WHO & Regional Offices [to 11 July 2020]
9 July 2020 News release
Independent evaluation of global COVID-19 response announced
[See Milestones above for detail]
6 July 2020 News release
WHO: access to HIV medicines severely impacted by COVID-19 as AIDS response stalls
Countries seek innovative ways to mitigate the impact of disruptions and keep services going
Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the International AIDS Society’s biannual conference. Twenty-four countries reported having either a critically low stock of ARVs or disruptions in the supply of these life-saving medicines.
The survey follows a modelling exercise convened by WHO and UNAIDS in May which forecasted that a six-month disruption in access to ARVs could lead to a doubling in AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020 alone.
In 2019, an estimated 8.3 million people were benefiting from ARVs in the 24 countries now experiencing supply shortages. This represents about one third (33%) of all people taking HIV treatment globally. While there is no cure for HIV, ARVs can control the virus and prevent onward sexual transmission to other people.
A failure of suppliers to deliver ARVs on time and a shut-down of land and air transport services, coupled with limited access to health services within countries as a result of the pandemic, were among the causes cited for the disruptions in the survey.
The findings of this survey are deeply concerning,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Countries and their development partners must do all they can to ensure that people who need HIV treatment continue to access it. We cannot let the COVID-19 pandemic undo the hard-won gains in the global response to this disease…
Weekly Epidemiological Record, 10 July 2020, vol. 95, 28 (pp. 325–336)
Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 27–28 May 2020
WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Africa records over 500 000 COVID-19 cases 08 July 2020
Brazzaville/Cairo – COVID-19 infections in Africa today surpassed 500 000, and there is concern as a growing number of countries are experiencing a sharp rise in cases. So far, in less than five months, the virus has claimed 11 959 lives, overtaking the 11 308 lives lost in the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.
Cases have more than doubled in 22 countries in the region over the past month. Nearly two-thirds of countries are experiencing community transmission. Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa account for about 71% of COVID-19 cases. South Africa alone accounts for 43% of the continent’s total cases…
:: Burkina Faso resumes polio vaccination campaigns under strict COVID-19 prevention measures 06 July 2020
Brazzaville – Burkina Faso today concluded a four-day mass polio immunization campaign, vaccinating 174 304 children under five years of age in two districts of the country’s Centre-East region while observing COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.
The campaign is the first to be conducted since the government suspended all mass immunization on 27 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic to comply with the physical distancing guidelines to curb transmission of the virus.
As immunization campaigns resume, World Health Organization (WHO) teams at both regional and country offices have developed guidance for countries and frontline workers to ensure their safety and that of the children and their families…
WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
:: PAHO Director calls for protection of health workers in face of the advancing COVID19 pandemic in the region of the Americas (04/07/2020)
:: Amid COVID-19 pandemic, new WHO report urges greater investments in the nursing workforce (04/07/2020)
WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: Maldives, Sri Lanka eliminate measles and rubella, ahead of 2023 target 8 July 2020 News release
WHO European Region EURO
:: New WHO study shows how Ireland can reduce health-related financial hardship and unmet need by delivering universal access to health care 08-07-2020
:: WHO/Europe expert team reaches Turkmenistan to support the country’s COVID-19 response 07-07-2020
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: COVID-19 presents opportunities for greater collaboration on the SDGS, says WHO’s Regional Director 8 July 2020
:: WHO delivers essential COVID-19 supplies to Afghanistan 5 July 2020
WHO Western Pacific Region
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