Reporting Period: 14 May - 2 June 2020
After three months since the start of the pandemic, the West and Central Africa region has surpassed 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 1,000 deaths, a mortality rate of 2.3 per cent. Three of every five patients are still hospitalized.
The pandemic continues to spread with an average rate of 1,250 new cases per day over the last 7 days. Three countries have surpassed 5,000 confirmed cases: Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. The next highest caseloads include Senegal, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon.
UNFPA Country Offices continue strategic interventions, in collaboration with partners, to support government response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the region.
About 15,000 safe deliveries were recorded in UNFPA-supported facilities. These include 7,779 in Senegal, 3,647 in Benin, 2,588 in Togo and 818 in Sierra Leone.
Over 100,000 women and youth utilised integrated sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in UNFPA-support facilities in the region.
About 2,260 contact-tracers were trained and deployed with UNFPA support in Senegal (1,661), Liberia (447), Niger (92) and Cabo Verde (60).
TV5Monde reported a story on how UNFPA Liberia ensured a smooth recovery and safe pregnancy and delivery of a COVID-19-positive nurse.