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Coronavirus - Africa: First COVID-19 COVAX vaccine doses administered in Africa

The first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using COVAX doses began in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire

Today, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers; This week’s first vaccinations happen as a further 11 million COVAX doses are expected to be delivered over the next seven days; Publication of the allocation of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to 142 of…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: Community informants employ mobile data collection tools to strengthen COVID-19 surveillance

WHO is supporting engagement of more than 670 Auto-Visual Acute Flaccid Paralysis Detection and Reporting (AVADAR) informants to conduct house-to-house COVID-19 surveillance

With the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, WHO is supporting government to leverage on the existing  Auto-Visual Acute Flaccid Paralysis Detection and Reporting (AVADAR) system to strengthen community-based surveillance for the disease. In 731 wards across eleven (11) COVID-19 high risk states, WHO is supporting engagement of more…

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West African countries ramp up Ebola preparedness

All six nations bordering Guinea are finalising their national preparedness and readiness operational plans in line with a WHO readiness assessment tool

As Ebola immunization scales up in Guinea, the country’s neighbouring nations are on high alert, urgently preparing to detect, isolate and manage any cases and quickly stamp out potential cross-border outbreaks. Nine cases, including five deaths have been reported in Guinea. While no confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: WHO supports Uganda to Mitigate the Risks of COVID-19 Transmission during the election period

WHO was tasked to quickly plan and execute a min campaign targeting safety during the electoral period using the raised

The recently concluded national elections in Uganda presented one fundamental public health challenge that will be live in the annals of history: How to prevent the spread of a highly infectious disease in a low-resourced setting during an event that by its very nature is meant to congregate thousands of…

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Ebola vaccination starts in Guinea to curb new outbreak

The vaccination was launched in Gouecke, a rural community in N’Zerekore prefecture where the first cases were detected on 14 February

Ebola vaccination of people at high risk kicked off today in Guinea as the emergency response was escalated to counter the spread of the virus that re-emerged in the country a little more than a week ago for the first time since 2016. The vaccination was launched in Gouecke, a…

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WHO steps up efforts to curb Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

More than 100 WHO staff, deployed from other countries and from within Guinea, are expected to be part of the Ebola response by the end of February

With efforts gathering pace to promptly tackle the new Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) is deploying teams of experts to support the national authorities ramp up the response and avert widespread infections. Health authorities in Guinea declared an…

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New Ebola outbreak declared in Guinea

Samples of the confirmed cases have been sent to the Institut Pasteur in Senegal for a full genome sequencing to identify the strain of the Ebola virus

Health authorities in Guinea today declared an outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture after three Ebola cases were confirmed by the national laboratory, marking the first time the disease has been reported in the country since an outbreak ended in 2016. Initial investigations found…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: WHO leads Partner coordination and Collaboration in the fight against COVID-19 in the Acholi sub region, Northern Uganda

The coordination has helped to harmonize response activities, foster accountability, and transparency

A Regional Partners’ Consultative Forum established by WHO in Gulu district, Northern Uganda has strengthened partner coordination, increased resource mobilization, and created synergies for an effective COVID-19 response. The coordination has helped to harmonize response activities, foster accountability, and transparency. With WHO technical coordination and guidance, there is now less…