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Coronavirus: How polio personnel are pivoting against COVID-19

On World Polio Day, we recognize the immense contributions of polio workers to COVID-19 response and acknowledge the major challenges ahead

World Polio Day, on 24 October, is when the world comes together to celebrate the determination that has brought us 99% of the way to ending polio, and reflect on the heights we must scale to defeat the disease completely.    This year, Africa was declared free of wild poliovirus, a…

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Coronavirus: Somalia responds swiftly to measles outbreak in Jubaland State

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on Somalia’s fragile health care system and immunization services

The health system of any country needs a surveillance system that can collect information on and detect alerts of epidemic-prone diseases. When a number of cases threatens to turn into an outbreak or epidemic, the surveillance system sounds an alarm that triggers a chain of immediate public health interventions. Somalia's…

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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 - South Sudan: Amidst coronavirus pandemic, WHO and partners vaccinated 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County of South Sudan

The campaign that ended on 3 July 2020 was implemented within the national and WHO guidelines for implementing mass vaccination campaigns in the context of COVID-19

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and other partners have vaccinated over 94 019 children aged 6 to 59 months against measles in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State to interrupt the transmission. Following the reported cases of measles in…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Improving access to COVID-19 treatment in South Sudan

The expansion of the Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU) has augmented the bed capacity in the IDU from 24 to 82 to bridge the demand gaps for admission

To provide supportive treatment for severe and critical COVID-19 patients, the World Health Organization (WHO), working with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Medical Corps (IMC) has supported the Ministry of Health to upgrade and equip the Dr John Garang Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU). The expansion of the…

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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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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19, Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report 6

Three new countries in the WHO African Region, including Malawi, Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan have reported confirmed COVID-19 cases

Situation update The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to rapidly expand through the African continent. Since our last situation report on 1 April 2020 (External Situation Report 5), three new countries in the WHO African Region, including Malawi, Sao Tome & Principe and South Sudan have reported confirmed COVID-19…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies Week 14

Cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly and spreading geographically across the WHO African Region, with 45 (96%) of the 47 countries in the Region now reporting cases

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 111 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the WHO African Region Ebola virus disease…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: South Sudan confirms first case of COVID-19

The patient, a 29-year old female returned from Netherlands on 28 February 2020 via Addis Ababa

The Ministry of Health of South Sudan has reported the country’s first case of COVID-19. The patient, a 29-year old female returned from Netherlands on 28 February 2020 via Addis Ababa. The patient developed fever, cough, headache and shortness of breath and was identified by the authorities on 2 April…