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NIGERIA NEWS
Health workers demand N.1m coronavirus allowance
Punch, April 1, 2020
The Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals on Tuesday told the Federal Government to pay health workers fighting the spread of coronavirus N100,000 special hazard allowance.
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Lassa fever deaths in Nigeria rise to 185
Vanguard, April 3, 2020
Amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus disease, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday said deaths from the Lassa fever the outbreak in the country has hits 185.
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Rotavirus vaccination: ‘160,000 children risk death annually’
Vanguard, April 3, 2020
A Professor of Microbial Pathology/Infectious Disease, Michael Odimayo, has said that incorporating rotavirus vaccination into the National Programme on Immunization this year, will prevent about 160,000 childhood deaths annually in the country.
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I celebrate my resilience, says COVID-19 survivor
Guardian, 31 March 2020
One of the discharged survivors who tested positive for coronavirus has recounted her experience inside the isolation centre in Lagos State after she was given a clean bill of health yesterday, March 30.
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Coronavirus: NHIS releases funds for capitation
Punch, 01 April 2020
The National Health Insurance Scheme said it has released funds for the payment of capitation and fee-for-service for its subscribers for the second quarter of 2020.
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COVID-19: 2,000 tests in one month, not enough – Reps deputy minority leader tells FG
Vanguard, 02 April 2020
Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Toby Okechukwu has decried the insufficiency of coronavirus pandemic testing centres in the country.
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GLOBAL NEWS
Listen to Midwives to Achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030
New security Beat, 03 April 2020
What is inherent in the word “universal,” is that it is for all women, said Anneka Knutsson, Chief of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), at a recent Wilson Center event on the importance of midwives in achieving universal health coverage.
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Coronavirus Proves Need for Free Healthcare for All - Now
All Africa, 02 April 2020
The multi-layered crisis of the Coronavirus epidemic has been a dramatic shock to everyone. But, to communities affected by HIV and AIDS, the crisis has not only brought a further shock to already vulnerable people, it has brought other reactions too - a troubling sense of déjà vu, and a passionate, empathetic, fierce solidarity with all those affected by Coronavirus.
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COVID-19: Malaria drugs getting scarce – Doctors
Punch, April 2, 2020
Limited global stocks of two anti-malarial drugs could wreck plans to use the medicines, currently in clinical trials, to treat COVID-19, doctors cautioned on Thursday.
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World Bank Group Launches First Operations for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency Health Support, Strengthening Developing Country Responses
World Bank Group, 02 April 2020
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a first set of emergency support operations for developing countries around the world, using a dedicated, fast-track facility for COVID-19 (coronavirus) response.
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How our responses to climate change and the coronavirus are linked
World Economic Forum, 02 April 2020
We live in an age in which intersecting crises are being lifted to a global scale, with unseen levels of inequality, environmental degradation and climate destabilization, as well as new surges in populism, conflict, economic uncertainty, and mounting public health threats.
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The European Commission: how we are helping EU citizens and businesses cope with COVID-19
World Economic Forum, 31 March 2020
Pandemics have plagued civilisations throughout human history. This one has spread at breakneck speed, creating a severe public health emergency and causing a shock to the European and global economies.
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COVID-19 Solidarity Fund close to US$100 million
WHO, 27 March 2020
Individuals and organizations who want to help fight the pandemic and support WHO and partners can now donate through the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO. Donations have reached US$100 million dollars in just 2 weeks.
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Staying healthy at home
WHO, 3 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and exercise. Here is advice to help you and your family stay healthy at home during this period of confinement.
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COVID-19, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding
WHO, 03 April 2020
Research is currently underway to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on pregnant women. In this Q&A, we take a look at what we know so far.
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New WHO Guide to help countries expand access to essential medicines
WHO, 30 March 2020
WHO’s new user guide for countries, ‘Selection of medicines at country level’, is based on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines. It sets out the key actions countries should undertake to develop and update their own national essential medicines lists based on the treatment needs of their populations and their capacity to reimburse payments for medicines.
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AIDS, TB And Malaria: Coronavirus Threatens The Endgame
Forbes, 29 March 2020
Right now, as we speak, 1.3 billion Indians are on lockdown because of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. What happens to over 2.5 million Indians who are currently on tuberculosis treatment? Even without COVID-19, 5% of Indians with TB die
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“Decent working conditions for the young health workforce: what are the challenges and can we find solutions?”
The European Sting, April 2, 2020
It is predicted by 2030 a potential shortfall of 8 million health workers and in order to prevent this, we need to develop a comprehensive strategy that can guarantee a well-distributed, technically and humanistically capable and supported health workforce, which will require a local, national and international commitment.
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Boost community health worker capacity to fight Covid-19
Daily Nation, March 29, 2020
Training Community Health Volunteers in Covid-19 prevention and control would enable them deliver quality services and accurate messages.
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How Big Four pillars can reduce cost of healthcare in Kenya
Daily Nation, March 29, 2020
Increasing production of pharmaceuticals, lab reagents as well as other medical supplies in the local market will reduce the overall cost of healthcare and enable sustainability of UHC as presently most of these items are imported.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 27 March 2020, vol. 95, no. 13 (117–132) [EN/FR]
Relief web, 27 March 2020
Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza A viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness 127 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis...
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You have questions? We have answers!
WHO, 03 April 2020
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Open the link and text "Hi" to the WhatsApp number. We will answer! 
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