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Kano State Leaves No Stone Unturned, Strengthens Immunization in High Risk Communities

The capacity of 112 DSNOs and ADSNOs was further enhanced with the support of WHO to detect early and report cases

“For a long time, I was skeptical about vaccinating my children against polio, but now I know better after one of my children work up one morning with weakness of his limbs due to polio says Baba Ali, a resident of Dawakin Kudu LGA in Kano State  “I thank God…

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Ensuring Access to Healthcare Services in Hard-to-reach Areas of South Sudan

As part of the response to meet the growing health and nutrition needs WHO delivered lifesaving treatments and supplies including trauma, pneumonia, and diarrhea kits

As a team of health workers from the State Ministry of Health in Western Equatoria and WHO arrived in Nadiangere village of Western Equatoria in June 2021, they were welcomed by cheering residents who gathered at Nadiangere Primary Health Care Unit. The team was distributing medicine and supplies delivered by…

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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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Almost four million children set to receive measles rubella vaccine

The campaign, which will be conducted from 26 June to 5 July, aims to vaccinate 3.9 million children aged 9 months to 5 years, in 22 counties across Kenya

An urgent measles and rubella (MR) vaccination campaign was launched today in Kajiado County by the Government of Kenya, with support of World Health Organization, WHO, UNICEF, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The campaign, which will be conducted from 26 June to 5 July, aims…

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Drop in blood donations add to maternal health threats in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened the shortfall, with donations dropping by 17% over the past year

Just half of the blood needed for transfusion each year in the African region is collected, leaving many facing life-threatening shortages. The COVID-19 pandemic has further worsened the shortfall, with donations dropping by 17% over the past year. One of the critical requirements for blood transfusion is in saving the…

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The Gambia eliminates trachoma as a public health problem

Trachoma is a neglected tropical eye disease that mainly affects children, with infection less common with increasing age

The Gambia has successfully eliminated trachoma as a public health problem, becoming the third African country to be validated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated the disease as a public health threat. Trachoma is a neglected tropical eye disease that mainly affects children, with infection less common…

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WHO Eritrea supports the Ministry of Health maternity waiting homes in remote areas with essential supplies

The essential supplies included maternal pajamas, baby cover and baby kits

As part of support of World Health Organization Eritrea to Ministry of Health for the continuity of essential health services on Maternal and Newborn health, WHO Eritrea handed over essential supplies that valued at 824,300.00 Nakfa to strengthen Eritrean Maternity Waiting Homes.  Maternity waiting homes are residential facilities where women…

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COVID-19 Hits Life-Saving Health Services in Africa

A new wave of COVID-19 infections could further disrupt life-saving health services, which are only now recovering from the initial impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to key health services in Africa, raising worries that some of the continent’s major health challenges could worsen. The preliminary analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) of five key essential health service indicators that include outpatient consultation, inpatient admission, skilled birth…

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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone reversing immunization decline in wake of COVID-19

COVID-19 has imposed challenges to maintaining immunization and child health care services

Although the first case of COVID-19 didn’t emerge until late in March in Sierra Leone, by late April, immunization rates and the use of child health care services had worryingly declined by about 19%. Mothers like Hawa Dumbuya feared making visits to a health facility, because they were concerned that…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: How Previous Ebola Virus Disease Outbreaks Helped Uganda Respond to COVID-19 Outbreak

Years of investment in human resources, equipment and modest infrastructure came in handy when COVID-19 struck giving the country a reasonably decent response to the outbreak

For many public health workers in Uganda, responding to disease outbreaks of epidemic potential in not new. This is because the country has been in preparedness and response modes for quite some time and its disease outbreak system has regularly been tested over the years. Uganda has had four Ebola…