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Egypt receives second shipment of 1.77 million COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility

To date, Egypt has been allocated to receive a total of 4.5 milion doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility

An additional 1.77 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine have arrived in Cairo, Egypt; The Ministry of Health and Population leads on scaling up vaccination campaigns across the country as Egypt faces third wave of COVID-19. Egypt yesterday received 1 768 800 COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine doses delivered via the COVAX Facility. This…

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Somalia implements ground-breaking project aimed at improving psychosocial support and mental health care for young people affected by conflict through a socially-inclusive integrated approach for peace-building

Currently, about 2.6 million people are internally displaced, 40% of whom live in extreme hardship

Years of conflict, violence and recurrent climatic shocks have led to long-term displacement and economic adversity in Somalia. Currently, about 2.6 million people are internally displaced, 40% of whom live in extreme hardship. This situation has led to widespread trauma, social deprivation and substance abuse, with devastating consequences on people’s…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Historical moment for Somalia as COVID-19 vaccines arrive through COVAX Facility

Somalia has secured enough vaccines from the COVAX Facility to vaccinate at least 20% of its population in phases

On the morning of 15 March 2021, a warm sun shone brightly on an airplane landing at the Mogadishu’s Adden Adde International Airport. After one year since the first COVID-19 case was officially confirmed in Somalia, on 16 March 2020, the country received part of the 300 000 doses of…

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Sudan kicks off second response campaign against polio outbreak

Vaccinators aim to reach more than 95% of children in order to build population immunity and halt spread of the poliovirus

As the world is gearing up for mass vaccination for their populations to slow the global COVID-19 pandemic, Sudan launched a different, yet equally important, nationwide vaccination campaign against polio targeting more than 8 million children. The second vaccination round, led by the Federal Ministry of Health and supported by…

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Responding to Cyclone Gati in Puntland: Immediate assistance needed for prevention of waterborne diseases

WHO requires US$ 1.23 m to continue to implement a timely intervention to prevent deaths and help Somalia overcome the negative consequences of the cyclone

After Cyclone Gati struck Puntland State of Somalia on 22 November 2020, heavy rains and floods washed away homes, livestock, crops, and fishing boats. In its wake, the cyclone destroyed health facilities and safe sanitation systems in the area, leaving thousands of vulnerable people exposed without any shelter and livelihoods,…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Urgent need to scale up mental health services in Somalia

This request comes at a time when Somalis are faced with the consequences of the triple threat of COVID-19, flooding and desert locusts

On World Mental Health Day this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Somalia urged policy-makers, international and national agencies, and other civil society groups to scale up mental health services in Somalia. This request comes at a time when Somalis are faced with the consequences of the triple threat…

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Coronavirus: Regional Director press briefing statement

COVID-19 has shown that the world was very much underprepared to respond

By Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean COVID-19 is now a part of our daily lives. It is affecting the way we work, learn, communicate and manage our relationships. While people are eager to return to their normal lives, the reality is that the situation is not getting any better.…

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Coronavirus - Sudan: WHO and Qatar Fund for Development sign new agreement to meet health needs in Sudan

As part of the project, WHO will build the capacity of the health workforce on emergency response in the three priority states of While Nile, Kassala, and Sennar

The World Health Organization is grateful for a generous donation of US$ 1 million from the Qatar Fund for Development to support its ongoing work in Sudan for a period of one year. The agreement is part of a larger, joint project that brings together the Qatari Red Crescent and…