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Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 widens routine Immunization gaps in Africa

Africa was driven by disruptions to health services by the COVID-19 pandemic

Around 7.7 million African children missed out on vital first doses of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Measles and Polio vaccines in 2020. The nearly 10% rise in missed vaccinations on the previous year in Africa was driven by disruptions to health services by the COVID-19 pandemic, new data by the United Nations Children’s…

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Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 Vaccine shipments to Africa ramp up

Nearly 4 million doses from COVAX arrived in Africa last week, compared with just 245 000 doses from the facility throughout the month of June

COVID-19 vaccine shipments to Africa are rapidly ramping up from multiple sources after a near-halt to deliveries in recent months. Nearly 4 million doses from COVAX arrived in Africa last week, compared with just 245 000 doses from the facility throughout the month of June. COVAX aims to ship 520 million doses to Africa…

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Coronavirus – Africa: Improving Testing Rate -WHO Supports Ondo State to Integrate COVID-19 Sample Collection as Part of Essential Services

The State Ministry of Health (SMoH) approached WHO for support to implement activities to address the challenges

The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported Ondo State to integrate COVID-19 sample collection into the essential health care services. The intervention has led to an increase in the number of samples tested from an average of 70 to 321 per week, since the integration.  The intervention was informed following…

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Nigeria Records Gain in Fight Against Tuberculosis Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Active TB case finding is vital in reducing the burden of the disease in the country because Nigeria has over 440,000 incident TB cases

Response to the coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding, data indicate that there has been an increase in annual tuberculosis (TB) case notification due to strategic intervention by the National Tuberculosis, Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP), in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and other stakeholders working on TB control and…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Pivotal Point in Africa's COVID-19 Third Wave

Twenty-one African countries have seen cases rise by over 20% for at least two weeks running

Following eight consecutive weeks of a fast-moving surge, new COVID-19 cases in Africa have slowed down, driven by a sharp drop in South Africa which accounts for the bulk of the continent’s reported cases, although this development may be short-lived, new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows.    New…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: Danish Government Extends Additional Financial support worth over 5 Billion Shillings Towards the COVID-19 Resurgence Response in Uganda

The grant is in addition to roughly UGX 9.3 billion, which was granted in April 2020 for the Emergency Response to COVID-19 outbreak in Uganda

The Government of Denmark through the Danish Embassy in Uganda has extended a grant worth 5 billion Uganda, Shillings, to the Government of Uganda through the World Health Organization (WHO) towards the implementation of the COVID-19 Resurgence Response Plan developed by the Ministry of Health. The one-year project will support…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 deaths in Africa surge more than 40% over previous week

Fatalities increased to 6273 in the week ending on 11 July 2021 from 4384 deaths in the previous week

Africa has recorded a 43% week-on-week rise in COVID-19 deaths, as hospital admissions increase rapidly and countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Fatalities increased to 6273 in the week ending on 11 July 2021 from 4384 deaths in the previous week. Africa is now less than 1%…

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Coronavirus - Africa's COVID-19 surge tops second wave peak as vaccine deliveries pick up

COVID-19 cases have risen for seven consecutive weeks since the onset of the third wave on 3 May 2021

Africa marked its worst pandemic week ever, surpassing the second wave peak during the seven days ending on 4 July 2021. Yet, as the COVID-19 cases climb sharply, there are signs of progress on vaccine deliveries to the continent. COVID-19 cases have risen for seven consecutive weeks since the onset…