IFRC, UNICEF and WHO, in close coordination with GOARN and support from Bill Gates
WHO has delivered additional medicines to the Islamic Republic of Iran as part of the Solidarity Trial, a
global effort to find an effective treatment for COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered additional medicines to the Islamic Republic of Iran for its participation in the Solidarity Trial, a global effort to find an effective treatment for COVID-19.
Many partners have been working closely with WHO from the beginning of the response, both at
WHO headquarters and in the field. UNICEF, IFRC, US CDC, and OCHA are major partners embedded in
the global COVID-19 incident management team in Geneva, and are supporting all pillars of response.
127 Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are registered in the Global Classification
(https://extranet.who.int/emt/) of which 29 are already classified and 98 under the classification
process. To date, a total of 19 EMTs have been deployed internationally and another 36 EMTs are
supporting national operations in the response to COVID-19, providing support to 15 countries.
As of 27 April 2020, EMT operations have significantly increased in Africa -the region with the most
international operations, followed by the European Region. In particular, large EMTs have been
deployed to Italy, Cambodia, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. 58 training sessions have been conducted with
more than 3100 front line responders trained.
Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners are: supporting risk assessment and
strategic and operational planning; and providing technical advice across all health operation pillars,
particularly clinical management, IPC, laboratory and risk communication and community engagement
As of 4 May 2020, 400 offers of support have been received from GOARN partners. This includes a
large express of interest from “One Health” partners, particularly from theSouth-East Asia and the
Western PacificRegions. Current support includes missions to Ethiopia, São Tomé and Príncipe,
Tajikistan, and Timor-Leste.
Esri, the global leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, is providing a free and
comprehensive ArcGIS package to all GOARN partners and ministries of health to support the COVID19 response. WHO and GOARN partners are working to facilitate online ArcGIS training to build and
improve the operational capacity of partners. WHO is assessing GIS training needs and capacity among
Asia and Africa RCCE regional coordination groups are triangulating operational social science data,
including community feedback data, sentiments and perception analysis and online data mining. This
will better inform decision-making and community engagement strategies. The goal is to progressively
connect partners collecting data into a more comprehensive and coordinated reporting and
monitoring system available to all. At regional and global level RCCE teams are exploring the
development of interagency dashboards for visualizing data to better inform operational response
IFRC, UNICEF and WHO, in close coordination with GOARN and support from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, are working towards the establishment of a RCCE Global Collective Service to assist
the public health and humanitarian response. This will build on the existing coordination efforts
towards providing global, regional and country support across to the health and humanitarian
In RCCE, the focus area this week includes:
• Post lockdown engagement of communities including on reopening of schools, handwashing
campaign and engagement with faith-based organizations on religious festivals including
• Compilation of tips on community of engagement in low resource settings developed and
disseminated among partners, offering good practice examples and innovative outreach
• Community engagement data is being triangulated in the group to better utilize and inform
IMST decision making:
o Exploring regional interagency dashboards for CE data to better inform operational
o Rumour monitoring ongoing among partners like Internews. The goal is to better
connect partners collecting data into a more comprehensive reporting and monitoring
system available to all.
• Proactive WHO and UNICEF engagement with faith-based organizations is being undertaken to
ensure that religious events and customs are aligned with the infection prevention and control
principles of this outbreak response.
On the occasion of World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May, UNICEF is mobilizing global RCCE partners to
scale-up handwashing outreach for COVID-19 prevention and Operationalization of the interim
recommendations on obligatory hand hygiene against transmission of COVID-19.
Situation in numbers (by WHO Region)
Total (new cases in last 24 hours)
Globally 3 435 894 cases(86 108) 239 604 deaths (976)
Africa 30 536 cases(1098) 1085 deaths(21)
Americas 1 433 756cases(49115) 77 827 deaths(-582)
Eastern Mediterranean 206 299 cases(5690) 7971 deaths (100)
Europe 1 544 145 cases(25250) 143 987 deaths (1320)
South-East Asia 67 673 cases(3626) 2463 deaths (88)
Western Pacific 152 773 cases(1329) 6258 deaths (29)