Preparations are underway to start the “Soap bubbles against coronavirus” initiative also in Uganda

Preparations are underway to start the “Soap bubbles against coronavirus” initiative also in Uganda.
The wonderful team of Ugandan youths from R-Evolution for the Children and Vulnerable will visit the orphanages to give both explanations and also everything needed to wash hands properly, including what may seem the most obvious but is often the least available. (facilities for pedal hand washing, liquid soap and disinfectant), in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as covid-19 among the staff and children housed in these facilities.

What if tropical diseases had as much attention as COVID?

In this article published by Nature, Prof. Francine Ntoumi addresses how the efforts to tackle Covid-19 are consequently and tragically neglecting all other diseases, for which it is estimated that all the important achiviements in terms of reducing of these recent years will be lost https://go.nature.com/2Kui5as

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse recent progress in reducing the global burden of Tuberculosis

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse recent progress in reducing the global burden of tuberculosis. The global number of deaths for tuberculosis could increase by around 200.000–400.000 in 2020 alone, as result of essential tuberculosis services disruptions due to the reallocation of human, financial and other resources from tuberculosis to the COVID-19 response, as reported by WHO: https://bit.ly/35KyzD

INTEGRATION

“This project will improve malaria prevention strategies for both children, pregnant women and families as a whole as the study is being conducted in families which will raise awareness of malaria prevention. Furthermore, the proposed strategy can reduce the high risk estimated by the WHO that deaths from malaria double as a result of the interruption of interventions due to the Covid-19 pandemic “, are the words of the evaluators appointed by the European Commission (EDCTP) to examine the INTEGRATION project proposal.
Trusting in a positive outcome, the consortium of African and European researchers who developed the project proposal (Mali, Burkina Faso, France, U.K. and Italy) is now committed to providing further information and clarification to the assessors, who will complete the evaluation in January 2021.

Gloria Mason, Director for the Liberia National Ethics Review Board and member of the LiberHetica, speaker at international seminars on ethics in data sharing

Proud to have Gloria Mason, Director for the Liberia National Ethics Review Board and member of the LiberHetica (http://liberhetica.org) project in the panel of joint online seminars examining the GFBR (Global Forum on Bioethics in Research) and PHEPREN (Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Ethics Network) ethics recommendations in the context of data sharing and research response to COVID-19 pandemic. For more info + registration visit: https://bit.ly/2HF15No

From 2003 at the forefront of supporting Sub-Saharan Africa’s response to poverty-related infectious diseases, EDCTP plays a key role also in the African response to Covid-19

The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) is a public-public partnership between countries in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, supported by the European Union, which since 2003 has been accelerating the clinical development of new or improved medicines for the identification, treatment and prevention of poverty-related infectious diseases, is also at the forefront of supporting Sub-Saharan Africa’s response to COVID-19 https://bit.ly/2TDonGd idー19

Indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on malaria in Africa

In Africa, pregnant women and young children are the most vulnerable to malaria.

However, malaria control interventions and strategies have achivied important results in the last years.

COVID-19 has now made these interventions critical, and could undo the results obtained so far, as highlighted by scientists in the Lancet: https://bit.ly/2Tfyxwn.

Potentially, COVID-19 could indirectly cause more deaths than it already does directly, in the context of Africa’s weak and fragile health systems.

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