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UNICEF planning ‘mammoth operation’ to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division, highlighted the importance of the partnership to ensure capacity for the massive undertaking.  “As work continues to develop COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF is stepping-up efforts with airlines, freight operators, shipping lines and other logistics associations to deliver life-saving vaccines as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.  “This invaluable collaboration will go a long way to ensure that enough transport capacity is in place for this historic and mammoth operation. We need all hands on deck as we get ready to deliver COVID-19 vaccine…

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COVID cases surge amid growing threat from antimicrobial resistance – WHO chief 

“Across Europe and North America, hospitals and ICU units are filling up or are full”, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said at a regular press briefing in Geneva.  While sharing “more good news from vaccine trials, which continues to give us hope of ending the pandemic”, he upheld the need to continue to “use the tools we have to interrupt the chains of transmission and save lives”.   Unwinding ‘century of medical progress’  The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the “intimate relationship between humans, animals…

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Remdesivir no COVID-19 silver bullet, says UN health agency

A World Health Organization (WHO) Guideline Development Group (GDG) panel of international experts made the recommendation in the BMJ – the weekly peer-reviewed medical journal, published by the British Medical Association – as part of so-called “living guidelines” to manage the coronavirus and help doctors make better decisions in consultation with patients.  “Living guidelines are useful in fast moving research areas like COVID-19 because they allow researchers to update previously vetted and peer reviewed evidence summaries as new information becomes available”, said WHO, in a press release on the findings. …

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In the face of ridicule: one woman’s fight to bring sanitation to a Nepali village

Born into the privilege and comforts of a high-caste Brahmin family in Nepal, Ratna Khawas’s life changed drastically when she got married to someone outside her social class, in 1968. She and her new husband moved to his home village in Belbari, where there were no toilets or handwashing facilities. “I got the shock of my life,” she said. “I had to go to the open field for defecation, as there were no toilets in the whole community.” That shock set her on what became a lifelong quest to improve…

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Ensure safe and hygienic sanitation for all, UN urges, marking World Toilet Day

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called the situation “unacceptable” from a moral, economic and health standpoint: “We must ensure everyone, everywhere has access to safe and hygienic sanitation services that provide privacy and dignity.”  More than one quarter of the global population still lack basic sanitation. This is unacceptable – from a moral, economic & health standpoint. We must ensure everyone, everywhere has access to safe & hygienic sanitation services that provide privacy and dignity. #WorldToiletDay pic.twitter.com/XKhLaZ4jd5 — António Guterres (@antonioguterres) November 19, 2020 World Toilet Day, observed annually on 19…

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Future of an entire generation at risk, as COVID-19 pandemic drags on

In a report, released on Thursday ahead of World Children’s Day, UNICEF outlined “dire and growing” consequences for children as the coronavirus pandemic lurches towards a second year.  Of 25.7 million #COVID19 infections in 87 countries, 1 in 9 were among children and young people under 20 years old. Not only has the pandemic directly affected their health, but it has also disrupted their education and access to vital services. pic.twitter.com/Wk3tsSZFjE — UNICEF (@UNICEF) November 19, 2020 “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a persistent myth that children are…

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Silent Pandemic: Overuse renders antimicrobials less effective – UN agriculture agency

Antimicrobial medicines, including antibiotics, have long been overused and misused, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which added that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is “spreading further and faster every day”.   AMR happening now  Antibiotics are medicines used to prevent and treat bacterial infections, explained the World Health Organization (WHO), and are included in the more encompassing term of antimicrobials.  While bacteria, not humans or animals, become antimicrobial-resistant, they may infect humans and animals, and the infections they cause are harder to treat than those caused by non-resistant bacteria.  FAO…

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

“This great achievement shows that together we can overcome any health challenge”, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director General, wrote in a tweet.  The outbreak in DRC’s northwestern Equateur Province emerged in early June and caused 130 Ebola cases and 55 deaths. Vaccinations key A key part of the response – with potential lessons for the global fight against COVID-19 – was the vaccination of more than 40,000 people at high risk of falling sick from the frequently fatal haemorrhagic disease, the WHO said in a statement. Like one…

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

Speaking, via a video message, at the launch of the Fund, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed described safe sanitation and hygiene as “critical to the response that we want to see, first, because it is about human dignity; second, it is a health issue.”  4 billion people worldwide do not have access to safely managed sanitation services, and until they do, the world cannot meet the goals of inclusive and sustainable development by 2030. The @SHFund is now officially launched to make #sanitation and #hygiene a reality for all. —…

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

“Eliminating any cancer would have once seemed an impossible dream, but we now have the cost-effective, evidence-based tools to make that dream a reality”, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. The strategy, backed by WHO Member States at the World Health Assembly last week, involves vaccinating 90 per cent of girls by the age of 15, screening 70 per cent of women by the age of 35 and again by the age of 45, and treating 90 per cent of women identified with cervical disease. ‘Big milestone’ “This is a big…

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