Update 2020 United Nations And WHO Announcement

Some $200 million of this funding is required for the agency’s COVID-19 response in Bangladesh.

the remaining $120 million is needed to help the mainly-Muslim ethnic Rohingya for the next six months.“Lockdowns and restrictions in movement are affecting livelihoods of millions across Bangladesh, especially daily wage earners like rickshaw drivers, day labourers who now find themselves unable to meet their basic needs”

2020 is the current year, and is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2020th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 20th year of the 3rd millennium, the 20th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2020s decade.

2020 has been designated as Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization. The United Nations has declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health.2020 has been designated as International Year of Sound by the International Commission for Acoustics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to severe global social and economic disruption and an economic recession.

Originally broadcast live on 04 May 2020, the daily press briefing on coronavirus COVID-19, direct from WHO Headquarters, Geneva Switzerland with Dr Tedros WHO Director-General, Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme, and Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead COVID-19, WHO Health Emergencies Programme.

United Nations (15 May 2020)

Refugee camp in Bangladesh Image

Refugee camp in Bangladesh Image

After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading.

Concerted UN Action

UN agencies have already put in place a series of concerted COVID-19 contingency measures in Cox’s Bazar, including the International
It has provided upgraded triage areas in 35 primary care facilities along with three isolation and treatment centres. Also nearing completion is a quarantine centre, large enough to accommodate 465 people and 250 beds for people suffering from severe acute respiratory infection.

Although the arrival of the pandemic was expected, it adds further pressure on extremely vulnerable individuals preparing for the approaching monsoon season.

Executive Board And World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the legislative and supreme body of WHO. Based in Geneva, it typically meets yearly in May. It appoints the Director-General every five years and votes on matters of policy and finance of WHO, including the proposed budget. It also reviews reports of the Executive Board and decides whether there are areas of work requiring further examination. The Assembly elects 34 members, technically qualified in the field of health, to the Executive Board for three-year terms. The main functions of the Board are to carry out the decisions and policies of the Assembly, to advise it and to facilitate its work. As of April 2020, the chairman of the executive board is Dr. Hiroki Nakatani.

On 8 May 2020, the United States blocked a vote on a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at promoting nonviolent international cooperation during the pandemic. The United States had objected to the original text of the resolution because it mentioned the World Health Organization, and it also objected to an attempted compromise that referred instead to U.N. “specialized health agencies.” (wikipedia)

Emergency Committee

Commentators including John Mackenzie of the WHO’s emergency committee and Anne Schuchat of the US’ CDC have indicated concern that China’s official tally of cases and deaths may be an underestimation. David Heymann, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said in response to skepticism on transparency that “China has been very transparent and open in sharing its data … they’re sharing it very well and they opened up all of their files with the WHO present.”

Traditional medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine image

Traditional Chinese medicine image.

WHO has been moving toward acceptance and integration of traditional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In 2022, the new International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, ICD-11, will attempt to enable classifications from traditional medicine to be integrated with classifications from evidence-based medicine. Though Chinese authorities have pushed for the change, this and other support of the WHO for traditional medicine has been criticized by the medical and scientific community, due to lack of evidence and the risk of endangering wildlife hunted for traditional remedies. A WHO spokesman said that the inclusion was “not an endorsement of the scientific validity of any Traditional Medicine practice or the efficacy of any Traditional Medicine intervention.”

$320 million needed for Rohingya, struggling Bangladeshis

Some $200 million of this funding is required for the agency’s COVID-19 response in Bangladesh and the remaining $120 million is needed to help the mainly-Muslim ethnic Rohingya for the next six months.
“Lockdowns and restrictions in movement are affecting livelihoods of millions across Bangladesh, especially daily wage earners like rickshaw drivers, day labourers who now find themselves unable to meet their basic needs”, said WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs.

Under WFP’s scheme, the funding will ensure food security for families in rural areas and urban slums, as well as day labourers.

In the meantime, the agency has maintained national distributions of fortified rice, cash transfers and nutrition programmes, to complement Government assistance.

It has also begun building storage areas for food and non-food items necessary for the COVID-19 response, including personal protective equipment, and is helping other humanitarian agencies by moving supplies into and around Bangladesh.

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