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Our lifetime opportunity to enable water, sanitation and hygiene for all

Millions of children and families do not have adequate WASH services, including soap to wash their hands

As the historic United Nations Water Conference commences today – the first in nearly 50 years – the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) call on all nations to radically accelerate action to make water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) a reality for all. The numbers…

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Accelerated action needed to ensure safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene for all

The GLAAS 2022 report, which details the latest status of WASH systems in more than 120 countries, is the largest data collection from the greatest number of countries to date

Urgent action is needed globally and locally to achieve safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation and hygiene for all in order to prevent devastating impacts on the health of millions of people. Findings from WHO and UN-Water’s Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report show that acceleration…

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WHO intensifies response to looming health crisis in the greater Horn of Africa as food insecurity worsens

The health risks in the region are increasing, while access to health care is deteriorating

WHO is scaling up its operations in eastern Africa as the region faces acute food insecurity caused by conflict, extreme weather events – including the worst drought in 40 years – induced by climate change, rising international food and fuel prices and the impact of the pandemic. Over 80 million…

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Disease outbreak news: Hepatitis E virus - Chad (17 January 2022)

Cases aged less than 10 years (n=90; 23.4%) and 21-30 years (n=89; 23.1%) accounted for the largest proportion of cases

As of 11 January 2022, 385 suspected cases of Hepatitis E virus (HEV) have been reported, of which, 12 are confirmed and two associated deaths (case fatality ratio (CFR): 0.5%) have been reported in six villages in Lai district, Tandjile region, Chad. Health authorities began an investigation on 1 October…

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Hepatitis E Virus – Republic of South Sudan

In 2021, the number HEV cases have risen significantly in the country, increasing from 564 reported during the triennium 2018-2020, to 1143 suspected cases with five deaths in 2021

Cases of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) have been consistently reported in South Sudan since 2014, with recurrent outbreaks occurring in Bentiu, Rubkona county, Unity state (central-north part of South Sudan), where a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) is located. In 2021, the number HEV cases have risen significantly in…

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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.…