Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Ethiopia |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: WHO donates 3,000 oxygen cylinders to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute to strengthen the capacity of COVID-19 treatment centres

The first batch of 500 cylinders was delivered at the handing-over ceremony today and the remaining 2,500 cylinders will be delivered in batches over the next couple of months

On 30 November 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) 500 of the 3,000 oxygen cylinders procured for the institute to improve access to oxygen for critical care and strengthen the oxygen capacity of health facilities providing COVID-19 treatment services. “As COVID-19 continues…

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    • Two South Africa Department of Health nurses talk with Jerair Ratevosian, Senior Advisor from the PEPFAR AIDS project of the US State Department, about their collaborative strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention and care, at the King Dinuzulu Clinic in KwaZulu-Natal
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World AIDS Day: Working together to fight the triple threat of HIV, TB and COVID-19

To find creative solutions for the colliding epidemics of HIV, TB and COVID-19 – a “triple threat” that has had a significant impact on HIV programmes reaching their targets

As Africa works to get back on track to meet its UNAIDS HIV prevention and care targets, healthcare organisations like the BroadReach Group (www.BroadReachcorporation.com) are partnering with governments and donors to find creative solutions for the colliding epidemics of HIV, TB and COVID-19 – a “triple threat” that has had…

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    • Health worker tests a community member for HIV in Luweero District
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HIV/AIDS services must remain crucial during the COVID-19 outbreak

HIV AIDS has been prevalent in Uganda for more than thirty years, with the prevalence among adults 15-49 years standing at 6.0%

This year’s commemoration of World AIDS Day occurs in a complicated terrain where essential services have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the theme "End Inequality, End AIDS. End pandemic" this day is more than a call for a balance in health interventions to give all patients the chance…

Source: UNICEF Nigeria |

A child was infected with HIV every two minutes in 2020 – UNICEF

A prolonged COVID-19 pandemic is deepening the inequalities that have long driven the HIV epidemic, UNICEF warns, ahead of World AIDS Day

At least 300,000 children were newly infected with HIV in 2020, or one child every two minutes, UNICEF said in a report released today, ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December. Another 120,000 children died from AIDS-related causes during the same period, or one child every five minutes. In…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (B.1.1.529)

WHO commends South Africa and Botswana for the speed and transparency with which they notified and shared information on Omicron

WHO has issued advice to countries on travel, given the circulation of Omicron variant. WHO commends South Africa and Botswana for the speed and transparency with which they notified and shared information on Omicron, allowing other countries to rapidly adjust their response.      While scientific research is underway to…

Source: Republic of South Africa, Department of Health |

Health Director General Buthelezi back at work

This follows the release of the Special Investigating Unit Report into the Digital Vibes contract in which a number of officials were implicated, including Dr Buthelezi

The Ministry of Health would like to announce the reinstatement of the Director General, Dr Sandile Buthelezi back to his role as the Accounting Officer of the National Department of Health with effect from Monday, 29 November 2021. This follows the release of the Special Investigating Unit Report into the…

Source: National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD) |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission by avoiding super spreader events

The number of new COVID-19 cases and the percent positivity continue to increase, likely due to spread of the Omicron variant

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, continues to monitor developments around the newly emerged Omicron variant. “The number of new COVID-19 cases and the percent positivity continue to increase, likely due to spread of the Omicron variant. At this stage, scientists…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the Member State Information Session on the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2

“I thank Botswana and South Africa for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant so rapidly” - WHO Director-General

Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, The emergence of the Omicron variant has understandably captured global attention. The emergence of any new variant should capture our attention, especially one as highly mutated as Omicron. The WHO Secretariat takes this development extremely seriously, and so should all Member States. But…

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Strengthening Management of Childhood Cancer in Zimbabwe

The move is expected to improve the landscape of cancer management for children in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is making great strides in strengthening cancer management as part of the country’s efforts to make Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) services more accessible. With the growing number of NCDs and the impact COVID-19 has had on people with cancer and other NCDs, steps have been taken to come up with…

Source: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) |

Women refugees bearing the brunt of Gambella’s forgotten crisis, Ethiopia

The region hosts the largest number of refugees in the country, equal in number to the host population

“My only joy is my child, I don’t have anything else in life,” says Nyabel Jock, a 19-year-old South Sudanese refugee, during her regular pregnancy check-up at the Jewi Health Centre, Jewi Refugee Camp, Gambella, Ethiopia.  Nyabel fled to Ethiopia more than five years ago from Nasir in the Upper…