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Coronavirus: South African hospital thinks outside the box to boost COVID-19 testing

Through their innovative testing booths, they have been able to screen thousands of people and increased COVID-19 testing in their area by more than 400%

In South Africa’s Wesfleur Hospital — a 50-bed public facility in the Western Cape, 25 miles north of Cape Town — staff are refashioning security booths into makeshift COVID-19 testing centers. Front windows are replaced with plexiglass, and two holes are made in the plastic to fit the arms of…

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Coronavirus - Africa: People living longer and healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens to throw progress off track

Life expectancy and healthy life expectancy have increased, but unequally

All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals highlighted in the 2020 World Health Statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) today “The good news is that people around…

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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…

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Video News Release: Seven tips for protecting against the coronavirus

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WHO recommends 7 tips in protecting yourself against the risk of coronavirus infection: 1. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or with an alcohol-based gel. 2. Need to cough or sneeze? Do it into a tissue or bent elbow, and then wash your hands. 3. Stay at least…

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WHO responds to urgent health needs of people affected by conflict in El Geneina, West Darfur

Violence between opposing tribes resulted in tens of people killed and hundreds injured

The World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners are responding to the health needs of people affected by recent conflict in El Geneina, West Darfur, Sudan. To date, WHO has delivered medicines and medical supplies for more than 120 200 people, including those in need of trauma or surgical care.…

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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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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…

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Vaccination campaign against cholera kicks off in Sudan

Attributable to the Federal Ministry of Health in Sudan, WHO and UNICEF

"Sudan has launched an oral cholera vaccination campaign in response to the ongoing outbreak of cholera. More than 1.6 million people aged one year and above in the Blue Nile and Sinnar states will be vaccinated over the coming five days. “The announcement of the Federal Ministry of Health in…

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More women and children survive today than ever before – UN report

The estimates also show vast inequalities worldwide, with women and children in sub-Saharan Africa facing a substantially higher risk of death than in all other regions

More women and their children are surviving today than ever before, according to new child and maternal mortality estimates released today by United Nations groups* led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). Since 2000, child deaths have reduced by nearly half and maternal deaths by over one-third, mostly…

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WHO responds to cholera cases in Sudan

Two cholera treatment centres are treating patients in Blue Nile State and a dedicated isolation centre has been established for cholera case management

The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with national health authorities and partners to respond to cases of cholera in Blue Nile State in south-eastern Sudan. Between 28 August and 10 September, Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health reported at least 51 cases of acute watery diarrhoea in Blue Nile…