FAO: No evidence that animals can transmit the coronavirus to humans

20 March 2020, Budapest, Hungary – Since the beginning of the global COVID-19 outbreak, FAO has been collaborating closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to assist member countries to identify potential animal hosts of this virus and reduce spillover events to humans.

Investigations to understand the epidemiology of COVID-19 and the involvement of animals as a virus reservoir or intermediate hosts are ongoing. At this point in time, however, the highest risk of COVID-19 spread is through human-to-human transmission. Thus, WHO is the authority and primary source of information regarding the human health aspects of this outbreak. Continue reading “FAO: No evidence that animals can transmit the coronavirus to humans”

Azerbaijan Tourism and Management University obtains prestigious UNWTO TedQual Certification, with support of State Tourism Agency and UNDP

Baku, 13 March 2020 – The Azerbaijan Tourism and Management University (ATMU) obtained the United Nations World Tourism Organization TedQual Quality Certification for bachelor and master degree education in the field of tourism and hospitality. Continue reading “Azerbaijan Tourism and Management University obtains prestigious UNWTO TedQual Certification, with support of State Tourism Agency and UNDP”

Critical to find and treat COVID-19 patients early, WHO mission to Azerbaijan recommends

BAKU, 13 March 2020 – The WHO mission to support COVID-19 preparedness and response in Azerbaijan recommended to prioritize early identification of cases to prevent the spread of illness and optimization of care to all patients. The recommendations were made following extensive consultations with the national authorities and are based on scientific evidence, experience and best practices. Continue reading “Critical to find and treat COVID-19 patients early, WHO mission to Azerbaijan recommends”

Azerbaijan adopts action plan to combat gender-biased sex selection

BAKU, 3 March 2020 – The Azerbaijani government approved the action plan on the prevention of gender-biased sex selection (GBSS) for the period of 2020-2025. The relevant decree to put the plan into the force was signed by the Cabinet of Ministers.

The action plan combines a series of important activities and measures to be implemented over the next five years by local authorities and institutions to address the phenomenon of son preference and promote the value of a girl child. Continue reading “Azerbaijan adopts action plan to combat gender-biased sex selection”

EU-funded study visit for Azerbaijan vocational education professionals to Estonia successfully concludes

Baku, 24 February 2020 – A delegation of representatives from the State Agency on Vocational Education of Azerbaijan, director of Woodpecker company from the private sector, Jalilabad Vocational Education Center teachers, private sector companies and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) concluded a successful one-week study visit to Estonia.  Continue reading “EU-funded study visit for Azerbaijan vocational education professionals to Estonia successfully concludes”

WHO supports train-the-trainer course on management of non-communicable diseases

BAKU, 21 February 2020 – A train-the-trainer course on management of non-communicable diseases in Primary Health Care (PHC), jointly organized by the World Health Organization and State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance, has been concluded today. Some 23 doctors and 23 nurses from 23 districts, where mandatory health insurance was applied at the first stage, attended the course. Continue reading “WHO supports train-the-trainer course on management of non-communicable diseases”

Ministry of Health and UNDP continue to procure medicines for the treatment of people living with Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 11 February 2020 – The Ministry of Health and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are continuing to work closely together to further strengthen Azerbaijan’s healthcare procurement system. Continue reading “Ministry of Health and UNDP continue to procure medicines for the treatment of people living with Hepatitis C, HIV and Tuberculosis in Azerbaijan”

WHO and Ministry of Health advice for international travel and trade concerning the outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus in China

On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia of unknown etiology was reported in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. On 9 January Chinese authorities reported in the media that the cause of this viral pneumonia was initially identified as a new type of coronavirus, which is different from any other human coronaviruses discovered so far. Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The clinical signs and symptoms of the patients reported in this cluster are mainly fever, with a few patients having difficulty in breathing, and chest radiographs showing bilateral lung infiltrates. From the currently available information, preliminary investigation suggests that there is no significant human-to-human transmission.

International travellers: practice usual precautions

While the cause of the pneumonia seems to be a novel coronavirus, transmission potential and modes of transmission remain unclear. Therefore, it would be prudent to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections while travelling in or from affected areas (currently Wuhan City) by:

  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections;
  • frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment;
  • avoiding close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals;
  • travellers with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands).

WHO does not recommend any specific health measures for travellers.

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