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Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Interim Guidance)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 07:00
Guidance for return to work healthcare personnel (HCP) with confirmed COVID-19, or who have suspected COVID-19 (e.g., developed symptoms of a respiratory infection [e.g., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever] but did not get tested for COVID-19).
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Duration of Isolation and Precautions for Adults with COVID-19

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 07:00
This guidance outlines key considerations for states and healthcare systems to consider strategies for transferring patients, staff, and supplies between health facilities to optimize patient care, balance resources, and minimize use of crisis care standards. One option is the identification of relief healthcare facilities and establishing or coordinating with existing federal, state, or regional Medical Operation Coordination Cells (MOCC). The implementation of the elements highlighted in this guidance can be found in the Federal MOCC Toolkit reference throughout.
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Customizable COVID-19 Vaccine Content for Essential Workers

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sat, 02/13/2021 - 07:00
Customizable content to promote COVID-19 vaccinations for essential workers
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Communications Officer

Maternal, newborn and child health - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 16:02
Kieran’s background includes various marketing positions in the private sector with Disney, Warner Bros. and Citigroup and in the public sector with American Red Cross, Food Bank For NYC and March of Dimes. He joined PMNCH as a Marketing and Communications Consultant in 2019 and accepted his position as Communications Officer in May. Kieran is passionate about helping others, especially those around the world who are most in need of support and considers his volunteer mission to Africa among his most fulfilling experiences. He enjoys fitness, the outdoors, and meaningful trips to lesser known countries.

Acute malnutrition threatens half of children under five in Yemen in 2021: UN

WHO news - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 13:40

Nearly 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition in 2021, four United Nations agencies warned today. Of these, 400,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and could die if they do not receive urgent treatment.

The new figures, from the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Malnutrition report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, mark an increase in acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition of 16 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively, among children under five years from 2020. 

The agencies also warned that these were among the highest levels of severe acute malnutrition recorded in Yemen since the escalation of conflict in 2015.

Malnutrition damages a child’s physical and cognitive development, especially during the first two years of a child’s life. It is largely irreversible, perpetuating illness, poverty and inequality.

Preventing malnutrition and addressing its devastating impact starts with good maternal health, yet around 1.2 million pregnant or breastfeeding women in Yemen are projected to be acutely malnourished in 2021.

Years of armed conflict and economic decline, the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe funding shortfall for the humanitarian response are pushing exhausted communities to the brink, with rising levels of food insecurity. Many families are having to resort to reducing the quantity or quality of the food they eat, and in some cases, families are forced to do both.

“The increasing number of children going hungry in Yemen should shock us all into action,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “More children will die with every day that passes without action. Humanitarian organizations need urgent predictable resources and unhindered access to communities on the ground to be able to save lives.”

“Families in Yemen have been in the grip of conflict for too long, and more recent threats such as COVID-19 have only been adding to their relentless plight,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. “Without security and stability across the country, and improved access to farmers so that they are provided with the means to resume growing enough and nutritious food, Yemen’s children and their families will continue to slip deeper into hunger and malnutrition.”

“These numbers are yet another cry for help from Yemen where each malnourished child also means a family struggling to survive” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “The crisis in Yemen is a toxic mix of conflict, economic collapse and a severe shortage of funding to provide the life-saving help that’s desperately needed. But there is a solution to hunger, and that’s food and an end to the violence. If we act now, then there is still time to end the suffering of Yemen’s children.”

Diseases and a poor health environment are key drivers of childhood malnutrition,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “At the same time, malnourished children are more vulnerable to diseases including diarrhea, respiratory infections and malaria, which are of great concern in Yemen, among others. It is a vicious and often deadly cycle, but with relatively cheap and simple interventions, many lives can be saved.”

Acute malnutrition among young children and mothers in Yemen has increased with each year of conflict with a significant deterioration during 2020 driven by high rates of disease, such as diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections and cholera, and rising rates of food insecurity. Among the worst hit governorates are Aden, Al Dhale, Hajjah, Hodeida, Lahj, Taiz and Sana'a City, which account for over half of expected acute malnutrition cases in 2021.

Today, Yemen is one of the most dangerous places in the world for children to grow up. The country has high rates of communicable diseases, limited access to routine immunization and health services for children and families, poor infant and young child feeding practices, and inadequate sanitation and hygiene systems.  

Meanwhile, the already fragile health care system is facing the collateral impact of COVID-19, which has drained meagre resources and resulted in fewer people seeking medical care.

The dire situation for Yemen’s youngest children and mothers means any disruptions to humanitarian services – from health to water, sanitation and hygiene, to nutrition, food assistance and livelihoods support – risk causing a deterioration in their nutrition status.

The humanitarian response remains critically underfunded. In 2020, the Humanitarian Response plan received US$1.9 billion of the US$3.4 billion required.

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Multimedia materials available here: https://weshare.unicef.org/Package/2AM40805FSQX

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About WFP: The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

About FAO: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 members, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide.

About UNICEF: UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

About WHO: The World Health Organization provides global leadership in public health within the United Nations system. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, across six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable. Our goal for 2019-2023 is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and wellbeing. 

Rift Valley fever – Kenya

Disease outbreak news - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 13:00
Rift Valley fever (RVF) has been reported in Kenya in humans in Isiolo and Mandera counties and in

Social Media Toolkit

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Provides messages and graphics to help ensure current, correct messaging from a trusted source, create collateral materials, and share resources regarding COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Systems

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Safety is a top priority for COVID-19 vaccines. Learn how the U.S. vaccine safety system is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Customizable COVID-19 Vaccine Content for Community-Based Organizations

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Customizable content, including newsletters, for community-based organizations to promote COVID-19 vaccinations
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Social Media Toolkit: K-12 Schools Operational Strategy

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Help K-12 schools operate safely. Combine steps to limit spread of COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

COVID-19 Partner Update Call - Women, Caregiving, and COVID-19: A Delicate Balancing Act - September 14, 2020

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Information on COVID-19 Partner Update Call - Women, Caregiving, and COVID-19: A Delicate Balancing Act
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Systemic health and social inequities have put people from racial and ethnic minority groups at increased risk from COVID-19. Take steps to reduce health disparities.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

COVID Data Tracker Weekly Review

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
A review of the week's key data from CDC's COVID Data Tracker, narrative interpretations, and visualizations.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

School Nutrition Resources

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
COVID-19 schools nutrition resources for school nutrition professionals, teachers and staff.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in K-12 schools

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
COVID-19 transmission in schools is associated with community transmission. Transmission spread within schools can be limited with strict implementation of layered mitigation strategies.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
State and local governments can use CDC's risk indicators to inform decisions about reopening schools during COVID-19.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

Surveillance and Data Analytics

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
Systems that are collecting and reporting COVID data
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

COVID-19 Serology Surveillance Strategy

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 07:00
: CDC has an overarching strategy for learning more about how many people have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and how it is spreading through the U.S. population. This strategy includes using serology testing for surveillance to better understand how many infections with SARS-CoV-2 have occurred including conducting large-scale geographic surveys, community-level surveys, and special population surveys.
Categories: C.D.C. (U.S.)

WHO Executive Board stresses need for improved response to mental health impact of public health emergencies

WHO news - Thu, 02/11/2021 - 11:06
The importance of integrating mental health into preparedness and response plans for public health emergencies was emphasized by WHO Member States at the WHO Executive Board meeting held in January 2021. Delegates expressed their strong support for the adoption of a Decision on this topic, proposed by Thailand, and co-sponsored by more than 40 Member States, at the 74th session of the World Health Assembly, due to meet in May 2021.

WHO Publishes Quality Criteria for Health National Adaptation Plans

WHO news - Thu, 02/11/2021 - 07:27
New WHO Quality Criteria for Health National Adaptation Plans HNAPs provides policy makers and ministries of health with good practices and quality criteria for health adaptation planning.

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