16 March 2023 Your key COVID-19 report
Weekly Epidemiological Update
16 March 2023
Globally, nearly 4.1 million new cases and 28 000 deaths were reported in the last 28 days (13 February to 12 March 2023), a decrease of 40% and 57%, respectively, compared to the previous 28 days; however, there are significant regional differences including increases in some regions. As of 12 March 2023, over 760 million confirmed cases and over 6.8 million deaths have been reported globally.
In this edition, we include:
Monthly Operational Update
In this edition of the Monthly Operational Update on Health Emergencies, highlights of country-level actions and WHO support to countries include:
Somalia calls for help as 1.8 million Somali children under 5 experience acute malnutrition and health complications
In Somalia, WHO is using the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) funds to minimize the health impact of the famine-like situation provoked by the worst drought in a decade. The number of people requiring urgent support is increasing, with 7.8 million people affected and an estimated 1.8 million children under 5 facing acute malnutrition. WHO is on the ground providing essential lifesaving primary health care services in hard-hit districts across the country, but the situation is worsening.
Strengthening Mental Health response to COVID-19 and other crisis in three Caribbean countries
The World Health Organization (WHO) together with its Health Cluster partners in Yemen is appealing for US$ 392 million to reach 12.9 million people with essential health assistance in 2023. The funding will be used to ensure that overstretched health facilities can continue providing even most basic services to 12.9 million of the most vulnerable people.
WHO's Health Emergency Appeal 2023
WHO needs US$ 2.54 billion to provide help and respond to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable amongst a record 339 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Many are at risk of serious health threats, including disease outbreaks, nutritional crises, and lack of access to essential medical services, The funds will enable WHO to respond to 54 ongoing emergencies, 11 of which are Grade 3.
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