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Coronavirus - Africa: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations from China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) to support Ebola surveillance operations in Northeastern DRC

PPE donations from cidca official to support Ebola surveillance operations in Northeastern DRC since the end of the outbreak in June 2020. The supplies will also reinforce the COVID19 response in the area & Ebola responders in Mbandaka.  

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Coronavirus - Uganda: Ministry of Health Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign targets 1.6 million lives in the West-Nile region of Uganda

Yellow fever outbreak in the West Nile region required the Ministry’s quick response despite currently being engaged by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak response

Mr Mark Oguma Oguti and his daughter Claudia are thrilled about the launch of the Yellow Fever Vaccination campaign. Asked whether his other family members will be immunized, Mark excitedly says, “they are on the way with their mom. My wife and I always ensure that our family benefits from…

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Coronavirus - South Africa: World Health Organization surge team to arrive in South Africa

WHO will be deploying 43 experts from various fields to support the COVID-19 outbreak response management

The South African COVID-19 response will soon be bolstered by a surge team of health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO will be deploying 43 experts from various fields to support the COVID-19 outbreak response management. The first 17 health expects will arrive today and include key expertise…

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Over 10 000 health workers in Africa infected with COVID-19

Inadequate access to personal protective equipment or weak infection prevention and control measures raise the risk of health worker infection

The World Health Organization (WHO)(https://www.afro.who.int/) today warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa. More than 10 000 health workers in the 40 countries which have reported on such infections have been infected with COVID-19 so far, a sign of the challenges medical staff on the frontlines…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Reinforcing emergency response against COVID-19 in Africa

Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) are groups of health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, and paramedics that provide direct clinical care in the wake of disasters

In an expanded pool of expertise, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting several African countries to coordinate the work of external emergency medical teams deployed to support the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) are groups of health care professionals such as doctors,…

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Coronavirus - Namibia: WHO supports supplies for front line health workers

Health care workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak response and as such are exposed to hazards that put them at risk of infection

The first United Nations ‘Solidarity’ flight started delivering vital medical supplies from last week to all countries in Africa where these are needed the most.  The flight was facilitated by the World Food Programme and included WHO supported supplies of face shields, gloves, goggles, gowns, masks, medical aprons and thermometers. Supplies for…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the African Union (AU) deliver critical supplies as COVID-19 accelerates in West and Central Africa

The medical cargo contains face shields, gloves, goggles, gowns, masks, medical aprons and thermometers, as well as more than 400 ventilators

Just over two months since COVID-19 was first detected in Africa, the disease has now spread to nearly every country, resulting in nearly 17 000 confirmed cases and around 900 deaths across the continent.  While South Africa has sub-Saharan Africa’s most severe outbreak, West and Central Africa are of growing…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 pandemic expands reach in Africa

Among 47 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) African region, nearly 60% are reporting COVID-19 cases in multiple locations

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Africa continues to grow, more countries in the continent are seeing the virus spread to regions beyond the capital cities. Among 47 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) African region, nearly 60% are reporting COVID-19 cases in multiple locations compared with around…

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More than 600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa

Twelve countries in the African region are now experiencing local transmission

More than 600 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in 34 countries in Africa as of 19 March, compared with 147 cases one week ago. Although the region has seen a significant increase in confirmed cases recently, there are still fewer cases than in other parts of the world. “The…

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Sierra Leone institutes additional measures in preparedness to prevent and respond to COVID-19

The country has been implementing mandatory quarantine measures for passengers arriving from China

Sierra Leone has instituted travel restrictions as additional precautionary and extraordinary measures in preparedness to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. A statement issued on 16 March by the Office of the President prohibits all overseas travel for all government officials and urged the general public to “refrain, as far as possible,…