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Coronavirus – Uganda: 541 people living with HIV and AIDS in Yumbe traced and linked back into care

Download logoWhen Uganda’s President, H.E. Yoweri Museveni, announced a nationwide lockdown in March 2020, he also banned mass gatherings. This was done to control the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. To Amati Odraru, prohibiting gatherings meant limiting her monthly visits to the HIV clinic at Yumbe Health Centre IV. Her worry was that if she attended the clinic days, chances were high that many people would come on the same day for treatment and they would be either arr

Coronavirus – Malawi: COVID-19 Daily Information Update (8th August 2020)

New cases: 49 Total confirmed cases: 4624 Total active cases: 2152 Total recovered: 2329 (145 New) Total number of tests conducted: 34443 (392 New) Total deaths: 143 (6 New)Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Health and Population, Republic of Malawi.Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 8 August 6 pm EAT

As of 8 August 2020, 6pm EAT African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,024,148), deaths (22,515), and recoveries (707,494) by region: Central (51,269 cases; 955 deaths; 37,505 recoveries): Burundi (405; 1; 312), Cameroon (18,586; 394; 16,094), CAR (4,641; 59; 1,716), Chad (942; 76; 838), Congo (3,637; 58; 1,585), DRC (9,436; 218; 8,275), Equatorial Guinea (4,821; 83; 2,182), Gabon (7,923; 51; 5,704), sao Tome & Principe (878; 15; 799) Eastern (88,187; 1,954; 49,856): Com

Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament Presiding Officers wish Veteran MP Prince Buthelezi a speedy recovery from COVID-19

Download logoThe Presiding Officers of Parliament, led by National Assembly Speaker Ms Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Mr Amos Masondo, wishes veteran National Assembly Member of Parliament, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a speedy recovery after testing positive for COVID-19. Prince Buthelezi is one of the long-serving Members of Parliament since the establishment of our democratic Parliament in 1994, and continues to serve as a reservoir of wisdom and experience for

Coronavirus: Nigeria commemorates World Mask Week

Download logoThe Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) joins the global movement to motivate all citizens to wear a face mask. World Mask Week (WMW) aims to reinforce the importance of wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In the absence of a vaccine that can prevent infection, and as COVID-19 cases increase globally, citizens must depend on non-pharmaceutical measures, which include the use of face masks, hand washing, physical distancing and supportive management of confirm

Coronavirus – South Sudan: From exposure to protection

The entire hospital is much cleaner. It used to be smelly, but not anymore,” says Akuol Deng Kur (40). She has done her best keeping the Military Hospital in Renk as spotless as possible since 2013, not an easy feat when your tools are limited. “Before, I only had local brooms available. Sometimes I had to use only water, soap wasn’t always available,” she says. “what about personal protection gear?” “I have been cleaning the hospital including ha

Coronavirus – Liberia: ‘We Appreciate Your Gesture’

Download logoWith recent wave of donations to the Ministry of Health (MOH) by both national and international organizations to pep talk its fight against the venomous Coronavirus pandemic that has engulfed the world and threatened global health, Liberian Health Minister Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah has thanked Andrew Young Foundation and University Consortium for donating assorted medical supplies to the Ministry. Andrew Young Foundation and University Consortium on Thursday, July 31, 2020, donated

Coronavirus – Nigeria: We must develop, modernize blood transfusion service in Nigeria with a Blood Service Commission says Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Download logoThe Honourable Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire has restated the need for a modernized blood transfusion service in Nigeria stating that “the importance of blood transfusion service in the health system of a country is not something that we need to emphasize again”, in our country here, apart from a very high mortality rate, a large portion of which is very high, is ascribed to blood loss.” The Minister of Health, made this statement when a visiting team fr

Coronavirus – Liberia: Ministry of Health (MOH) receives Oxygen Concentrators from WHO

Following donation of ventilator worth US$699,500 to the Ministry of Health (MOH) by the World Bank recently to ensuring that Liberian “lives are safe by building the health system in the Country, the Ministry has again received, 21 pieces of Oxygen Concentrators from the World Health Organization (WHO) to support its Coronavirus response. The donation was made on Thursday, August 6, 2020 on the Ministry’s Compound in Congo Town, Monrovia. An oxygen concentrator is a device that c

Coronavirus – Liberia: World Bank donates Ventilator to Liberia

The World Bank (WB) on July 23, 2020 donated 20 ventilators to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health (MOH) to boost Liberia’s preparedness in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak in the Country, which amount to 24 ventilators in the Country. The Bank made the donation to adequately prepare the country for the threat posed by the virus, especially if cases start to rise and more ventilators are required to aid patients’ recovery.  “Timely provis

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: 1 in 4 Refugee Children in Pagak are Dangerously Malnourished

Download logoAction Against Hunger,the world’s nonprofit hunger specialist, today warned of a growing hunger crisis in Ethiopia. Newly released data reveals that nearly one in four South Sudanese refugee children who recently arrived in Gambella suffer from life-threatening malnutrition. COVID-19 cases in the country have more than tripled in the past month, complicating hunger relief efforts. Action Against Hunger conducted a mass screening of 1,955 refugee children younger than five y

Coronavirus – Uganda: Matuma Health Centre III sees an increase in deliveries during the COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda

Download logoAs you enter Matuma Health Centre III in Yumbe District, northern Uganda, a handwashing facility with soap awaits you. You cannot enter the health centre without washing your hands first and wearing a mask. All people seeking services at this health centre – inpatients and outpatients – are wearing masks branded ‘GoU’ (Government of Uganda) which were distributed by the government free of charge as part of measures to control the spread of COVID-19. From

Coronavirus – South Africa: COVID-19 statistics in South Africa (7th August 2020)

Test conducted - 3183658 Positive cases identified - 545476 Total recoveries - 394759 Total deaths - 9909 New cases - 7292Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa, Department of Health.Media filesDownload logo

ECOWAS hands over sheep kits and cattle feed to households in Kebbi State, Nigeria

Download logoAs part of its commitment to bolstering food security in the region, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through its Regional Agency for Agriculture and Food (ARAA), is handing over Sheep Kits and Cattle Feed to households in Kebbi state of Nigeria on the 8th of August 2020. The donations event taking place in Kangiwa, which is in the Arewa Local Government Area of the state is meant to bring succour to the vulnerable families whose livelihoods, as agro-pastor

Coronavirus: UN Malawi COVID-19 Situation Update

Download logoMALAWI HIGHLIGHTS 43 laboratories are now operational across the country 3500 test kits, 10000 master mix and 3000 controls were received but GeneXpert cartilages are urgently required 6 districts were supported to rehabilitate community victim support unit structures 559,018 learners received food and cash for school meal take-home rations Rural communities in10 districts were supported with COVID-19 agricultural advice Urgent funding is required to

Coronavirus: UNHCR Ethiopia Bi-monthly Operational Update

Download logo769,310 Refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 July 37,407 Handwashing facilities in camps 18.9 litres Average per capita water supply in camps 2,151 Health and community workers trained Download Report: https://bit.ly/33GdR6X COVID-19 Operational Context The Government of Ethiopia declared a five-month state of emergency in early April 2020 as part of the efforts to contain the spread of corona virus in the country. This came weeks after it closed all land borders and sch

Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19 (07 August 2020) (- WHO Update

Download logoSeventeen (17) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2902 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to two thousand, one hundred and twenty-eight (2128). To date, one thousand, two hundred and ninety-seven (1297) patients have recovered and been discharged, including thirty-nine (39) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is eight hundred and twenty-six (826) and five (5) deaths. The new cases are in Rubavu (12) returning residents i

Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19 (07 August 2020)

Download logoSeventeen (17) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2902 samples tested today. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to two thousand, one hundred and twenty-eight (2128). To date, one thousand, two hundred and ninety-seven (1297) patients have recovered and been discharged, including thirty-nine (39) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is eight hundred and twenty-six (826) and five (5) deaths. The new cases are in Rubavu (12) returning residents i

Coronavirus – Africa: COVID-19 Disease Response (Situation Report, 25 July – 07 August 2020)

Download logo-18,614,177 Confirmed cases in more than 200 countries, territories or areas -702,642 Deaths -80,884 Restrictions on mobility have been adopted by 219 countries, territories or areas -1,372 IOM movements cancelled -$206M Received by IOM for its Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for Coronavirus 2019 Since it was initially reported on 31 December 2019, the disease known as COVID-19 has spread rapidly across the globe, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to

Coronavirus – South Africa: Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 cases for 7 August

Download logoAs of 1pm on 7 August, the Western Cape has active 8631 cases of COVID-19, with a total of 97506 confirmed cases and 85528 recoveries. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 97506 Total recoveries 85528 Total deaths 3347 Total active cases (currently infected patients) 8631 Tests conducted 433443 Hospitalisations 1266 wit

The United States announces $7.5 million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance to contain Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Download logoThe United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $7.5 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the 11th outbreak of Ebola in Équateur Province in Northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  The funding also will support Ebola survivors and maintain a rapid-response capacity in Eastern DRC, where the DRC's 10th outbreak, also the second-largest outbreak of the disease in history was dec

Coronavirus – Nigeria: COVID-19 Situation Report for Nigeria (7th August 2020)

The COVID-19 Nigeria situation report for 7th August, 2020 has been published. Our daily COVID-19 situation reports provide a summary of the epidemiological situation & response activities in Nigeria. Download via: https://bit.ly/3bWXXqpDistributed by APO Group on behalf of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).Media filesDownload logo

Coronavirus: Côte d’Ivoire Independence Day

Download logoBy Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I send my best wishes to the government and people of Côte d’Ivoire as you celebrate 60 years of independence. As our countries continue to combat COVID-19, we are encouraged by our shared commitment to defeating the pandemic, rebuilding our economies, and emerging from this crisis more resilient than before. This year, we are also&

Coronavirus – Nigeria: Support from World Health Organization (WHO) to help investigate and trace COVID-19 cases

Nigeria is strengthening disease surveillance to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In Lagos, World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the health authorities by mobilizing surveillance teams to help investigate & trace patients with symptoms in health facilities. Dr Wesley Salifu, 27, a surveillance assistant in Lagos, takes a canoe to a riverine community in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos. He is one of the 16 World Health Organization (WHO) consultants helping to find COVID-19 cases in health


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