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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone Receives 113,490 Pfizer Vaccines Donated by the US Government via COVAX Facility

The COVAX Facility has been instrumental in ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are available in Sierra Leone to protect people

The United States Government, through the COVAX Facility, has boosted the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive in Sierra Leone, with a donation of 113,490 doses of the Pfizer vaccines.  This generous contribution from the US Government comes within a week of Sierra Leone receiving consignments of 151,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson…

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Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: WHO is supporting Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone to improve capacity and quality control

Functional lab system is vital in health emergencies. WHO is supporting Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone to improve capacity and quality control including at COVID-19 labs through audit of SARS-CoV-2 testing workflow, biosafety & biosecurity, risk assessment, staff skill check & turn around time.  

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Coronavirus - Africa: Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report 9 (29 April 2020)

As of 28 April 2020, a cumulative total of 22 376 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 899 deaths (case fatality ratio 4.0%) have been reported across the 45 affected countries in the region

A steady increase in the number of cases has been observed in the WHO African Region since the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported on 25 February 2020 in Algeria. All Member States have since been affected, with the exemption of Comoros and Lesotho where there have…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to move quickly to save lives from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa

New analysis supports the WHO call to minimize disruptions to malaria prevention and treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Severe disruptions to insecticide-treated net campaigns and in access to antimalarial medicines could lead to a doubling in the number of malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa this year compared to 2018, according to a new modelling analysis released by WHO and partners ahead of World Malaria Day (25 April). WHO…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Sierra Leone confirms first case of COVID-19

He was tested at the end of his quarantine period when he developed flu-like symptoms that subsequently led to the confirmation as COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation of the Republic of Sierra Leone has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. Samples tested at the Military 34 Hospital, and two other accredited laboratories to detect the virus, in the capital Freetown turned out positive on the evening of 30 March 2020.…

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Address to the Seventieth World Health Assembly Geneva, Switzerland, 22 May 2017

By Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization: Madame President, Excellencies, honourable ministers, ambassadors, distinguished delegates, friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,   I thank Member States for the trust shown when you appointed me as your Director-General more than ten years ago. I promised to work tirelessly, and…

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Leaders gather in Guinea to celebrate Ebola vaccine successes

Dr Chan joined the President of the Republic of Guinea, HE Professor Alpha Conde, His Excellency Minister of Health, Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, and representatives from the Governments of Liberia and Sierra Leone, in celebrating the successful development of the world’s first vaccine against Ebola

“The world is far better prepared for another Ebola outbreak,” said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, today at a celebratory event to recognize the Governments and people of the three most-affected countries for their contribution to the control of the Ebola outbreak in 2014-15. Dr Chan…

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From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio

116 million children to be immunized from coast to coast across the continent, as regional emergency outbreak response intensifies

More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.   The synchronized vaccination campaign, one of the largest of its kind ever implemented…

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Final trial results confirm Ebola vaccine provides high protection against disease

The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens

An experimental Ebola vaccine was highly protective against the deadly virus in a major trial in Guinea, according to results published today in The Lancet. The vaccine is the first to prevent infection from one of the most lethal known pathogens, and the findings add weight to early trial results…