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It’s okay to prioritize your mental health needs: Normalizing and supporting mental health interventions for healthcare workers in Vietnam

Huong T. Chu, Senior Project Officer, Coordination and Knowledge Rachel S. Coley, Technical Advisor & Project Manager, EpiC Vietnam Dr. Lopa Basu, Senior HIV and TB Advisor, USAID/Vietnam Featured Image: Dr. Duong Duy Khoa spoke about his own mental health challenges while working in the COVID-19 frontline response during an EpiC-supported webinar. “[After some time …

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Liquid oxygen systems breathe new life into health facilities in Vietnam

Huong T. Chu, Senior Project Officer, Coordination & Knowledge Rachel S. Coley, Technical Advisor & Project Manager, EpiC Vietnam When the COVID-19 Delta variant arrived in Vietnam last summer, more than 18 months of successful measures to reduce transmission, including mask use and social distancing, failed to contain it. Hospitals quickly became overwhelmed with critical …

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Africans leading research effort to control HIV and COVID-19 in Africa: INTEREST 2022

Carolyne A. Akello, FHI 360Christopher Akolo, FHI 360Timothy Mastro, FHI 360 This post was first published on FHI 360's R&E Search for Evidence. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to 25.3 million (67%) of the global total of 37.7 million people living with HIV infection (UNAIDS 2021). To control the epidemic in Africa, it is essential that …

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COVID-19 clinical updates for global practice: A webinar series

The USAID and PEPFAR-supported Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project; Reaching Impact, Saturation and Epidemic Control (RISE) project; and Sustaining Technical and Analytical Resources (STAR) project are hosting a webinar series, COVID-19 clinical updates for global practice. Webinar resources are provided in the links below. Webinar 1: Review of oral therapeutics for COVID-19 …

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Expanding COVID-19 vaccination coverage among key populations and people living with HIV

The USAID- and PEPFAR-supported Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project hosted a webinar in a series on topics related to HIV prevention, care, and treatment for key populations—sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender people, and people who inject drugs. As COVID-19 vaccine availability improves in low- and middle-income countries, there …

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Strengthening oxygen ecosystems during the COVID-19 pandemic

The USAID-supported Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project hosted a webinar on strategies for improving access to medical oxygen and strengthening national oxygen ecosystems. Oxygen is a life-saving commodity in the fight against COVID-19. The historically short supply of oxygen in low- and middle-income countries has been exacerbated by the global pandemic, along …

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Expanding access to COVID-19 vaccines in Botswana via drive-through sites and mobile outreach

Andrea Surette, FHI 360Virginia Letsatsi-Modise, FHI 360Kabelo Poloko, FHI 360 Since October 2021, the USAID-funded Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) project in Botswana partnered with the country’s Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) to reach more than 23,457 people with COVID-19 vaccinations at drive-through sites, project-supported clinics, and government health facilities, and through …

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Strengthening case management and critical care during public health emergencies in Nigeria: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Bridget Akudo Nwagbara, FHI 360Immaculata Amadi, FHI 360Benmun Damul, FHI 360Andrea Surette, FHI 360 The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of improved case management and critical care, and the Government of Nigeria responded with increased investments. The United States Government (USG), through the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC) …

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Nepal’s first Omicron cases identified after genome sequencing support from USAID’s EpiC project

Bhagawan Shrestha, Country Director, FHI 360 Nepal Rajesh Khanal, Project Director-EpiC, FHI 360 NepalAndrea Surette, Technical Advisor, FHI 360Saroj Dhakal, Team Leader, COVID-19 ResponseSanjeet Pandit, Laboratory Specialist, FHI 360 Nepal On December 5, 2021, Nepal’s National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) identified the country’s first two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in patients who …

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