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Published 14.06.2020 18:37
In South Africa’s Western Cape Province health officials will now focus on testing the elderly for Covid-19.
The province has announced that they will now focus their testing on those aged 55 and above as they are the ones who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill. By focusing on vulnerable groups the province hopes to offer speedy interventions to save lives. The Western Cape Province…
Published 12.06.2020 07:33
In Equatorial Guinea, the Government has announced a plan of a mass testing programme for its entire 1.3 million population.
The announcement has been made by the Vice President of the country on his Instagram account. The strategy includes designeting 30 spots in the country’s two main cities, Malabo and Bata, to test the population.
Published 08.06.2020 07:16
In Cuba, tens of thousands of family doctors, nurses and students are visiting door to door every household across the island.
Cuba, the country with the highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world, is using its human resources for a massive quick identification of cases, contact tracing and quarantine in isolation centres. Despite the fact it closed its border later than other countries in the region, the cases have decreased.
Published 26.05.2020 17:27
In Brazil, there is a campaign to encourage people to send letters to the elderly people.
The government of São Paulo launched the project “A gesture of affection for nobody to be alone” for elderly people living in nursing homes to receive messages during the quarantine. The letters are sent to emails from 576 nursing homes that are on the list available on the government website.…
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Published 26.05.2020 12:28
In Brazil, elderly people can call “Disque 100” if they feel lonely.
The telephone number to report human rights violations began to answer calls from elderly people who want to talk and lessen the feeling of loneliness during the quarantine. The service is free and available 24 hours a day.
Published 25.05.2020 07:36
In Veneto region, northern Italy, the government has launched a TV campaign entitled “Happy Hour?” to raise awareness on social distancing.
The video shows young people taking off their masks to talk to friends, sharing drinks, toasting or greeting each other followed by the image of a hospital bed and a message: “everything will be halted again”. In Italy, lockdown was eased on May 22 and some people returned to their…
Published 23.05.2020 15:48
In Argentina, a collaborative network of volunteers helps the elderly.
The #MayoresCuidados project brings together volunteers to talk to the elderly on the phone during the quarantine imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The aim is to offer company so that the elderly do not feel lonely. In addition, volunteers can help by going shopping for food and medicines or walking…
Published 22.05.2020 15:17
Mongolian Cabinet approved the second package of measures to stimulate the economy.
The total cost is around USD 284 million (MNT 793 billion) and will be given to 1.14 million children, people in high necessity for food provision, senior citizens, disabled, and the cashmere industry.
Published 15.05.2020 14:47
In Niger, the Association of Traditional Chiefs launched a sensitization campaign in Niamey, the largest city of the country.
UNICEF Niger accompanied the President of the Association of Traditional Chiefs during the visit. The social structure is hierarchical in Niger and traditional leaders are key to raise awareness in the society. Traditional and religious leaders and respected people in the communities are working together in awareness campaigns.
Published 11.05.2020 19:45
Spain implemented a 4-step plan for easing lockdown on May 11, after almost two months of one of Europe’s strictest restrictions.
Each phase will last at least two weeks and will be granted by regions. In Phase 1, museums, gyms and hotels will reopen but their common areas will remain closed and restaurants and terraces will reopen at a third of their capacity. In Phase 2, malls, cinemas and theatres will…

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