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Africa eradicates wild poliovirus
25 August 2020 Brazzaville – The independent Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for Polio Eradication officially declared on Tuesday that the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region is free of wild poliovirus.
This marks the eradication of the second virus from the face of the continent since smallpox 40 years ago.
The ARCC’s decision comes after an exhaustive, decades-long process of documentation and analysis of polio surveillance, immunization and laboratory capacity of the region’s 47 member states, which included conducting field verification visits to each country.
Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo reaches 100 cases
21 August 2020 Brazzaville - The number of cases in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in western Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached 100, a near two-fold increase in a little over five weeks.
This latest outbreak, DRC’s 11th, was declared on 1 June 2020 in Equateur Province. A cluster of cases was initially detected in Mbandaka, the provincial capital. The outbreak has since spread to 11 of the province’s 17 health zones. Of the 100 cases reported so far, 96 are confirmed and four are probable. Forty-three people have lost their lives.
12 August 2020 – WHO has issued an appeal for US$ 76 million and ask for the solidarity and support of the international community to the people of Lebanon. WHO has seen regional and global solidarity, as countries sent in supplies, deployed emergency response teams, and pledged financial support.
To meet immediate needs, within 24 hours after the blast, WHO distributed trauma and surgical supplies for the needs of 2000 patients. Yesterday, and today, we also shipped almost 25 tonnes of PPE items to support COVID-19 efforts and replace humanitarian supplies that were destroyed by the blast.
Plane carrying WHO trauma and surgical supplies arrives in Beirut, Lebanon
5 August 2020, Beirut, Lebanon – A plane carrying 20 tonnes of WHO health supplies has landed in Beirut, Lebanon, to support the treatment of patients injured by the massive blast that occurred in the city on 4 August. The supplies will cover 1000 trauma interventions and 1000 surgical interventions for people suffering from injuries and burns resulting from the blast.
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