The WHO Global Fight Against COVID-19

Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to fighting COVID-19 for better health for everyone, everywhere.

Kyrgyzstan scaling up its preparedness, readiness and response capacities: COVID-19

Through a series of training and simulation exercises, as well as delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE) and test kits, the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, in collaboration with WHO and partners, has been taking measures to ensure the country is better equipped to respond to a COVID-19 outbreak.

WHO with partners delivered 1300 test kits, 10 000 surgical masks and pairs of gloves; 1400 gowns and 200 pairs of protective goggles and face masks. In addition, WHO Kyrgyzstan office locally procured alcohol-based hand sanitizer and masks for health professions. In addition, 90 health professionals from critical care units, primary health centers, and 2 military hospitals completed a 2-day training, using WHO Guidelines. 

Azerbaijan steps up COVID-19 preparedness and readiness measures

Azerbaijan is 1 of the 17 countries in the WHO European Region that is receiving personal protective equipment and laboratory testing kits from WHO – with a first round in February, and a second one currently being shipped. WHO deployed experts to the country for a mission to support preparedness and response. During the five-day mission the team visited national and regional hospitals, laboratories, discussed the national plan to detect and treat people with COVID-19. The team also worked with the national authorities to further develop the COVID-19 response roadmap.

WHO will continue its support to Azerbaijan through its country and regional offices and by engaging international experts and partners in the country.

WHO guidelines to help European countries maintain essential health services during the COVID 19 pandemic

To help countries in the Region, WHO/Europe has issued technical guidance to:

  • make transparent and evidence-informed decisions about which health- and social-care services are essential and which may be postponed, deferred or delivered through other means; and
  • train, repurpose and mobilize the health workforce to meet the surge in demand, protect the physical health of frontline health workers, and provide them with mental health and psychosocial support.

The technical guidance sets out 10 strategic and operationally focused actions to support health service planners and health-care system managers in the Region to maintain the continuity and resourcing of priority services while mobilizing the health workforce to respond to the pandemic.

Furthermore, as part of WHO’s global response to COVID-19, it has also updated its operational planning guidance to support the reorganization and maintenance of access to high-quality essential health services for all. 

WHO partners with WhatsApp, Facebook and Viber to bring most up to date and accurate information to billions of people

WHO launched a dedicated messaging services in Arabic, English, French and Spanish with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. This easy-to-use messaging service has the potential to reach 2 billion people and enables WHO to get information directly into the hands of the people that need it.

In addition, a new WHO interactive chatbot on Rakuten Viber aims to get accurate information about COVID-19 to people in multiple languages. The partnership with Rakuten Viber gives WHO the potential to reach over 1 billion people in their local language directly through their mobile phones. 

The Dread Pirate Dave

David is the Editor in Chief of Postcards From the Edge. I was born on a cold November morning on the showy plains of Colorado. Like my father, before me, I am an American Nomad.

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