Gazelle® Diagnostic Platform, Designed for Low Resource Settings, Integrates Miniaturized Technologies with AI to Transform Disease Screening and Diagnosis

8-minute, Low-Cost Diagnostic Test for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Among First Approved Tests Includes a One-Minute Malaria Test with Solutions for Other Health Priorities to Follow PORTLAND, Ore. and MUMBAI, India , June 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Officials from Hemex Health joined with supportive global health leaders to launch the company’s Gazelle® Diagnostic platform […]

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COVID-19 – Flow Monitoring Registry: Mobility Trends – January – June 2020 – West & Central Africa (17 June 2020)

Introduction and Methodology: The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected mobility in West and Central Africa in the form of various travel disruptions, restrictions and bans, which often leave migrants stranded. This report provides key information on the magnitude and types of changes to mobility observed in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The Flow Monitoring Registry (FMR) is a tool of IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) which records movements crossing areas of high density mobility (areas of departure, transit and destination). FMR gathers data on the numbers, profiles of travellers…

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IOM COVID-19: Impact On Key Locations of Internal Mobility – Weekly Analysis, 17 June 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected global mobility both in terms of international mobility restrictions and restrictive measures on internal movement. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM has developed a global mobility database to gather, map and track data on these restrictive measures impacting movement. This report provides a global perspective of the COVID-19-related measures and restrictions imposed by countries, territories and areas impacting internal movements, as well as the resulting effects on stranded migrants and other population categories. The information in this report relies on a…

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IOM COVID-19: Impact On Points Of Entry – Weekly Analysis, 17 June 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic has affected global mobility both in terms of international mobility restrictions and restrictive measures on internal movement. To better understand how COVID-19 affects global mobility, IOM has developed a global mobility database to gather, map and track data on these restrictive measures impacting movement. This report provides a global perspective of the COVID-19-related measures and restrictions imposed by countries, territories and areas impacting cross-border, as well as the resulting effects on stranded migrants and other population categories. The information in this report relies on a compilation…

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 17 June 2020

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening. The world has now recorded more than 8 million cases of COVID-19. In the first two months, 85,000 cases were reported. But in the past two months 6 million cases have been reported. There have been more than 435,000 deaths and in the Americas, Africa and South Asia; cases are still rapidly rising. However, there are green shoots of hope, which show that together through global solidarity, humanity can overcome this pandemic. We now have good examples of many countries that have shown…

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US$25 million to help Yemen Fight Locusts, Preserve Food Security, and Protect Livelihoods

Washington, June 17, 2020 — The World Bank announced today US$25 million in new funding from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s arm for the poorest countries, to help Yemen control the ongoing locust outbreak affecting the country and strengthen its preparedness systems against threats of future outbreaks. The proposed project is part of the Bank’s overall response to the desert locust crisis in Africa and MENA. The operation aims to improve surveillance and control, mitigating the impact of locust swarms on human health and the environment, and…

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Striking Doctors in Nigeria Demand COVID-19 PPE, Hazard Pay

A Nigerian doctors union is demanding that the government provide members with more personal protective equipment and hazard pay in treating patients infected with COVID-19, or they will escalate a strike that began Monday, its leader said. Dr. Aliyu Sokomba, president of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, said union members now caring for patients in COVID-19 treatment facilities will suspend those duties unless federal and state governments comply with their demands within two weeks. An undisclosed number of the union’s 5,000 members, who represent at least a third of…

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4 Countries Win Seats on UN Security Council; 5th Goes to Runoff

NEW YORK – Four countries were elected to two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday in the first major vote held at the world body amid the coronavirus pandemic. India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway will join the council on January 1 for the rotating term. But a decision on who will occupy a seat representing Africa will go to a second round of voting Thursday, as neither of the contenders, Kenya and Djibouti, captured the necessary two-thirds majority. The vote was held in a sparsely populated General Assembly…

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