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Regional Director's statements

May

Statement by WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on regional solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic
20 May 2020

Statement on COVID-19 by WHO's Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari
12 May 2020

April

Statement by WHO's Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on our collective fight against COVID-19
28 April 2020

Statement by WHO's Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on Ramadan during the pandemic
22 April 2020

Statement by WHO's Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
16 Apirl 2020

Statement by the Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
2 Apirl 2020

March

Statement by the Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
27 March 2020

Statement by the Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
18 March 2020

Statement by Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
12 March 2020

Statement by the Regional Director Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari on COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean
3 March 2020

Regional news

May

Engaging young people in the response to COVID-19 in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region
May 2020

Statement by WHO’s Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean on COVID-19 in Yemen
2 May 2020

April

COVID-19 cases in Africa top 10 000
7 April 2020

March

WHO delegation concludes COVID-19 technical mission to Egypt
26 March 2020

WHO, Saudi Arabia join forces to fight COVID-19 nationally, regionally and globally
25 March 2020

WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region scales up preparedness for novel coronavirus
27 March 2020

January

WHO confirms first cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
29 January 2020

Country news

May

Early COVID-19 preparation saved lives in Iraq
31 May 2020

Training health workers to fight COVID-19 in Sudan
28 May 2020

Health care workers, a fragile health system and the looming spectre of COVID-19 in Yemen
27 May 2020

WHO conducts remote psychological first aid training in Iraq to address COVID-19 stigma and discriminatory behaviours
21 May 2020

WHO intensifies support to improve COVID-19 case management in Somalia
20 May 2020

An Egyptian doctor's experience of COVID-19
19 May 2020

Conflict-ridden Yemen faces unprecedented risk as COVID-19 starts to spread
13 May 2020

WHO is working with authorities to scale up COVID-19 response in Yemen
14 May 2020

WHO, IOM raise concern over COVID-19 discrimination against migrants in Yemen
10 May 2020

WHO and European Union unite to fight a common enemy to humanity
7 May 2020

Maintaining a steady state of low-level or no transmission of COVID-19 cases in Lebanon
8 May 2020

WHO Lebanon fighting COVID-19 through risk communication and community engagement
4 May 2020

Somalia’s polio teams help combat COVID-19
4 May 2020

WHO delivers medicines for "Solidarity" clinical trials in Islamic Republic of Iran
3 May 2020

In Islamic Republic of Iran, volunteers join battle against COVID-19
3 May 2020

Keeping vigilant for COVID-19 in Libya
2 May 2020

April

Pakistan’s launches COVID-19 preparedness and response plan
27 April 2020

WHO welcomes a contribution from the Government of France to help tackle COVID-19 in Libya
27 April 2020

WHO welcomes Republic of Korean support to Pakistan to combat COVID-19
25 April 2020

WHO provides support to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 to limit community transmission
23 April 2020

As Somalia braces to effectively respond to COVID-19 outbreak, life-saving essential health care services are scaled up
23 April 2020

Somalia rolls out EWARN as surveillance for COVID-19 increases
23 April 2020

WHO provides Iranian hospitals with vital equipment for COVID-19 treatment
22 April 2020

WHO provides medical supplies and equipment to the Ministry of Health of Kurdistan to fight COVID-19
19 April 2020

COVID-19 medical supply cargo for Afghanistan arrives at Hamid Karzai International Airport
13 April 2020 

Ministry of Health in Aden confirms the first case of COVID-19 in Yemen
10 April 2020

WHO commends efforts of Iraq Supreme Seminary and urges citizens to follow health measures to save lives
9 April 2020

World Bank and WHO scaling up readiness and response to COVID-19 in Yemen
6 April 2020

Iraq produces COVID-19 laboratory supplies to more rapidly test cases
5 April 2020

WHO continues to support the fight against coronavirus in Syria
2 April 2020

COVID-19 response guidelines
2 April 2020

The fight to contain COVID-19 in Iraq
1 April 2020

WHO collaboration in Oman’s response to COVID-19
April 2020

As cases of COVID-19 increase in Somalia, operational readiness also scaled up to early detect and respond to community transmission
April 2020

March

COVID-19 response across Afghanistan
31 March 2020

Iraq reports a noticeable increase in COVID-19 cases since February
30 March 2020

WHO delivers new shipment of medical supplies for COVID-19 response in Islamic Republic of Iran
23 March 2020

Djibouti joins global action to prevent COVID-19 as first case is confirmed in the country
18 March 2020

UNSMIL appeals for ceasefire to strengthen COVID-19 response
18 March 2020

WHO technical mission visits Iraq to step up COVID-19 detection and response activities
15 March 2020 

WHO and public health experts conclude COVID-19 mission to Islamic Republic of Iran
12 March 2020

WHO team arrives in Tehran to support the COVID-19 response
12 March 2020

WHO scales-up support to COVID-19 reference hospital in Islamabad as three more cases are confirmed in Pakistan
5 March 2020

WHO combats misinformation circulating on COVID-19
5 March 2020

COVID-19 preventive measures during mass gatherings discussed with religious leaders and health officials in Iraq
3 March 2020

WHO extends support to Pakistan as it confirms its first two cases of COVID-19
1 March 2020

February

WHO team assesses preparedness activities at the Rafic El Hariri International Airport
27 February 2020