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Coronavirus: Eswatini SMS service helps women access family planning, food amid pandemic

This service has encouraged thousands of women in Eswatini to access contraceptives, and also provided welcome monthly reminders lest they forget

Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be assured that I could visit any clinic amid COVID-19 for my contraceptive needs,” the 24-year-old said. This service has encouraged…

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Coronavirus - Morocco: Operation SALAMA reaches millions of Moroccans with pandemic information, supplies, support

The Government also worked closely with partners, including UNFPA, to reduce disease transmission and limit the impact of the pandemic on at-risk communities

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Morocco in March, alarm spread through the country. “At the start of the pandemic, we were very worried about our health,” Halima*, a migrant woman from Madagascar, told UNFPA. A state of emergency was declared, and strict movement restrictions were implemented. Within three months…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: The Somali Health and Demographic Survey Report - A tool to fight COVID-19 in Somalia

The survey holds vital information on the health and lives of the Somali people—including nomadic communities

Somalia, like many other countries, is grappling with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, with over a thousand laboratory-confirmed cases and dozens of associated deaths registered so far. With the support of international partners, the government is implementing various medical, public health, and social interventions to curb the spread of the contagion…

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Coronavirus - Gambia: Dignity Kits improve wellbeing and meet hygiene needs of women and girls amid COVID-19

The dignity kits distributed among the women and girls in the community of Basse are part of a drive to ensure they are not left behind in the National COVID-19 response

During emergency situations like The Gambia is experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the essential needs of women and girls are often and easily neglected. This is why, UNFPA The Gambia in partnership with the Gambia Red Cross Society on 7 May 2020, commenced the distribution of 300…

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Coronavirus - Africa: West and Central Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 2

Five countries have surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases, with cases in Guinea and Nigeria increasing most rapidly

Highlights Two months after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria on 27 February 2020, the West and Central Africa region is seeing a significant increase in cases and deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region indicates that the region accounts for 54% of cases and 35% of…

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New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the number of women unable to access family planning, facing unintended pregnancies, gender-based violence and other harmful practices could skyrocket by millions of cases in the months ahead, according to data released today by UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. The…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO partner to strengthen testing capacity for COVID-19 in Somalia

This remarkable milestone is a result of UNFPA and the WHO who worked together to enable laboratory capacity to be in place in Garowe

Yesterday, the first batch of COVID-19 testing results were announced in Garowe, Puntland. A total of 11 tests had been conducted with five being positive. This remarkable milestone is a result of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the World Health Organization (WHO) who worked together to enable laboratory…

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Coronavirus - Uganda: UNFPA helps protect Ugandan frontline health workers against COVID-19 infection

UNFPA supports the government's humanitarian and development efforts in the district in the context of sexual and reproductive health

COVID-19 infection prevention supplies including masks, gloves and hand sanitizers are to be distributed to frontline health workers in Madi-Okollo district, including those attending to pregnant and lactating mothers. The consignment of infection prevention commodities was handed over by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund to Madi-Okollo District Local Government…

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Coronavirus - Liberia; Learning from Ebola experience, Liberia deploys contact tracers to break COVID-19 transmission

Contact tracers are urgently being recruited, trained and deployed.

On 16 March 2020, Liberia confirmed the presence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within its borders. One week later, health authorities declared a public health emergency, and requested United Nations support in stopping the transmission of the virus. It was an eerie reminder of the Ebola epidemic that gripped Liberia six years…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: “We’ve been through more difficult times; we shall overcome this” – midwife at COVID-19 frontline

Expectant mothers are already expressing a preference to deliver at home instead of at a hospital

“In a profession that has historically always placed patients’ needs first, the degree of sacrifice being demanded of us now is unprecedented,” says midwife Justine Mangwi. With the first cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) having been confirmed in South Sudan in early April, he is concerned about protecting…