Support from WHO Still Crucial for Countries and Regions Facing COVID-19 Outbreaks

While COVID-19 occurrences are decreasing in some regions of the world, “countries in Africa, the Americas, and Asia are again facing severe epidemics,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a recent media briefing.

The world needs WHO now more than ever, and because of the generous support of its donors and partners, the Organization continues to provide assistance to nations confronting significant challenges.

In recent weeks, WHO provided health facilities in Kinshasa with a supply of medical resources and equipment to boost care for a growing number of COVID-19 patients, in response to a dangerous rise in COVID-19 cases. Hospitals in the city have been under increasing strain as several strains of concern, such as the Delta strain, have circulated.

The recent shipment contains respirators and attachments, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment, and other products worth US$200,000. The European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operation (ECHO), Gavi, and the World Bank are all supporting WHO’s efforts to combat COVID-19 in the DRC.

The Ministry of Health in Monrovia recently received a large cargo of infection prevention and control supplies, as well as COVID-19 laboratory diagnostic kits from WHO. The supplies will help the country’s COVID-19 response as well as its Ebola virus disease preparedness.

The donation will assist already overburdened health facilities in responding to an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases in the capital and its environs. Liberia has received ongoing technical and financial assistance from WHO to combat the COVID-19 epidemic while maintaining access to other critical health services.

With the help of Swiss Development Cooperation, WHO recently handed three PCR machines to the National Institute of Health in Maputo.

In Iraq, the World Health Organization recently finished training of trainers seminars for intensive care doctors and nurses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is part of a larger effort to meet the need for intensive care beds and critical care.

An aircraft carrying 39 tonnes of emergency health, cholera, and trauma kits given by the Russian Federation just landed in Kabul to help Afghanistan’s crucial health services be strengthened and maintained.

Costa Rica recently received a loan from a mobile hospital from Panama, which will be operated by a humanitarian team from Spain. WHO and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund funded the programmes. The assistance arrives at the most critical point in the pandemic’s history in Costa Rica, where hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients are at an all-time high.

Suriname recently received 300,000 medical gloves and 18,000 surgical gowns from Canada and the World Health Organization. The much-needed supply is Canada’s second this year, and it will be distributed to frontline healthcare professionals dealing with the third wave of COVID-19 infections. The items were procured and delivered with the help of the WHO Regional Office for the Americas.

Bolivia has received and donated 40 tonnes of therapeutic oxygen from the WHO Regional Office for the Americas to treat COVID-19 patients. The first cargo will aid hospitals dealing with an increase in severe COVID-19 cases in intensive care units. The donation is estimated to be worth $42,800 USD.

Throughout the COVID-19 epidemic, the WHO European Region’s primary healthcare services have been able to meet the enormous increase in demand. Several countries responded by speeding up long-term reforms and demonstrating varying degrees of adaptation and transformation.

The WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan, has just released a new information series that focuses on this shift. The new PHC Country Vignettes will contribute to the cross-country exchange of experiences and ideas by being pragmatic, country-specific, and action-oriented.

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