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A new outbreak of #Ebola is occurring in Équateur province, #DRC. 6 cases detected so far, including 4 deaths. WHO surge team already on the ground supporting the response: bit.ly/2MwnjjT
Contact tracing in Mbandaka, #DRC is underway. Work is ongoing to send additional supplies to support the government-led response to this new #Ebola outbreak. 25 more people expected to arrive tomorrow. bit.ly/2MwnjjT
This announcement comes as a long & complex #Ebola outbreak in eastern #DRC is in its final phase (on 14 May,@MinSanteRDC began the 42-day countdown to the declaration of the end of that outbreak), while the 🇨🇩 also battles #COVID19 & the 🌍’s largest #measles outbreak.
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"We now have more than 6 million cases of #COVID19 across the 🌍 and have lost more than 370,000 people to the virus"-@DrTedros
"As we work with governments across the 🌍 to suppress the virus and accelerate science around diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, we also continue to respond to other health emergencies and new disease outbreaks"-@DrTedros
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Cases of #pillage by corporate actors investigated and brought to justice are rare.

Very rare.

Still, TRIAL International in recent years has submitted no less than 4 such criminal cases to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of #Switzerland.
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The first complaint concerned the role played by #Argor-Heraeus in refining several tonnes of gold illegally extracted from the #DRC.
The OAG decided in 2015 to close it down.
Not being a civil party, TRIAL was unable to appeal the decision.
trialinternational.org/latest-post/sw…
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The second case, filed in 2016, concerns a Swiss businessman, Christoph Huber, currently under (very slow) investigation by the OAG for his role in the #looting of raw materials in the #DRC.
trialinternational.org/latest-post/pi…
#ConflictMinerals
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WHO's mission is to
promote health,
keep the 🌍 safe,
serve the vulnerable.

By 2023 we aim for:

1B more people benefiting from #HealthForAll

1B more people better protected from health emergencies

1B more people living with better health & well-being.

#WHOImpact
To achieve 1B more people benefiting from #HealthForAll:
WHO welcomes:
- #UNGA 2019 political declaration on Universal Health Coverage
-@IPUparliament Resolution on UHC
WHO Results Report 2018-2019: bit.ly/2yabnR1

Although access to health services has expanded, the 🌍 is still far short of the 1B target & financial protection has weakened.
SO WHO has created a special programme on primary health care to provide more broad-based support to countries. bit.ly/2yabnR1
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"Yesterday, we concluded a very productive #WHA73.

We saw unprecedented solidarity with Heads of Government from around the world beaming into the World Health Assembly to discuss lessons, challenges and collective next steps to tackle the #COVID19 pandemic"-@DrTedros
"I want to thank
🇨🇭President @s_sommaruga
🇿🇦President @CyrilRamaphosa
🇨🇳President Xi
🇰🇷President @moonriver365
🇫🇷President @EmmanuelMacron
🇨🇴 President @IvanDuque
🇵🇾 President @MaritoAbdo
🇩🇪Chancellor Merkel
..."-@DrTedros #COVID19 #WHA73
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Opening of the virtual #WHA73 with @DrTedros. #COVID19 pscp.tv/w/cZEDzTI2MTAy…
"Nurses & midwives have been on the frontlines of the fight against #COVID19, putting themselves in harm’s way. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of humanity.
Please join me, wherever you are, in standing to show your appreciation for these health heroes"-@DrTedros
"We've come together as the nations of the 🌍 to confront the defining health crisis of our time. We come
in grief for those we've lost
with concern for those fighting for their lives
with determination to triumph over the common threat
with hope for the future"-@DrTedros #WHA73
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1.The reported deployment of Zim troops in Mozambique represents further reproduction of illegalities&I’ll thought actions by the regime . Assuming there is an urgent military situation in #CaboDelgado surely the region collectively must act.A meeting of @SADC_News must be held
2.The #SADC Organ on Defense &Security should surely have met.This kind of unilateralism which we saw during the #DRC civil is foolish &costly &against basic tenets of international law Wars are protracted &costly.The involvement of the region was precondition to any involvement
3.Further any involvement should only have been part of a #SADC Mission&nothing else. Parliament should be notified& constitution should be followed But Zim is in #COVID war & can’t even afford basic PCR Tests .This move is total madness .Zim can’t afford unilateralism nor a war
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"The sooner #China was included into the international community, the earlier it would learn to play along with international norms, the argument went. But, China’s current measures indicate otherwise. International norms are the ones being played." thediplomat.com/2020/04/how-ch…
"China’s attempts to make the @UN a tool for achieving its hegemonic ambition would erode the institution’s trustworthiness from within and render international cooperation parochial."
"China’s approach to international cooperation would defeat the UN’s purpose to settle distributional conflicts since, very soon, other stakeholders would realize that cooperation is a cloak for advancing China’s national interests."
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Ahead of #WorldImmunizationWeek, WHO warns:

Shutting down immunization services in the #COVID19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines
👉 bit.ly/34ZRQyX

#VaccinesWork for all!
When immunization services are disrupted, even for brief periods during emergencies, the risk of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, such as #measles and #polio, increases.
👉 bit.ly/34ZRQyX

#VaccinesWork for all!
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1 US journalists: how did you cover the #ebola outbreak in eastern #DRC? I know, I know, most of you didn't cover it. But other people did, and you should look at their coverage.
2 In that outbreak, armed militia and mistrustful populations who believed conspiracy theories in a toxic political environment disrupted public health measures. Sound familiar? Of course it does. People act similarly all over the place. It's our coverage of stuff that differs.
3 Anyways, did media (DRC and intl) covering outbreak coddle conspiracy theorists with both sides-ism, and give nonstop coverage to people encouraging such theories? Did they breathlessly report unproven cures and vaccines? Did they gently describe armed groups as "protesters"?
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"Today is the first day our press conferences are being interpreted in all official @UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian & Spanish.

I’d like to welcome all journalists from around the 🌍, & I invite you to ask questions in any of the six UN languages"-@WHO #COVID19
"I’d like to start by thanking the many musicians, comedians and humanitarians who made Saturday’s “One World, #TogetherAtHome” concert an enormous success"-@DrTedros

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A new case of #Ebola virus disease was confirmed today in the city of Beni in #DRC 👉bit.ly/34txC0g
As part of the active #Ebola surveillance system in place to respond to this ongoing outbreak in #DRC, thousands of alerts are still being investigated every day. bit.ly/34txC0g
An alert is a person who has symptoms that could be due to Ebola, or any death in a high risk area that could have been as result of Ebola. bit.ly/34txC0g
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"Globally, nearly 1.5 million confirmed cases of #COVID19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 92,000 deaths.

In the past week, we’ve seen a welcome slowing in some of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, like Spain, Italy, Germany and France"-@DrTedros #coronavirus
"On a personal note, I was pleased to see my friend @BorisJohnson is no longer in intensive care. I wish him the best – as I wish the best for everyone who is facing what he faced"-@DrTedros #COVID19 #coronavirus
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The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on #Ebola in #DRC met today by teleconference to discuss whether the outbreak still constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Read more about Emergency Committees: bit.ly/2XUn8CE
Professor Robert Steffen was the chairperson of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on #Ebola in #DRC today.
Today the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on #Ebola in #DRC reconvened by teleconference to discuss whether the outbreak still constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Read more about Emergency Committees: bit.ly/2XUn8CE
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"The #COVID19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on families, communities and nations the world over.

But it’s also giving rise to incredible acts of generosity, solidarity and cooperation"-@DrTedros #coronavirus
"We have said consistently that we’re all in this together, and we can only succeed together. We need an all-of-society approach, with everyone playing their part.

That includes people in the entertainment industry"-@DrTedros #COVID19
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🌍 THREAD: As the world fights to curb #coronavirus, Africa faces a unique challenge: tackling #misinformation fuelled by a deep distrust of government. Our fact checkers around the continent explain (1/5) 🕵️ u.afp.com/3Tz5
Conspiracy theorists in #Nigeria said the government made up COVID-19 cases there to cash in on international funds 💰 while viral online posts recommend eating onion to ward off the disease (2/5)
False rumours in #DRC include claims #coronavirus was created by the state to control the population 👩‍⚕️ Suspicions are fanned by misinformation, leading to attacks against health workers (3/5)
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"It’s now more than a month since the last case of #Ebola in #DRC. If it stays that way, the outbreak will be declared over in less than a month’s time.

We’d like to thank all our partners for their solidarity in staying the course in the service of the people of 🇨🇩"-@DrTedros
"That same spirit of solidarity must be at the centre of our efforts to defeat #COVID19.

More than 200,000 cases have been reported to WHO & more than 8000 people have lost their lives.

More than 80% of all cases are from two regions – the @WHOWPRO & @WHO_Europe"-@DrTedros
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LIVE: Daily media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros #coronavirus pscp.tv/w/cTURUzI2MTAy…
"I’d like to start with a brief update on the #Ebola epidemic in #DRC. It’s now three weeks since the last case was reported, and a week since the last survivor left the treatment centre. We are now in the countdown to the end of the outbreak"-@DrTedros
"We continue to investigate alerts & vaccinate contacts every day & the security situation in remains fragile.
In previous #Ebola outbreaks we have seen flare-ups even after the end of the outbreak, so we are continuing to provide follow-up care for over 1100 survivors"-@DrTedros
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@RosemaryJMorgan @majardine @SallyRMelb @alexandraphelan @clarewenham @juliaheather @DaviesSaraE @DrSophieHarman @KarenGrepin Hi! Thank you for writing this comment - glad to see gender issues being considered from the outset! Like @SallyRMelb, I think there are a few distinct pathways via which outbreaks could lead to increases in #IPV & #GBV. Some thoughts: 1/n
@RosemaryJMorgan @majardine @SallyRMelb @alexandraphelan @clarewenham @juliaheather @DaviesSaraE @DrSophieHarman @KarenGrepin First, on a macro-level, IPV may⬆️during times of high stress. Particularly when linked to economic stability & fears of job loss or not being paid/earning loss. There is a robust lit linking safety nets to both IPV & other intra-familiar violence: academic.oup.com/wbro/article/3…
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A future for the world's children - report launch with @DrTedros pscp.tv/w/cR0uCDI2MTAy…
@DrTedros "As this report shows, we’ve seen real progress in improving child health, but we also face serious challenges.

Around 8 million more children & adolescents are surviving than they were 30 years ago"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros @UNICEF @unicefchief @TheLancet @WHOAFRO @WHOSEARO @WHO_Europe @WHOEMRO @pahowho @WHOWPRO "Close to 9 in 10 children born today receive vaccines that protect them against some leading childhood killers"-@DrTedros #VaccinesWork
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LIVE on #Periscope: Daily media briefing on #COVID19 with @DrTedros

pscp.tv/w/cRvvcTI2MTAy…
@DrTedros "I’d like to start today by talking not about #COVID19, but about #Syria.
Since the 1st of December, dozens of health facilities have suspended services in the Idleb & Aleppo areas. Out of nearly 550 health facilities in northwest Syria, only about half are operational"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "2 attacks on health facilities took place yesterday afternoon, on 2 separate hospitals in Aleppo. Luckily, there were no casualties.

We repeat: health facilities & #healthworkers are #NotATarget in conflict & attacks on health are a breach of international law"-@DrTedros
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Live with @DrTedros on health security from the @MunSecConf. #MSC2020 pscp.tv/w/cRfw6TI2MTAy…
@DrTedros @MunSecConf Yesterday I was in Kinshasa, in #DRC, meeting with the President & other senior ministers to review progress against the #Ebola outbreak & to work together on a plan to strengthen 🇨🇩’s health system so that it never sees another outbreak like this again”-@DrTedros at #MSC2020
@DrTedros @MunSecConf "I’d like to thank the 🇨🇩 President for his leadership & for his vision of a healthier & safer #DRC"-@DrTedros at #MSC2020
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@DrTedros "I am speaking to you from 🇨🇩, where I have met with @Presidence_RDC, ministers, @UN colleagues & partners to review the impressive progress that has been made to end #Ebola & to talk about future plans to ensure that everyone in 🇨🇩 can access quality health services"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros @Presidence_RDC @UN "I have been impressed with the commitment of @Presidence_RDC & his government to ending the #Ebola outbreak in eastern #DRC and I would like to urge the whole world to recommit to getting to zero Ebola cases"-@DrTedros
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"Today’s Kinshasa Commitment on Universal Health Coverage & the presentation of the national strategy, represent profound and practical steps towards achieving #HealthForAll.
President Tshisekedi & WHO have walked a long road together for promoting & protecting health"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros @WHOAFRO @OMSRDCONGO @Presidence_RDC "Many of you might not know that the path we are taking today started in July 2019 when the President told me during a meeting in Abuja about his determination to ensure universal health coverage in #DRC"-@DrTedros #HealthForAll

@DrTedros @WHOAFRO @OMSRDCONGO @Presidence_RDC "Our road continued to New York, last September, during the #UNGA, when world leaders adopted the first political declaration on universal health coverage"-@DrTedros #HealthForAll
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