North Africa People 

Former Pastoral Nomads Considering In-Place Farming

By Jacqueline Skalski-Fouts Recent trends reveal that pastoralists in the Maghreb region are turning to sedentary farming practices like agroforestry as nomadic herding becomes more difficult. This unpublished article investigates the causes for this shift, associated environmental impacts, and local responses. North African pastoralism, an agricultural method used for centuries by nomadic people in the steppe highlands, is on the decline. Facing limited grazing land due to overuse and drought, pastoral nomads are favoring more sedentary farming methods like growing fruit or nut trees and crops. Developmental nonprofits in the…

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Untreated hearing loss threatens nearly 2.5 billion people worldwide – WHO 

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) report, launched ahead of World Hearing Day 2021 on Wednesday, says that in less than 30 years, nearly 2.5 billion people globally face the threat of hearing loss – at least 700 million of whom will require ear and hearing care as well as other rehabilitation services, unless action is taken.  That figure would mark a significant increase from the current 430 million people worldwide who are experiencing “disabling hearing loss”.   .@WHO’s first World Report on Hearing 👂🏽 warns 1⃣ in 4⃣ people will have…

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WHO launches free OpenWHO.org training on rehabilitation for COVID-19

The Clinical Management of Patients with COVID-19 course series is developed for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides crucial knowledge necessary to provide safe, effective quality patient care. Presentations address all aspects of clinical management, including facility preparation and surge planning; health worker infection prevention and control; interfacility transfer; clinical management of mild, moderate, and severely ill patients with COVID-19; special considerations for geriatric, pregnant, and pediatric patients with COVID-19; rehabilitation; and ethics and palliative care. The course series consists of 6 courses, which include video lectures and…

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Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners

Speaking after Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Colombia received their first round of AstraZeneca(AZ)/Oxford jabs, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the distribution of vaccines “has not been as equitable as we would have liked, but it has certainly been more equitable than it would have been otherwise”. Challenges on the ground The COVAX collective planned to deliver 11 million doses this week, Tedros continued, before cautioning that that “we still have many challenges to overcome, including the local production barriers relating to intellectual property”. Countries…

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WHO Publishes Quality Criteria for Health National Adaptation Plans

Climate change is already impacting human health and health systems, and the burden on communities and health systems is expected to further increase as temperatures rise. To respond to the growing impacts of climate change and build climate-resilient health systems, countries may develop and implement a health national adaptation plan (HNAP) as a part of the national adaptation plan process. The new WHO Quality Criteria for Health National Adaptation Plans (HNAPs) provides policy makers and ministries of health with good practices and quality criteria for health adaptation planning. The guidance…

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WHO Executive Board stresses need for improved response to mental health impact of public health emergencies

The importance of integrating mental health into preparedness and response plans for public health emergencies was emphasized by WHO Member States at the WHO Executive Board meeting held in January 2021. Delegates expressed their strong support for the adoption of a Decision on this topic, proposed by Thailand, and co-sponsored by more than 40 Member States, at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly, due to meet in May 2021.  “The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder of the importance of integrating mental health into preparedness and response…

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‘We sink or we swim together’: 5 things you need to know about COVAX

1) What is COVAX? COVAX (COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access) is the vaccines element of the ACT-Accelerator programme, led by the WHO and international partners, to develop a set of tools to fight the virus. WHO says that the programme has supported the fastest, most coordinated, and successful global effort in history to fight a disease. The aim is to distribute two billion doses, mostly to poorer countries, in 2021, and immunise 27 per cent of their citizens. “No one is safe until everyone is safe”, has been a World Health…

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UN’s nuclear watchdog agency will not be ‘bargaining chip’ in Iran nuclear deal

 After speaking to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors, Director General Rafael Grossi told a press conference that while the agency had opened a window of opportunity for diplomacy in Iran, it should not be put in the middle of negotiations between Iran, the United States and other nations over the deal.   [embedded content] On 15 February, Iran announced that it would stop implementing “voluntary transparency measures” in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran nuclear deal, along with other arrangements in…

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COVID-19 cases rise for first time in seven weeks: WHO

Four of the agency’s six regions reported a rise in numbers, with Africa and the Western Pacific excluded.  “This is disappointing, but not surprising”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking during his biweekly press briefing from Geneva.  “Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guard.”  The jump in cases comes as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues.  “Vaccines will help to save lives, but if countries rely solely on vaccines, they’re making a mistake”,…

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Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire begin history-making COVAX vaccination drives

Last week, the West African nations each received more than half a million doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford shots, branded as COVISHIELD by their Indian manufacturer, which was cleared for Emergency Use Listing (EUL) by the UN health agency on February 15. The deliveries signify the launch of the largest, most rapid and complex global vaccine rollout in history, said WHO. Meanwhile, 11 million more COVAX doses are being delivered over the next week, as part of the global effort aiming to provide at least two billion doses of donor-funded coronavirus shots to lower income countries…

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