Category: Health

COVID-19 upends ‘entire generation’ of 600 million South Asian children

© UNICEF/Parvez Ahmad Twelve-year-old boy in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, sorts through hazardous plastic waste without any protection, working to support his family amidst the lockdown.    Without urgent action, COVID-19 will continue to unravel decades of progress across South Asia, destroying the “hopes and futures of an entire generation”, warns a new report released on Tuesday by […]

COVID-19 in Africa: WHO urges constant vigilance as cases top 200,000

MINUSCA/Biliaminou A. AlaoSome 300 drivers, including motorcycle taxi drivers, in Bangui,Central African Republic, received information about preventive measures to fight the coronavirus.     COVID-19 is accelerating in Africa, with more than 200,000 cases and more than 5,600 deaths, the regional office for the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Thursday. Africa recorded its first case of the new […]

Still much to learn about new coronavirus: WHO

ILO/KB MpofuA woman wearing a COVID-19 protective mask walks past a group of police officers on patrol in Harare, Zimbabwe.     Research is ongoing to determine how the virus that causes COVID-19 can be transmitted by people who show no symptoms of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday. The […]

Central and South America now ‘intense zones’ for COVID-19 transmission

© FAO/Max ValenciaThe Lo Valledor main wholesale market in Chile continues to provide the public during the COVID-19 pandemic with all the protective measures for them and the community.    Greater solidarity must be shown to Central and South American countries which have become “the intense zones” for COVID-19 transmission, a top official with the World […]

Lift Cuba embargo or risk many lives lost to COVID-19, UN rights experts warn US

UN CubaHealth personnel from the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine in Havana, Cuba    The United States must urgently lift its blockade on Cuba to save lives amid the expanding COVID-19 crisis, UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday, emphasizing that the more than six-decades-old sanctions are impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food […]

Beyond hand washing: maintaining your holistic health during COVID-19

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are frequently told how to look after the health of ourselves and our communities. Maintaining high levels of basic hygiene, including frequent hand washing, has been recommended by health authorities across the globe, from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to the World Health Organisation. […]