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Coronavirus - Africa: Increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa

There has been a 20% increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases & 86% increase in deaths in the Region compared to the last reporting period. For more detailed analysis, read our most recent COVID-19 Situation Report: https://bit.ly/3nRLKJU 10 countries account for 86% (1,057,272) of reported COVID-19 cases in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 halting crucial mental health services in Africa, WHO survey

The survey of 28 African countries was undertaken as part of the first global examination of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services

Critical funding gaps are halting and disrupting crucial mental health services in Africa, as demand for these services rise amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new World Health Organization (WHO) survey shows. The survey of 28 African countries was undertaken as part of the first global examination of the devastating impact…

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UPDATED: WHO Africa Online Press Briefing on COVID19

The briefing will particularly focus on COVID-19 and mental health

Please join an online media briefing, which will provide you with the latest information on COVID-19 in Africa and is organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and facilitated by APO Group. The briefing will particularly focus on COVID-19 and mental health. Speakers include: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director…

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Noncommunicable diseases increase risk of dying from COVID-19 in Africa

In South Africa, which accounts for nearly half of all cases and deaths on the continent, 61% of the COVID-19 patients in hospitals had hypertension and 52% had diabetes

There is increasing evidence that Africans living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and diabetes are more likely to suffer severe cases of COVID-19 and die. In South Africa, which accounts for nearly half of all cases and deaths on the continent, 61% of the COVID-19 patients in hospitals…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 Genome Sequencing Laboratory Network Launches in Africa

Ongoing sequencing is already providing crucial information for determining the type of SARS-CoV-2 lineage circulating in some countries

With several African countries now expanding COVID-19 testing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) have launched a network of laboratories to reinforce genome sequencing of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, in Africa.…

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Preventing HIV in high HIV burden settings through voluntary medical male circumcision

New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) updates earlier recommendations on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention

Preventing heterosexually acquired HIV and achieving global HIV incidence goals require a combination of interventions. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is one of these interventions in settings with a high burden of HIV. New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) updates earlier recommendations on VMMC for HIV prevention. These…

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Coronavirus - Zambia: Home Care Strategy for COVID-19 eases the pressure on Health Facilities

Zambia's home care strategy for COVID-19 patients eases the pressure on health facilities & protects the delivery of essential health services. In Nakonde district, a network of community volunteers partly trained by World Health Organization (WHO) manage & monitor patients.

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Coronavirus: Zambia’s COVID-19 home-based care relieves health facilities

Under home-based care system, asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients under 50 years without underlying conditions or co-morbidities are cared for at home by families

Shortly after Zambia reported its first cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, the country’s National Public Health Institute launched intensive, targeted screenings for cases in high-risk populations and locations. In Nakonde, a town on the border with Tanzania, the screenings revealed a huge number of infections. “We recorded 400 cases…

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Coronavirus - Africa: WHO urges strong COVID-19 safety measures as African countries to resume air travel

While open borders are vital for the free flow of goods and people, initial analysis by WHO found that lockdowns along with public health measures reduced the spread of COVID-19

As African countries begin to reopen borders and air spaces, it is crucial that governments take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in infections due to the resumption of commercial flights and airport operations. Many African governments acted swiftly, implementing confinement and travel restrictions in the early…

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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,…