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Good morning, Pokuaa here, and today in the world of global health, the resurgence of Ebola in West and Central Africa is a call for concern, bringing back nightmarish memories of the 2013-2016 outbreak.

In other news, UNAIDs chief speaks out against wealth disparities as Covid-19 sheds light on the consequences of inequalities in health research and systems.

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Pokuaa Oduro-Bonsrah


Global health news

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A Liberian man reads a newspaper reporting on the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Guinea at a sidewalk newsstand in Monrovia, Liberia, 16 February 2021 (Source: Keystone)

🇬🇳 Deadly Ebola resurgence in Guinea. Alarm bells ring as the reappearance of the Ebola virus in Guinea threatens to tear through the country once again. This is the first time the country has reported cases since the West African Ebola outbreak in 2013-2016 which cost over 11,300 lives.

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⚖️ All’s not fair in health research. Disparities in global health research have devastating effects on low-middle income countries. The Research Fairness Initiative is taking leaps in addressing the research gaps between the Global North and South.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

😷 Covid-19 holds torch to existing inequalities. Being a recognised voice in the fight against wealth inequalities, Winnie Byanyima, executive director of UNAIDS once again aired her frustrations on the disparities between rich and poor countries, this time highlighting the devastating impacts of Covid-19.

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Here's what else is happening

Image of the day

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South Africa starts their vaccine campaign. 17 February 2021. (Source: KEe

Vaccinations finally on the way in South Africa. On Wednesday, South Africa began administering its first coronavirus vaccines. Following their rejection of the Oxford-Astrazeneca doses, the country has opted for the Johnson & Johnson shots, with health care workers and top politicians being amongst the first to be inoculated.

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Next on the agenda

📍18 February | Book Launch: A Guide to global health diplomacy. With the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, the book ‘A guide to global health diplomacy’ being launched aims to provide practical tools for strengthening negotiation skills in the diplomatic world.


📍22-25 February | Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum. The fourth time this forum will be held, the focus will be on research related to the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) and its successor, the Immunization Agenda 2030.


Number of the day

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Covid-19 cases dropping. The number of new Covid cases reported worldwide fell 16 per cent last week to 2.7 million, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday in its weekly epidemiological update. It was also reported that new deaths also fell 10 per cent.


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