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NIGERIA NEWS
Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund
Global Citizen, 14 May 2020
It has been two months since the first case of coronavirus was reported in Nigeria. From the onset, the government put measures in place to slow the pandemic, including 5-week lockdowns in Lagos and Abuja.
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No definitive treatment for COVID-19 patients —Physicians
Punch, 10 May 2020
President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Francis Faduyile; and a nephrologist, Prof. Babatunde Salako, say there is no definitive treatment for the treatment of the novel coronavirus.
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Only carefully coordinated, collaborative efforts can defeat COVID-19 — Osibanjo
Vanguard, 15 May 2020
Vice President, Prof. Yemi  Osinbajo on Thursday, said that with the unprecedented nature of COVID-19 pandemic, only careful coordination and collaborative efforts can defeat the virus in the country.
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COVID-19: Home treatment will increase infections, NMA, nurses warn
Punch, 11 May 2020
The Nigerian Medical Association and the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives on Sunday cautioned the Federal  Government against treating COVID-19 patients at home.
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COVID-19: PSN appeals to FG for import waiver on essential drugs
Vanguard, 11 May 2020
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN has appealed to the Federal Government to extend the recent import waiver on medical supplies by President Mohammadu Buhari to all essential drugs and not only those related to COVID-19.
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Nigerian tops 50 leading biomedical, health scientists elected to British Academy fellowship
Guardian, 15 May 2020
A Nigerian-born professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Director, University College London (UCL) Institute for Global Health, United Kingdom (UK), Ibrahim Abubakar, has emerged top among 50 leading biomedical and health scientists elected to the British Academy of Medical Sciences.
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GLOBAL NEWS
Amid Rising Grief, Fear over COVID-19, Governments Must Make Ambitious Commitments to Treat Mental Illness, Secretary-General Says
Relief Web, 14 May 2020
Mental health is at the core of our humanity. It enables us to lead rich and fulfilling lives and to participate in our communities. But the COVID-19 virus is not only attacking our physical health; it is also increasing psychological suffering.
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The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining health crisis of our time
The Cable., 14 May 2020
Beginning with a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China, this novel coronavirus has spread with alarming speed, shaking the foundations of health systems, economies, and societies around the world.
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COVID-19 (coronavirus): Ensuring continuity of health services in the Middle East and North Africa
World Bank Blog, 13 May 2020
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is facing an increasing burden on health systems from COVID-19 (coronavirus), with over 200,000 confirmed cases and almost 10,000 deaths reported.
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WHO: People living longer and healthier lives but COVID-19 threatens to throw progress off track
WHO, 13 May 2020
All over the world, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening the recent advances in health and progress towards global development goals highlighted in the 2020 World Health Statistics published by the World Health Organization (WHO) today.
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Nearly 1,000 Africa health workers contracted virus - WHO
TRT World, 13 May 2020
Nearly a thousand health workers, mostly nurses, have contracted coronavirus in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, as the world marks International Nurses Day 2020.
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COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings
WHO, 14 May 2020
UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR draw urgent attention of political leaders to the heightened vulnerability of prisoners and other people deprived of liberty to the COVID-19 pandemic, and urge them to take all appropriate public health measures.
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The cost of inaction: COVID-19-related service disruptions could cause hundreds of thousands of extra deaths from HIV
UNAIDS, 11 May 2020
A modelling group convened by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS has estimated that if efforts are not made to mitigate and overcome interruptions in health services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic…
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ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Analysis of tools for parliamentary engagement on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health
Relief Web, 12 May 2020
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the global organization of national parliaments. It has a membership of 179 Member Parliaments. The IPU promotes democratic governance, institutions and values, working with parliaments and parliamentarians to articulate and respond to the needs and aspirations of the people.
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WHO’s financing model prohibits their neutrality : Prof. Rajendra Pratap Gupta
ET Healthworld, 13 May 2020
COVID-19 pandemic is segmentally sorting out and uncovering the entities that are doomed to fail versus the ones to endure for survival.
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WHO announces winners of Health for All Film Festival
WHO, 12 May 2020
WHO's online awards ceremony of its inaugural Health for All Film Festival took place online on 12 May. It was a tribute to all champions of health worldwide! Launched last October 2019, this festival received nearly 1300 short films from more than 110 countries.
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A chance for universal healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa
UNDP, 13 May 2020
COVID-19 has done more than throw economies, livelihoods and societies into chaos, it has also given us more than a pause for thought on how our societies are constructed.
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Triple Billion dashboard
WHO, 15 May 2020
The Triple Billion targets are an ambitious initiative to improve the health of billions of people by 2023. They are the foundation of WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 13) acting as both a measurement and a policy strategy.
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New WHO resource on enhancing competencies of primary care nurses
WHO, 12 May 2020
For International Nurses Day on 12 May, WHO/Europe has published a set of resources to support countries to invest in and strengthen their primary health-care nursing workforce.
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UPDATES AND EVENTS
Current outbreak situation
WHO, 24 April 2020
Take a look at our COVID-19 dashboard to see the latest number of confirmed cases and deaths across the world. Find out which regions and countries have been most affected since the beginning of the outbreak.
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Whatever you can give counts
WHO, 10 April 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.
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3rd Walk the Talk: Health for All Challenge
WHO, 16 – 17 May 2020
The Virtual Walk the Talk will be held on 16-17 May 2020, and you are invited to join in from home wherever you are located in the world! WHO and its partners, through a range of online platforms, will host online exercises, information sessions, and live chats with health experts on topics ranging from physical and mental health to nutrition and healthy ageing.
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73rd World Health Assembly
WHO, 18 – 19 May 2020
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. This year, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd World Health Assembly will be virtual.
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