COVID-19: Prevention and Detection
World Health Organization
Established in 1948
Mission Statement: WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. Our goal is to ensure that a billion more people have universal health coverage, to protect a billion more people from health emergencies, and provide a further billion people with better health and well-being.
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Impacts & Achievements:
Some of the highlights
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- Bought & shipped PPE to 74 countries.
- Provided 40 technical guidance documents for schools, workplaces, health workers, and more.
- Supplied 1.5 million diagnostic kits to 120 countries to increase countries’ clinical management capacity.
- 39 countries in Africa, 20 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and 29 countries in the Americas are due to have the ability to detect COVID-19 thanks to WHO.
- Almost 194 countries have adopted public health and other response measures, largely coordinated and guided by WHO.
- WHO has more than 7000 people from more than 150 countries working in 150 country offices, in 6 regional offices and at our headquarters in Geneva more than 50% of WHO staff work in-country offices.
- Malaria deaths dropped by approximately 60% and tuberculosis deaths by 37% between 2000 and 2015 as a result of expanded prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
How World Health Organization is making a difference
Coordinating the Global COVID-19 Effort:
The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic.
As part of their Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, WHO is:
- Putting in place activities to track and understand the spread of the virus.
- Ensuring patients get the care they need.
- Buying and ship essential supplies such as masks, gloves and protective wear for frontline workers.
- Producing evidence based guidelines and advice, and make sure health workers and responders get the information and training to detect and treat affected patients.
- Producing guidance for the general public and for particular groups on measures to take to prevent the spread and prevent themselves and others.
- Accelerating efforts to develop vaccines, tests and treatments.
Strengthened the laboratory capacity:
Supplied 1.5 million diagnostic kits to 120 countries to increase countries’ clinical management capacity
39 countries in Africa, 20 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and 29 in the Americas are due to have the ability to detect COVID-19.
Treatment and therapeutics:
WHO launched the SOLIDARITY trial on March 18, 2020 to generate global data on the most effective treatments for COVID-19.
Personal Protective Equipment:
Bought and shipped PPE to 74 countries including:
- 795,000 surgical and N95 masks
- 987,000 globes
- 96,000 gowns
- 22,000 goggles
- 20,830 face shields
WHO launched a Partners Platform to help countries assess readiness and request response resources.
Provided information to public:
40 technical guidance documents for public advice, including:
- Steps to protect yourself
- Myth busters
- Guidance for schools
- Guidance for the workplace
- Guidance for health workers and more
WHO launched a Health Alert Messaging service on WhatsApp, reaching over 10 million users within three days.
Build Capacity to Respond:
Developed 6 multilingual online courses and one simulation exercise reaching 176,000 responders. Over 500,000 enrollments for #COVID19 courses on OpenWHO platform.
Almost 194 countries have adopted public health and other response measures.