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Child Care Decision Tool

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 07:00
Child Care Decision Tool
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Mass Transit Decision Tool

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 07:00
Mass Transit Decision Tool
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Checklist for Homeless Service Providers During Community Re-opening

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Sat, 05/16/2020 - 07:00
Checklist for Homeless Service Providers During Community Re-opening
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WHO and Costa Rica preview technology pooling initiative to ensure access to COVID-19 health products for all

WHO news - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 20:56

Geneva, 15 May 2020 – Presidents Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica and Sebastián Piñera of Chile joined WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today to announce progress on a technology platform that aims to lift access barriers to effective vaccines, medicines and other health products against COVID-19. Costa Rica proposed the idea at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak and several countries are now backing the proposal.

“Our proposal relies on solidarity,” said President Alvarado of Costa Rica. “It’s a Solidarity call to action to Member States, to academia, to companies, research institutions and cooperation agencies, based on global social responsibility, on a voluntary basis, promoting more global nonexclusive voluntary licensing.”

“We need to unleash the full power of science, without caveats or restrictions, to deliver innovations that are scalable, usable, and benefit everyone, everywhere, at the same time,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“Traditional market models will not deliver at the scale needed to cover the entire globe. Solidarity within and between countries and the private sector is essential if we are to overcome these difficult times.”

“Chile, like most countries in the international community, considers that only through international cooperation is it possible to emerge victorious from the crisis caused by COVID-19,” said Ambassador Cristian Streeter, Director of Multilateral Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaking on behalf of President Piñera of Chile.

The platform will pool data, knowledge and intellectual property for existing or new COVID-19 health products to deliver ‘global public goods’ for all people and all countries. Through the open sharing of science and data, numerous companies will be able to access the information they need to produce the technologies, thereby scaling up availability worldwide, lowering costs and increasing access. 

WHO and Costa Rica will officially launch the platform on 29 May. On that date, a Solidarity Call to Action will be published on WHO’s web site where governments, research and development funders, institutions and companies can express their support.

The solidarity of all of WHO’s Member States will be critical to ensuring the technology platform can be a meaningful tool for equitable access to COVID-19 health products.

Rapid risk assessment: Paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome and SARS -CoV-2 infection in children

ECDC - Risk assessments - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 15:00
Several countries affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic recently reported cases of children that were hospitalised in intensive care due to a rare paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS). The presenting signs and symptoms are a mix of the ones for Kawasaki disease (KD) and toxic shock syndrome (TSS) and are characterised, among others, by fever, abdominal pain and cardiac involvement. A possible temporal association with SARS-COV-2 infection has been hypothesised because some of the children that were tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection were either positive by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or serology.
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Online Survey for Health Professionals on a Healthy Recovery from COVID-19

WHO news - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:43
A survey for healthcare professionals about their country’s - and the world’s - efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.

Research leads to actions improving childbirth in Guinea

WHO news - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:39

When Ms. Fatoumata Binta Toure learned the results of a WHO/HRP-led study in four countries  showing that more than one-third of women experienced mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities, she was not entirely surprised.  

“We often heard that women were experiencing these issues, but this research gave us the truth,” the President of the National Association of Nurses of Guinea explained.

“It is not the objective of childbirth, for women to be treated with violence. We saw this study as a chance to move forward – to put a plan of action in place and improve respectful care for women.” 

positive childbirth experience is about more than the birth of a healthy baby. It meets a woman’s personal and cultural expectations. It gives her a sense of control and involvement in decision-making in her own care, supported by competent clinical staff and her own choice of birth companion.   

This is not the experience or the expectation for many women preparing to give birth. The WHO/HRP study, carried out in Ghana, Guinea, Myanmar and Nigeria, recorded a range of negative experiences in health facilities. These included physical and verbal abuse, stigma and discrimination, and medical procedures performed without consent.  

For scientists at CERREGUI (Center for Research in Reproductive Health in Guinea), the coordinating research institute in Guinea, publishing the evidence in The Lancet was not the end of the story. 

“If a woman expects mistreatment, why will she go to a hospital to deliver? We know that improving respectful care will encourage more women to deliver at a facility with skilled birth attendance, reducing maternal mortality in the long-term. It is also crucial from a women’s rights perspective,” explained Dr Mamadou Dioulde Balde, Coordinator of CERREGUI, which has also been a grantee of the HRP Alliance’s research capacity strengthening activities. 

“When we understood the scale of the problem, our team was motivated to move beyond the published literature to practical recommendations.” 

Less than two months after publication in December 2019, with support from WHO/HRP, CERREGUI brought ministry officials with maternity hospital directors, nongovernmental organizations, professional associations and international agencies to present the research findings together in Conakry, Guinea. Together they developed a set of recommendations which could be implemented at the national level to reduce mistreatment of women during childbirth. 

These include practical steps such as allowing chosen birth companions and accepting the birth position desired by the woman, as well as health system changes such as scaling up training in respectful maternity care and strengthening governance and oversight.  

Accepted by the Ministry of Health, these recommendations are incorporated into the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Infant, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (SRMNIA-N 2020-2024) Strategic Plan and the  MUSKOKA Action Plan of 2021.  

“All women have the right to dignified, respectful health care across pregnancy and childbirth, free from violence and discrimination,” said Dr Bernadette Dramou, WHO National Professional Officer for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health /Nutrition. “From the Ministry of Health to the maternity ward, we are committed and enthusiastic about turning this research into action, putting into practice these recommendations for respectful care which can improve the experience of childbirth for every woman in Guinea.” 

Some health facilities are already taking steps which make a significant difference to the well-being of women. 

At the maternity ward of the National Teaching Hospital, Ignace Deen, in Conakry, birth companions of choice are being accommodated.  

“We shared the recommendations widely with a lot of midwives, and immediately took actions to improve respectful maternity care in our hospital,” explained Mrs. Hawa Keita, Head Midwife of Maternity Ward at Ignace Dean. 

“We now have a chair by the side of each bed in the labour ward, so that every woman can have their companion of choice by their side through childbirth.”  

Nurses and midwives make up nearly half of the global health workforce. They were critical stakeholders at the meeting to develop national recommendations.  

“When we know the numbers, we can make informed decisions, improving our own work practices and conditions in ways that lead to improvement for women,” said Mrs. Marie Conde, President of the Order of Midwives in Guinea.  

“All midwives should be aware of the different types of mistreatment women can experience. We also need to be proactive and make sure that women in our care during labour and childbirth understand what kind of treatment they should receive.”  

For Dr Balde, the experience of coordinating this study, as well as ongoing research capacity strengthening support from the HRP Alliance has made a difference on several levels. 

“As a teacher, I see how important this has been for my students and my colleagues. First, we now have viable data which we know can make a difference to policy. Second, being part of a multi-country study has led to very interesting exchanges of experiences between teams. Third, I see members of our team going on to further research training with the help of the HRP Alliance, taking on new projects that can improve sexual and reproductive health for women across Guinea.” 

“It is encouraging to see countries take on board the importance of ensuring a positive experience for women during childbirth.” said Dr Ӧzge Tunçalp, scientist at WHO and senior author of the study. “We hope that women in Guinea will reap the benefits of this new approach, which puts women’s wishes and preferences more at the centre of their care. It should not be forgotten either that evidence also suggests a positive experience at childbirth may lead on to improved outcomes for each woman and her child - in the immediate post-pregnancy period and far beyond.” 

Photo: Research and recommendations stakeholder workshop, Conakry, Guinea (2019)



Youth Programs and Camps Decision Tool

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Youth Programs and Camps Decision Tool
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Schools Decision Tool

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Schools Decision Tool
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Restaurants and Bars Decision Tool

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Restaurants and Bars Decision Tool
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Workplace Decision Tool

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Workplace Decision Tool
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Topics for Contact Tracers

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Topics for Contact Tracers
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Topics for Case Investigators

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Topics for Case Investigators
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Identify the Primary Components of COVID-19 Contact Tracing

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Identify the Primary Components of COVID-19 Contact Tracing
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Identify Jurisdiction-Specific Contact Tracing Tools and Protocols

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Identify Jurisdiction-Specific Contact Tracing Tools and Protocols
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Identify Jurisdiction-Specific Case Investigation Tools

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Identify Jurisdiction-Specific Case Investigation Tools
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Analyze Contact Tracing Encounters for Continuous Quality Improvement

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Analyze Contact Tracing Encounters for Continuous Quality Improvement
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Apply COVID-19 Contact Tracing Protocol to Realistic Scenarios

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Apply COVID-19 Contact Tracing Protocol to Realistic Scenarios
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Define COVID-19 Contact Tracing Protocol

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Define COVID-19 Contact Tracing Protocol
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Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers - Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (CDC) - Fri, 05/15/2020 - 07:00
Information when managing pediatric patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
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