand creation strategies, Almajiri vaccination is the deliberate targeting of eligible children in Almajiri…

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Cholera – Republic of the Sudan

Cholera outbreak in four localities in the Blue Nile State (BNS), south-eastern Sudan, bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan

On 8 September, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) notified WHO about a cholera outbreak in four localities in the Blue Nile State (BNS), south-eastern Sudan, bordering Ethiopia and South Sudan. The first case was detected on 28 of August 2019. From 28 August through 12 October 2019, a total…