WHO & Regional Offices [to 7 Mar 2020]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 7 Mar 2020]
3 March 2020 News release
Shortage of personal protective equipment endangering health workers worldwide
Geneva
WHO calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent to meet rising global demand
The World Health Organization has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding and misuse – is putting lives at risk from the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
Healthcare workers rely on personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients from being infected and infecting others.
But shortages are leaving doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously ill-equipped to care for COVID-19 patients, due to limited access to supplies such as gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns, and aprons.
“Without secure supply chains, the risk to healthcare workers around the world is real. Industry and governments must act quickly to boost supply, ease export restrictions and put measures in place to stop speculation and hoarding. We can’t stop COVID-19 without protecting health workers first,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus…

1 March 2020 News release
UN releases US$15 million to help vulnerable countries battle the spread of the coronavirus
[See COVID-19 above for detail]

 

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Weekly Epidemiological Record, 6 March 2020, vol. 95, 10 (pp. 89–96)
89 Measuring capacity to implement the International Health Regulations (2005): a comparison of data from annual reporting and joint external evaluation
94 COVID-19 update
94 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January 2020

 

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WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: WHO and key health partners join forces to fight COVID-19 in Africa 06 March 2020
:: Inoculating against the ‘infodemic’ in Africa 05 March 2020
:: The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s last Ebola patient discharged  03 March 2020
:: Senegal reports first COVID-19 case 02 March 2020

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Director: The Americas must prepare to respond to imported cases, outbreaks and community transmission of COVID-19 (03/07/2020)
:: Communicating the risks to health posed by COVID-19 is key to protecting populations and mitigating spread (03/06/2020)
:: A tool to investigate outbreaks, Go.Data, is rolled out for COVID-19 in Latin America :: PAHO/WHO and Mexico strengthen laboratory capacity to detect yellow fever in the Americas (03/02/2020)

WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO emphasizes on agile response capacities, as South-East Asia Region confirms more COVID-19 cases 4 March 2020 News release
New Delhi – With India, Indonesia and Thailand confirming new cases of COVID-19, World Health Organization today asked countries in its South-East Asia Region to strengthen preparedness for all possible scenarios and ensure early containment measures.

WHO European Region EURO
:: WHO rapid response team concludes mission to Italy for COVID-19 response 06-03-2020
:: Where do we stand on women’s health in 2020? 06-03-2020
:: Statement at ministerial briefings on COVID-19 06-03-2020
:: WHO/Europe hosts coronavirus briefing for ambassadors 05-03-2020

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: Joint agreement bolsters malaria prevention and control efforts in Yemen 5 March 2020
:: WHO supports patients in Yemen with lifesaving dialysis treatment 3 March 2020
:: WHO team arrives in Tehran to support the COVID-19 response 2 March 2020
:: Pakistan confirms first two cases of COVID-19 1 March 2020

WHO Western Pacific Region
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