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Covid-19 en RDC : 136 nouveaux cas confirmés et 1 décès dimanche
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Working with health profession students, Sudan launches country’s first Project ECHO telementoring programme to treat patients with COVID-19 at home
June 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

New partnership builds on campaign led by Sudanese American doctors to reduce COVID-19’s toll on communities and support overwhelmed hospitals and clinics
 

Sanjeev Arora, M.D., founder and director of Project ECHO.

An initiative that deploys volunteer medical students in Sudan to treat COVID-19 patients in their homes will get a boost from a new partnership comprising Project ECHO, the global telementoring initiative based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque; the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC); the Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA) and Sudan NextGen (SNG), which are both part of the Coalition of Sudanese Organizations against COVID-19 (the coalition); and the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health (MoH).

The existing Community Medical Response Team (CMRT) programme, set up during the height of COVID-19 in 2020, will use the ECHO telementoring model to connect medical students, graduates, and trainees with highly experienced providers and other experts in virtual learning communities that share best practices and support for treating patients with COVID-19 in their homes. This will help reduce the virus’s toll on local communities while alleviating the pressure on hospitals and care centers struggling to deal with Sudan’s worsening crisis, which the Ministry of Health has described as “dire.”

“We are privileged and excited to help reduce sickness and suffering in Sudan, where COVID-19 is challenging an already weakened health system, overwhelming the capacity of hospitals and doctors to care for patients,” said Sanjeev Arora, M.D., founder and director of Project ECHO.

“When COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic, my thoughts immediately went to Sudan,” said Nada Fadul, M.D., an infectious disease physician at University of Nebraska. “We had to do something. Today, we are thrilled to be part of a vibrant movement that leverages the passion and energy of medical students and young doctors to help their communities through this terrible time.” 

Dr. Fadul and other Sudanese physicians living overseas—including in Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United States—began working with the coalition in 2020. The coalition’s efforts during the first wave of the pandemic covered everything from training healthcare providers on proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to pregnancy care during the pandemic, as well as efforts to provide PPE and other medical supplies. The second wave saw a major need for community interventions, so Dr. Fadul and her colleague Reem Ahmed, M.D., from Emory University, co-founded Sudan’s COVID-19 CMRT programme. Over the past four months, they have worked with other Sudanese physicians, including Mohamed Khogali, M.D., in Saudi Arabia, and trained more than 120 medical and healthcare students in over 50 Sudanese neighborhoods to manage patients with COVID-19 in their homes. The CMRT trainings focus on the principles of home management for mild to moderate cases; home isolation and quarantine methods; and identifying life-threatening symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical schools in Sudan have been closed, so many students were just sitting at home,” said Dr. Fadul. “They wanted to do something, but they didn’t know what to do or how do to it safely. In addition to the impact they’re having on patients, students benefit from pursuing their learning in a hands-on way. When they return to their classrooms, they will be better equipped to take on new challenges.”

The CMRT ECHO will build on these early efforts. During phase one of the roll-out, students will be able to join ECHO learning sessions at six sites throughout Sudan that have internet connectivity. Students unable to go to these sites can join the sessions through their smart phones and other personal digital devices.

“I’ve told these students, if you’ve made an impact on one person, and helped manage that patient at home and prevent him or her from going out and spreading the disease, within a month you’ve prevented 400 patients from getting COVID-19,” added Dr. Fadul. The students have so far engaged in visits to local schools, local mosques, and women’s group gatherings, and sent messages via WhatsApp to spread the word about the CMRT programme and COVID-19 prevention.

Beyond the immediate response to COVID-19, phase two of the project will expand Project ECHO’s Sudan network and add needed programs to help revitalize the country’s healthcare system, including programs in healthcare safety and quality management, research monitoring and evaluation, reproductive health, midwifery, and cardiology.

Prior to the recent revolution and transition of power in Sudan, only 2% to 8% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product went to health care, leaving the healthcare infrastructure weak and vulnerable. The transitional government is working to rebuild the country toward democracy but was left with an under-resourced healthcare system.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made an already difficult situation even worse,” said Nuha Ibrahim, M.B.B.S., project manager for UNMC ECHO and part of the leadership team of SAMA and SNG. “With the recent lifting of sanctions against Sudan from the United States, we have an opportunity to contribute our knowledge and expertise to support a response led by Sudanese medical personnel and students who know their communities and are respected by them.”

“We’re confident that Project ECHO will enhance our ongoing programs in Sudan and significantly increase SAMA’s ability to share the knowledge and expertise of specialists with healthcare providers across the country to improve patient care and health outcomes,” said Dr. Nahla Gadalla, Executive Director of SAMA.

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Éruption volcanique de Nyiragongo: Jean-Jacques Mbungani réceptionne un lot de médicaments de l’UNFPA et l’OMS évalué à 57.000 USD
May 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jean-Jacques Mbungani

Le ministre de la Santé Publique, Hygiène et Prévention, le docteur Jean-Jacques Mbungani, a réceptionné un lot de médicaments du Fonds des nations unies pour la population (UNFPA) et de l’organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) à l’Hôpital de Keyshero pour les sinistrés de l’éruption volcanique de Nyiragongo à Goma. Ce kit est évalué à 57.000 USD américains pour couvrir les besoins de plus ou moins 150.000 personnes. C’était à l’occasion d’une réunion de clarification tenue ce jeudi 27 mai autour du gouverneur du Nord-Kivu, le Lieutenant Général, Constant Ndima, le Directeur adjoint du Chef de l’État et les membres du Comité international de la Croix rouge (CICR).

Une réunion de clarification tenue ce jeudi 27 mai autour du gouverneur du Nord-Kivu, le Lieutenant Général, Constant Ndima, le Directeur adjoint du Chef de l’État et autres partenaires du ministère de la Santé

L’Hôpital de Keyshero et les aires de santé affectées à savoir Nyiragongo, Kibati, Kanyarucinya, Turunga, Sake et Kirotshe ont été visités par le docteur Jean-Jacques Mbungani qui fait partie de la délégation gouvernementale venue à la rescousse des populations de Goma.

A en croire la cellule de communication du ministère de la santé, cette dotation est composée essentiellement de kits de prise en charge des Infections sexuellement transmissibles (IST), de kits d’accouchement médicalisé destinés à couvrir 150.000 personnes, principalement les femmes en maternité, durant 3 mois pour un coût global de plus ou moins 57.000 USD. Des sacs de riz et des bouteilles d’eau ont été aussi remis.

Pour sa part, le CICR a pris le ferme engagement de prendre en charge une partie de la facture.
L’ équipe gouvernementale quant à elle, a rassuré plus d’un, de sa contribution afin de résoudre cette problématique de pénurie d’eau touchant près de 500.000 habitants de la ville de Goma.
La relance de la desserte en eau dans le chef-lieu du Nord-Kivu est estimé à 650.000 USD.

Le patron de la santé, a également remercié les partenaires qui sont intervenus pour soulager les peines de populations et a réaffirmé l’élan de solidarité du Gouvernement central à toutes les familles éplorées par cette catastrophe naturelle.

Dans la même optique, le Gouvernement central a remis les fonds nécessaires pour réhabiliter la route principale de Kibati délabrée par les laves du volcan.

L’Exécutif national apportera aussi une contribution pour la REGIDESO et procédera également à la remise de kits médicaux dans les hôpitaux qui ont accueilli les personnes blessées suite à cette éruption volcanique.

L’éruption volcanique de Nyiragongo du samedi 22 mai fait état d’au moins 32 morts. Plusieurs autres tremblements de terre ont suivi cette catastrophe. Au moment actuel, la population se dirige vers Sake pour se mettre à l’abri.

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Kenya to start the second dose of Covid-19 jabs on Friday
May 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma

Chairperson of the Vaccine Taskforce, Dr. Willis Akhwale

Kenya has announced that it will start administering the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine tomorrow, May 28.

The country’s Chairperson of the Vaccine Taskforce, Dr. Willis Akhwale, announced on Thursday that there are only 100,000 of the AstraZeneca, expecting 72,000 others from South Sudan.

According to Dr. Akhwale, those to be vaccinated have been notified.

“In keeping with the recommendations of the World Health Organization, second dose is administered after 12 weeks so people who are due have received a message as a reminder which is being sent 48 hours to when one is expected to go for their second jab from tomorrow,” Dr. Akhwale said.    

So far, the East African nation has inoculated more than 960,000 people and is committed to vaccinating 60 percent of the population by June 2022.

As of Thursday, May 27, Kenya’s population was 54 831,547, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations Data.

Since the first case was reported in the country on March 13, 2020, more than 169,000 people have contracted the virus, above 3,000 people have succumbed to Covid-19 related conditions, and more than 100,000 have recovered from the disease.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has revealed that Kenya is preparing for a possible 4th wave of Covid-19 in the coming weeks, urging Kenyans to be extra vigilant by adhering to protocols instituted by the ministry.

At the same time, he noted that 28 people had contracted the Indian variant calling on the County governments to enhance capacity in health facilities to avert further crisis.

He added that the detection of the Indian variant appears to have shaken the country’s healthcare system as hospitals in the Lake City of Kisumu, where the virus was detected, are full of Covid-19 patients, and additional patients are being referred to neighbouring counties.

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The Greatest Health Risk to the Ghanaian Working Class
May 24, 2021 | 0 Comments
Let’s talk health!

Try to not think “I don’t have the time to read this”. You may be right, but l think you should. These few minutes (maybe a little more than a few minutes) may be a lifesaver.

For the typical busy working adult, the routine is often predictable: jump out of bed often by an annoying alarm, rush through breakfast if there’s time, hop in a car, battle the traffic and all its stress, and then off into a busy workday.

We work all day. We often get home late and completely exhausted. We then mindlessly gobble down our dinner, much too late for any meaningful digestion. Most of us sit down to catch our breath from the day, only to fall asleep in our chairs after a few minutes of TV and then stumble into bed.

Just when we’re beginning to relax, that alarm goes off again. We wake up once more, and do it all over again. I know this lifestyle because it has been my life too.

Work is good. We need that to survive and to do all the beautiful things we love to do for ourselves and our families with the money we earn. It is also that and many other reasons, that we need to maintain our health in good condition to function optimally, and to perform our life duties, whatever they may be.

I would like to use the analogy of a car to explain a few points first, so stay with me, and come along for the drive.

Supposing l told you that the human body, is like a car in many respects, would that surprise you? The comparisons are endless. For instance, foggy car headlights remind me of foggy eyesight, which in many ways is cataracts. l see worn out tyres and l think, worn out joints or osteoarthritis. Fuel pump, filters, the car engine, etc. All of these remind me of similar functions in our body.

And just like the car, we too have many parts, most of which have the potential of grinding the entire car to a halt if not serviced properly and timely. The breakdown might occur suddenly, even without warning.

Every car owner understands the importance of paying attention to subtle changes in sounds or the feel of a car, to pick up the early warning signs that something is wrong. Prompt attention to these, particularly the check engine light, can avert some catastrophic events from happening and grinding the car to a halt.

Just like a new car, a young person can keep going for years, all things being equal, without much trouble, but as we get older, things change and little things begin to matter.

When we’re young and functioning at our optimum, it is easy to ignore general health maintenance, but here is where we have the most chance of significantly decreasing future risks of malfunctioning as we age. The rationale is so we don’t find ourselves facing certain major medical conditions that could have been totally preventable, if attended to on time.

People sometimes say things like “oh, he/she had a stroke (or heart attack) out of nowhere “. We know it is not always totally “out of nowhere”. It is often after months or years of ignoring little things just like the check engine light. These things often culminates into a major event.

Old people diseases are taking young people’s lives. The risk is even more so when there’s family history of diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, often with genetic predisposition.

In such instances we need to pay even more attention to those risk factors and manage them, if we want the body to serve us for many more years and with less risk of malfunctioning. While we cannot change our genetic heritage, we can and should make every effort to live healthy and prolong the duration of our life engines.

That being said, what needs to be done? What do you and I need to do to live a bit healthier, a bit longer? Here are a few thoughts.

  1. Food/nutrition: l read somewhere “people today are digging their graves with a fork and knife”, or something like that. I will add hands, spoons and whatever tools we eat with. The point is, when it comes to health, what we eat is high on the list of things to prioritize.

When we think “good food”, for most people, it is often the unhealthiest meals that tend to come to mind. Foods that may be too sugary, too salty, too fatty, and too large in portions. Unfortunately, that is what’s considered as evidence of “the good life” to a large portion of Ghana’s population.

Don’t get me wrong, food is a good thing and serves as the fuel for our engines. But eating too much of the wrong foods also clogs our system, making us unhealthy. Over time, we malfunction. Here, l am talking of red meats, fatty foods, excessive alcohol, too much salt, high carbohydrate or high-sugar foods that are eaten too frequently and often in high amounts.

Rather, you should try eating more green leafy vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, fish and less of the fatty, starchy, processed and/or sugary foods. This makes for a better function.

The keyword here is moderation.

The idea is to make changes that affords us some comfort food but less of them overall. Based on a person’s specific medical history, even closer attention might be required. For example, fruits are good, but fruits also contain lots of sugar and may not be a healthy choice for a diabetic, for instance.

Reaching for fast foods because we’re too busy may sound convenient, but in the long term, it does us more harm than any good.

When it comes to food, it’s good to remember this:
• if it’s not considered good for you, but you must surely eat some, then we must eat a lesser amount at a time and less frequently.
• if it’s considered healthy, then we should go for that as the staple.

Again, think “moderation”. Even healthy foods eaten in excessive amounts may have with them some unexpected adverse effects. Someone once said, “always eat until 3/4 full, then stop”.

  1. Hydration/fluids: Notice l did not say “water”, even though water is the best, cheapest and most accessible form of hydration? Other liquids and beverages (not alcohol but rather fruit juices, soups, etc.) can also hydrate. Conscious hydration, particularly in our hot climate, is essential to replace fluid lost to the environment and for body maintenance.

Taking in adequate fluids a day is important for our internal organs to function well. Water serves as a transport medium for food and nutrients to our organs. Water also help the body function appropriately and to detoxify itself. Excess food or toxins are excreted in water as urine or in stool.

On a hot day when we’ve been sweating a lot, or on a bad day when we lose more fluids through illnesses such as diarrhoea or fever, we will need even more fluids. Here, the goal is to get into you enough fluid for our regular daily maintenance requirement and even extra that day. These will go to replace ongoing losses as a result of these acute events, and helps to avoid dehydration.

When we become dehydrated, our body organs suffer. Some such as our kidneys begin to malfunction and shut down. If such injury is not corrected on time and the assault to the organs continue, then an acute and potentially reversible injury can progress into a more serious form, many of them even resulting in irreversible damage.

  1. Exercises: An area where we often fall short is regularly exercising. We are often in jobs that keeps us sitting for most part of the day, every day. We come home, then sit even more to watch the news or our favourite TV programme until we go to bed. We’re often too tired for anything else.

Exercises, even moderately, improve blood flow, blood pressure, help control blood sugar, lowers blood cholesterol and improve overall health. It helps in decreasing risk factors for diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. Exercises improve our mood by the release of endorphins, hence the name “the happy hormones”.

So yes, we’re happier after a jog and we also tend to sleep better at night. The right exercises improve endurance, bone strength, muscle strength and balance. These become very important as we age. A poor balance can result in a fall and a possible broken bone/hip, which can then initiate a period of immobility or being bed ridden. A cascade of other medical events can then arise as ripple effects of that immobility.

Exercising for 30 to 45 minutes for at least 5 days a week, has been proven to improve overall health and survival. A practical way is to get in about 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day.

Remember, start slow and listen to your body when you exercise. If something doesn’t feel right, stop and make time to speak with your doctor.

…more about the doctor visit in a minute.

  1. Sleep: A good sleep like good nutrition needs no introduction in regards to its benefits. There’s a reason why the sun goes down at night, even nature agrees, our bodies need to shut down and rest. Sleep allows the body to recuperate and rejuvenate itself. A good sleep of at least 6 hours a day should be something we can all aim for.

Of course, lying in bed for 6 hours is not the equivalence of 6 hours of sleep. Conditions like sleep apnea, often manifesting as loud snoring at night, with repeated choking sounds and awakenings, decrease the effective sleep time significantly. This often result in tiredness even in the mornings when we just woke up from “sleep” and hence easily fall asleep during the day, even when we need to be alert.

Whilst this snoring might result in teasing by family members, the comedic aspect is not the concern. It may be the sign of a real and serious health problem of sleep apnea. This must be properly diagnosed and appropriately treated to decrease significant associated risk of morbidity and even increased risk of mortality without such treatment.

  1. Controlling weight gain: Culturally, weight gain may be seen as a sign of affluence. Medically however, excessive weight gain says something very different. It says we might be eating too much. It says we might be eating the wrong foods, which sits too much and does not move nearly enough.

To a doctor, excessive weight gain doesn’t say rich at all. It says a person is at higher risk of a multitude of diseases and therefore likely very unhealthy.

There are countless studies to support that maintaining a healthy weight significantly improves outcomes and overall quality of life. A low fat, low carbohydrate/low sugar diet, smaller food portions and moderate regular exercises as tolerated is often the recommendation to help achieve a healthy weight.

A body mass index (BMI) of between 19 – 25 is considered the ideal body weight for a person’s height. Again, moderation – eat in moderation , drink alcohol moderately if any, and at least do some form of moderate exercises on a regular basis.

  1. Smoking: I might need to check recent statistics, but it is my belief and hope that most of our Ghanaian community are non-smoking. Nicotine is bad for you – full stop. This is as firmly stated by surgeon/medical generals everywhere.

Smoking increases risk of lung infections, results in poor oxygenation, causes chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, and increases risk of a myriad of cancers, as well as strokes and heart attacks. I am yet, in all my years of practice, to find one true health benefit of nicotine to warrant its use.

If you smoke, then l would recommend you quit smoking. If you don’t, just know that you’re not missing anything significant, except the diseases it’s associated with.

  1. Have Good Fun: Remember “all work and no play……” They say the most important things in life are free. Love, laughter, joy and l will add, fresh air. These are free and good for you. Sure, air conditioners are good but it is also good to get outside into the natural air sometimes.

Find something you love doing that is not work related and do it sometimes. Music, dance, sports, painting, taking a stroll with your kids, photography, hiking, excursions to the countryside, etc. These are inexpensive forms of relaxation, often free.

Some may seem like a waste of time and money but some of the world’s greatest ideas have been discovered not when a person is stressed out in a lab or the boardroom, but when they were, rested relaxed and having fun.

When you let go of all the things on your mind, sometimes, new things get a chance to come it. This is why companies now organize R&R (rest and relaxation) retreats for their employees. They realize that this tends to increase their employee’s productivity.

So go on and try it. Do something fun this week, something that makes you feel like a kid again. You’ll be better for it.

  1. Medical Checkups: This to me is one of the most important messages from this piece. Again, l go back to my car analogy because l feel it is easier to and helps explain this point. For any car, regular checkups for servicing, oil changes, tyre alignment and others are important. Timely changing a worn out car part can save a lot of high cost repairs down the road by avoiding costly breakdowns.

Our bodies are similar in that respect. Except, of course, we can’t change all our body parts like a car. This then is the more reason to pay much more attention to its maintenance. When something doesn’t feel right, it might be time to see the doctor, even if you just had a physical. It might end up being nothing serious but do you not remember how good it feels when the mechanic says “it’s nothing much, l just tightened a few knots and bolts and your car is good to go”?

It’s the same thing.

Sometimes, that doctor’s visit is just for peace of mind and reassurance. On the other hand, should it happen to be something significant, then as the saying goes, “a stitch in time, saves nine”. Being afraid of what the doctor will say will not make things go away if in fact there is a problem. Rather, an early evaluation might mean early intervention and disaster averted.

In an era of technology, it is now even possible to have a virtual physician visit via telemedicine if we’re “too busy” for a trip to the doctor’s office. Here, one can get virtual consultation for some form of clarity as to what could be going on. It is always preferable however, to get a physical face-to-face evaluation. Nothing beats a hands on assessment of a patient.

For those with an existing medical diagnosis, a regular checkup ensures that your medications are doing exactly what they’re meant to be doing and that they’re not causing some other harm. For the healthy ones among us, at least one annual routine checkup to make sure we are really as good as we feel is the right thing to do.

There are lots significant medical conditions that can be managed by making simple adjustments in our lifestyle, if we start sooner than later. The few hours for a doctor’s visit, the simple tests, these tiny lifestyle adjustments: these are the simple things that save lives.

It is my hope that even as our intellectual health improves and excel, our physical health is not neglected to suffer as a result.

Anyways, the opinions expressed here are just that: opinions. They are the opinions of a private healthcare professional and a fellow working class member. It is our personal opinion based on personal observations and working experiences and should not viewed as a replacement for any specific instructions given by anyone’s regular physician based on their specific healthcare needs.

As always, thanks for reading.

About Authors

Maxwell Ampong is an Agro-Commodities Trader and the CEO of Maxwell Investments Group. He is also the Official Business Advisor to Ghana’s General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) of TUC Ghana, the largest agricultural trade union in Ghana. He writes about trending and relevant economic topics, and general perspective pieces.

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Co-Author: Dr Gladys Kodjoe

Gladys Kodjoe, MD, is an Internist with a specialty is Internal Medicine. She did her lnternal Medicine residency at the Cleveland clinic health system in Cleveland Ohio, following which she’s worked for hospitals in Nevada, North Dakota and North Carolina.

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Coronavirus: Jean-Jacques Mbungani pour le recrutement d’un expert en infodémie pour lutter contre les fausses informations sur la vaccination
May 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jean-Jacques Mbungani

Le ministre de la Santé publique, Hygiène et Prévention, Jean-Jacques Mbungani va recruter un expert en infondémie pour lutter contre les fausses informations sur la pandémie de coronavirus en RDC. C’est ce qui ressort de la 4ème réunion du Conseil des ministres tenu le vendredi 21 mai en visioconférence.

Le Conseil des ministres par visioconférence présidé par le Premier ministre, Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde, a porté sur 5 points importants en l’occurrence le recrutement d’un expert en infondémie. Ce, pour barrer la route aux informations erronées ayant trait à la pandémie de Covid-19. C’est ce que renseigne la cellule de communication du ministère de tutelle.

Une légère hausse des cas de contamination due notamment à l’exposition aux variants étrangers, à l’absence d’immunité collective vaccinale et au relâchement sur
l’observance des gestes barrières, a été observée.

Les variants brésilien et indien sont réputés très contagieux raison pour laquelle la Direction générale de migration ( DGM), a récemment interdit le voyage des ressortissants de ces deux pays ou des personnes ayant transité par le Brésil et l’Inde sur le territoire congolais.

Actuellement, le cumul des cas est de 30 .757. Il y a eu 779 décès (une létalité de 2,5%) et 27. 603 personnes guéries soit 87%. L’épicentre de cette pandémie est depuis un temps l’Inde. Plusieurs hôpitaux sont inondés des malades voire sont impuissants face à cette pandémie qui a vu le jour à Wuhan en Chine fin 2019.

104 sur les 498 sites planifiés de vaccination sont, à ce jour, fonctionnels. Seule la province du Lualaba n’a pas encore débuté avec la vaccination.
Au total 14. 310 personnes ont été déjà vaccinées. Des efforts sont déployés pour renforcer la communication sur la campagne de vaccination pour atteindre le plus de citoyens possibles.

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Malawi finally defies WHO decree to destroy Covid19 vaccines
May 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

By James Mwala

The government of Malawi has stood its ground in going further to torch nearly twenty thousand expired AstraZeneca Covid19 doses.

However, this is against a direction that the World Health Organization stated before countries.

Initially, the WHO urged African countries not to destroy Covid-19 vaccines that may have passed their expiry date.

Countries were told to keep hold of them and wait for further guidance.

The Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC) had earlier said it had been assured the doses were safe to use.

The CDC said many vaccines would be used up to 36 months after manufacture, but because Covid-19 jabs are so new there is not enough data to prove their effectiveness over longer periods.

Earlier this year, Malawi’s got its first consignment of 360,000 AstraZeneca doses in early March from the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative which is providing vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.

The country received another batch of 50,000 AstraZeneca doses from the Indian government. With the AU donation, Malawi had a total of 512,000 AstraZeneca doses.

Speaking during the incineration process in the capital, Lilongwe, Khumbize Chiponda. Minister of Health said the exercise would go a long way in ending misconceptions that people hold over the vaccines.

Ministry of health Principal Secretary Dr Charles Mwansambo had also said the deemed the exercise fit as the country is to receive a second batch to run the second and final phase of vaccination.

“When news spread that we had out-of-date vaccines, we noticed that people were not coming to our clinics to get immunized. If we don’t burn them, people will think that we are using expired vaccines in our facilities and if they don’t come, Covid-19 will hit them hard.” He is quoted as having said.

The Covid19 status in Malawi

Cumulatively, Malawi has recorded 34,251 cases including 1,153 deaths (Case Fatality Rate is at 3.37%).

Of these cases, 2,195 are imported infections and 32,056 are locally transmitted. Cumulatively, 32,260 cases have now recovered (recovery rate of 94.2%) and 232 (98 new) were lost to follow-up.

Currently, there are 606 active infections.

Cumulatively, 240,695 tests have been conducted in the country so far. On COVID-19 vaccination, cumulatively 339,481 doses have been administered.

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Heroes from 2014 Ebola Epidemic Call on Rich Countries to Donate Funds to Support Global Vaccination in Open Letter to WHO Leader
May 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

The demands come in an open letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, Photo credit FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

Public health leaders who contained the Ebola epidemic make the case for COVID-19 vaccine technology transfer, open access vaccines for poor countries, and  donation of funds and doses for vaccines

MONROVIA, LIBERIA— Thirty veterans from the public health response to the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and over eighty other public health experts from around the world are calling on the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), to vote in its May 2021 meeting on propositions that would dramatically expand vaccine access in Africa and poor countries worldwide.

The demands come in an open letter to Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, that is organized by Mosoka Fallah, founder of the Liberian non-profit Refuge Place International whose heroic work during the 2014 Ebola epidemic was documented by The New York Times. Signatories include Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Director General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, and Bernice Dahn, the Deputy Minister in the Liberian Ministry of Health.

From May 24 to June 1, nations will convene at the World Health Assembly to make decisions about the global response to COVID-19. Signatories of the open letter argue that G20 and other wealthy countries must go  beyond waiving patents for low-income countries to donate all of their excess doses of COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries that have been outbid for vaccines. The letter reads, “as we learned through the Ebola pandemic, poverty and geography should not be the determinants of access to life-saving vaccines.”

This open letter is vital to Africa, as the continent has received relatively very few doses of vaccines, and issues such as cold chain requirements and infrastructure gaps make vaccine transportation difficult. Africa contains 16% of the world’s population, but by mid-May it had only received 2% of the world’s vaccine supply. Several African countries, such as Chad, Burundi, and Tanzania had received no doses of the vaccine.

Mosoka Fallah, founder of the Liberian non-profit Refuge Place International

Mosokah Fallah added, “we are at a pivotal moment in human history: will the WHO fulfill its mandate of universal healthcare by instituting universal vaccine care? All eyes are on the WHO.” The letter was assisted by 1Day Africa, the African chapter of 1Day Sooner, a non-profit that advocates for volunteers who want to take part in high-impact medical trials, including COVID-19 human challenge trials.

On Wednesday, May 12th, Mosoka Fallah along with Ezekiel Emanuel, member of President Biden’s transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, Vardit Ravitsky, President of the International Association of Bioethics, and Gita Sen, Director of the Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health, discussed their letter to the World Health Assembly. The virtual event was co-organized by Center for Population-Level Bioethics at Rutgers University and 1Day Sooner.

*Source 1Day Sooner 

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MEDIA ADVISORY : The Future of Global Health Security – Lessons Learned from Preparedness and Response
May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Event hosted by Resolve to Save Lives Highlights Global Epidemic Response Successes and Strategies20 May 2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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NEW-YORK, USA, 17 May, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- When COVID-19 hit, the world was not ready. The pandemic has revealed gaps in how the world thinks about, implements and measures epidemic preparedness. It has reinforced the need to work together to prepare for and respond to the next public health threat— and reminds us that we are all connected.

Following the release of its interactive, digital report, Epidemics that Didn’t Happen, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, will host a virtual event to discuss lessons from past outbreaks, preparedness successes and the need to prioritize funding to fight the next pandemic. Ahead of the Global Health Summit and World Health Assembly, the event will show how it is within our power to build a world that is safer and more secure from future health emergencies. Panelists will discuss how global leaders can invest time and resources for preparedness so we’re all better prepared for the next pandemic. 

WHAT: Join high-level panelists from Resolve to Save LivesNorway’s Ministry of Foreign AffairsUganda’s Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization and the Kenya Red Cross to discuss success stories of outbreak response, how countries can identify potential threats, coordinate responses and effectively communicate as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

WHEN: Thursday, 20 May 2021, 9:00 AM EDT

WHERE: To attend the virtual event, please register here

WHO

·     Dr. John-Arne Røttingen, Ambassador for Global Health, Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs

·     Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies

·     Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda

·     Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, Deputy Director for Health Emergencies, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

·     Annette Msabeni-Ngoye, Deputy Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross

·     Betsy McKay, Senior Writer, Wall Street Journal

To read the full report, please visit: https://preventepidemics.org/epidemics-that-didnt-happen/ 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Resolve To Save Lives.

About Resolve to Save Lives

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, focuses on preventing deaths from cardiovascular disease and by preventing epidemics. It is led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find out more, please visit: https://www.resolvetosavelives.org or Twitter @ResolveTSL and @DrTomFrieden.

About Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible. To find out more, please visit www.vitalstrategies.org or Twitter @VitalStrat.

Media Contacts:

·     Steven Chlapecka, Senior Media Strategies, Resolve to Save Lives, schlapecka@resolvetosavelives.org, +1.917.623.0246

·     Erin Sykes, Vice President, Communications, Resolve to Save Lives, esykes@resolvetosavelives.org, +1.646.612.0001

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