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Collaboration with WHO and International Olympic Committee to Improve Health Through Sport

The two organizations will work with host countries to ensure health of athletes, supporters and workers at the games. Further, they will promote grassroots and community sports programs that have further reach within the general public, particularly among girls, older people and people living with disability who may find it harder to keep active and healthy during COVID-19 quarantines.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

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UN Policy Brief on COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health

WHO released statement to United Nations indicating evidence of greater mental health need. Studies report a 3-fold increase in the prevalence of symptoms of depression, alcohol consumption has increased, access to mental health is decreased due to quarantine activities, front-line healthcare workers, women, children, adolescents, and older persons are “all at particular risk.”

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

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WHO Statement on Tobacco Use and COVID-19

WHO Issued statement that tobacco or nicotine does not provide any protection or treatment for COVID-19. There is evidence to suggest those who smoke are at greater risk of severe illness if infected.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

WHO Statement on False Allegations in Der Spiegel

Released a statement on false allegations in Der Spiegel. WHO indicated that Der Spiegel wrongly reported a telephone conversation on 21 Januray, 2020 between WHO director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and President Xi Jingping of China.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

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WHO Released Statement Celebrating the 40 Year Anniversary of Eradication of Smallpox

The statement drew parallel lessons for the COVID-19 response. “Many of the basic public health tools that were used successfully then are the same tools that have been used to respond to Ebola, and to COVID-19: disease surveillance, case finding, contact tracing, and mass communication campaigns to inform affected populations.” According to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

WHO Released Guidance for Public Health and Social Measures

WHO Released interim guidance for Public Health and Social Measures for COVID-19 preparedness and response operations in low capacity and humanitarian settings. The document aims to adapt known and published best practices for populations that may not have adequate resources to implement those best practices. Major categories of efforts include:

  • Mobilize all sectors and communities (leaders, health care workers, volunteers, local authorities, NGOs, international organizations
  • Prevent, suppress and slow transmission
  • Find, test, isolate and treat cases, quarantine contacts
  • Provide appropriate clinical care

https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2020-05/IASC Interim Guidance on Public Health and Social Measures for COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Operations in Low Capacity and Humanitarian Settings.pdf

WHO Announced UN and Partners Launch $6.7B Appeal for Vulnerable Countries

Humanitarian experts believe the peak of COVID-19 for the world’s poorest countries will hit within the next three to six months. Initial funding is being used to install handwashing facilities in refugee camps and provide countries with medical supplies such as gloves, surgical masks, N95 respirators and testing kits.

https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/05/1063442

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WHO Global Pledging Event Raises Over 7.4B Euros for COVID-19 Research and Development

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

WHO Announced New Partnership with the European Investment Bank

WHO announced new partnership with the European Investment Bank to strengthen public health, supply of essential equipment, training, and investment in countries most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. First phase will address needs in ten African countries.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

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Key Criteria for the Easing of Social Restrictions Were Published

Included four key components to managing transitions and modulating restrictive measures:

  • Public health and epidemiological considerations must drive the decision-making process.
  • Available capacity for dual-track health system management to reinstate regular health services, while at the same time continuing to address COVID-19
  • Leveraging social and behavioral perspectives as tools for responsive engagement with populations
  • Social and economic support to mitigate the devastating effects of COVID-19 on individuals, families and communities

These six conditions should be used as the basis to implement/adapt transitioning of measures:

  • Evidence shows that COVID-19 transmission is controlled
  • Sufficient public health and health system capacities are in place to identify, isolate, test and treat all cases, and to trace and quarantine contacts
  • Outbreak risks are minimized in high-vulnerability settings, such as long-term care facilities
  • Preventative measures are established in workplaces, with physical distancing, handwashing facilities and respiratory etiquette in place, and potentially thermal monitoring.
  • Manage the risk of exporting and importing cases from communities with high-risks of transmission
  • Communities have a voice, are informed, engaged and participatory in the transition

http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/440037/Strength-AdjustingMeasuresCOVID19-transition-phases.pdf?ua=1

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