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Latest Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is declared over, with lessons for COVID-19  

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over, the government announced on Wednesday, after a five-month response supported by the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners.   

Persons living with disabilities ‘have very special abilities’, UN deputy chief tells young Ghanaians  

During her visit to Ghana on Monday, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed met with young people living with HIV and disabilities in the capital, Accra.   

New partnership to boost maternal and newborn health in East and Southern Africa

Some 10,000 health workers will be trained to support mothers and newborns in Africa through a partnership between the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and Laerdal Global Health, the non-profit arm of a Norwegian company that provides innovative training, educational and therapy solutions for emergency medical care and patient safety.

UN-backed fund to address crisis in global sanitation and hygiene

A UN-backed fund, launched on Tuesday, is set to take on the centuries-old crisis centred around sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health, which now impacts more than four billion people across the world. 

WHO rolls out plan to rid world of cervical cancer, saving millions of lives

The World Health Organization (WHO) set out a strategy on Tuesday for eliminating cervical cancer, which would avoid the death of an estimated five million women and girls from the disease, by 2050.

No time for complacency as COVID-19 cases surge: WHO chief

Despite encouraging news about COVID-19 vaccines and cautious optimism over potential new tools against the disease, “this is not the time for complacency,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday during his latest press briefing in Geneva. 

Diabetes increasing COVID risks, showing need to strengthen health systems 

As the number of people with diabetes surges, many are at “increased risk of severe disease and death from COVID-19”, the UN chief said in his message for World Diabetes Day, on Saturday. 

COVID-19: Consequences of ‘chronic under-investment in public health’ laid bare: Tedros

A global chronic under-investment in public health has been exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, which must now lead to a major re-think in how all societies value health, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday.

South Sudan: ‘No child anywhere should suffer from polio’ – UN health agency

Although South Sudan had recently been declared free from the wild poliovirus, the UN health agency said on Friday that 15 children under the age of five are reported to have been infected by a vaccine-derived form of polio, which has left them with irreversible paralysis. 

Neglected tropical diseases: Countries endorse new targets to eradicate 20 killers

A bold new blueprint to tackle all neglected tropical diseases has been agreed at the UN health agency’s World Health Assembly, which will involve a radical shift in approach by Member States and non-state actors, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

‘Bring life to those fighting for breath’, UNICEF urges on World Pneumonia Day 

Pneumonia is not a new emergency, it takes the lives of some 800,000 children each year, but this year’s COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more critical to stop the deadly infection, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Thursday. 

UN deputy chief conducts solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel

The UN Deputy Secretary-General is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the Organization’s support to countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

World can save lives and ‘end this pandemic, together’ – WHO chief

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues evolving, the world must “take all opportunities to learn and improve the response as we go”, the UN health agency chief said on Friday.     

‘Emergency action’ needed to prevent major polio, measles epidemics

Globally, millions of children are at a heightened risk of polio and measles – dangerous but preventable diseases – amid disruptions to vital immunization programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said.

FROM THE FIELD: coping with COVID in refugee camps

Physical distancing, handwashing with soap, wearing masks: these are some of the most basic, recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19, but for many refugees, and other displaced people, they can be very difficult to follow.

Ahead of global health assembly, WHO stresses need for solidarity, preparation

The COVID-19 pandemic can be defeated through science, solutions and solidarity, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, underlining one of its core messages throughout the crisis. 

Protecting citizens from COVID while granting refugee access, can be done: UNHCR

It is possible for countries to both protect public health and “ensure access” for vulnerable people forced to flee their homes, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Wednesday.

Deputy UN chief pushes Security Council on global ceasefire, to fight ‘common enemy’

The UN Deputy Secretary-General on Tuesday urged the Security Council to do more to encourage combatants across the world to put down their guns and focus instead on fighting “our common enemy” – the coronavirus.

Protect children and relief workers caught up in conflict, urges UN rights envoy

Indiscriminate attacks on education and health facilities during armed conflict is having a “dramatic impact” on children and humanitarian personnel, the UN envoy for Children and Armed Conflict said on Monday.

‘If we invest in health systems, we can bring this virus under control’ – WHO chief

Health systems and global preparedness are not only an investment in the future but “the foundation of our response” to today’s COVID-19 health crisis, the head of the UN’s health agency said on Monday.  

First Person: supporting migrants on the COVID-19 frontline in Myanmar

One of the far-reaching effects of the global lockdown brought on the COVID-19 pandemic has been the return of migrant workers to their home countries.  The UN gender agency, UN Women has been supporting the authorities in Myanmar, under the EU–UN funded Spotlight Initiative, to provide for the needs of women.

Long-term symptoms of COVID-19 ‘really concerning’, says WHO chief

With some COVID-19 patients reporting long-term symptoms, including damage to major organs, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged Governments to ensure they receive necessary care.

Kenya relief bid begins to avert ‘hunger crisis’ among poor workers hit by COVID 

In Kenya, a major UN-led cash and nutrition relief project is underway for informal workers facing a hunger crisis brought on by COVID-19, amidst warnings on Friday that the situation is likely even worse in many poorer countries. 

UN agency chiefs appeal for ‘open science’ beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial 

The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards “open science”, citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion. 

Yemeni children suffer record rates of acute malnutrition, putting ‘entire generation’ at risk 

Yemeni children are suffering acute malnutrition at unprecedented rates as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis grinds on and funding falls far short of what is needed to offset the effects of conflict and  economic collapse, UN agencies said in a statement on Tuesday.  
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