Ebola Response Priorities in the Time of Covid-19

September 24th, 2020|

On April 10, 2020, a total of 53 days after the last patient with Ebola virus disease (EVD) had been isolated and more than 23 months since the start of the 10th EVD outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a new confirmed case was reported in the Beni health...

Chikungunya – Chad

September 24th, 2020|

On 28 August 2020, the National IHR Focal Point of Chad notified WHO of an outbreak of chikungunya in Abéché, eastern Chad. ...

Countries urged to act against COVID-19 ‘infodemic’

September 23rd, 2020|

The UN and partners have urged countries to take urgent action to address what they have described as the “infodemic” that has surfaced in tandem with the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the real world and online.  ...

Impact on workers of COVID-19 is ‘catastrophic’: ILO 

September 23rd, 2020|

COVID-19 has had a “catastrophic” impact on workers, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday, with lost working hours higher than originally forecast, and equivalent to 495 million full-time jobs globally in the second quarter of the year.  ...

Tribal Truce — How Can We Bridge the Partisan Divide and Conquer Covid?

September 23rd, 2020|

In late April 2020, Ethan Weiss, a San Francisco cardiologist, joined colleagues in New York to care for critically ill patients with Covid-19. On Weiss’s last day there, a relatively young man was dying of Covid, as his wife lay ill with Covid down the hall. They had been in the...

Community Health Workers and Covid-19 — Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Times of Crisis and Beyond

September 23rd, 2020|

As the United States navigates the uncertainties of Covid-19 and begins a long-overdue process of confronting systemic racism, the communities most affected by poverty, racism, and language barriers and those with the largest populations of immigrants continue to have the worst health outcomes. In… ...

Evaluating and Deploying Covid-19 Vaccines — The Importance of Transparency, Scientific Integrity, and Public Trust

September 23rd, 2020|

An unprecedented effort is under way to rapidly develop Covid-19 vaccines, with pharmaceutical companies, academic researchers, and government agencies aiming to compress into several months a process that typically requires at least several years. This work is supported by extraordinary public and… ...

Survival of wildlife reserves under threat in Namibia

September 19th, 2020|

After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia’s economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country’s wildlife reserves, otherwise known...

An uncertain future for migrant workers, in a post-pandemic world

September 19th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic has largely put a freeze on migration. But will the movement of people recover once the current crisis is over? In an interview with UN News, Gary Rynhart, a senior official at the UN labour agency, ILO, explains why a return to “normal” is unlikely, and migrants will...