Health

Trump administration cuts ties with WHO, an organization U.S. helped found

  The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations this week the United States is ending its membership in the World Health Organization. The announcement came the same day that  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director general, said the coronavirus is spreading rapidly with no end in sight. “The Administration’s move to formally withdraw from WHO amid the greatest public[Read More…]

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Morehouse School of Medicine receives $40 million grant to fight Covid-19

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health has awarded Morehouse School of Medicine a $40 million grant to fight Covid-19 in racial and ethnic minority and socially vulnerable communities. Morehouse, which is based in Atlanta, was awarded the grant as Florida, Texas, California and Arizona are experiencing a surge in[Read More…]

Substantial investment needed to avert a mental health crisis because of the pandemic

  The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for increased mental health services because of a massive increase in mental health challenges caused by social isolation, fear of contagion, and loss of family members, said Dr. Tedros Adhanon Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization. “The impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health is extremely concerning,” said Dr.[Read More…]

$420 million needed to implement Covid-19 strategy in Africa

  African Union will study Magadascar’s claim it has a herbal cure for Covid-19   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   Implementation of the Africa Continental Strategy on Covid-19, will cost $420 million over the next six months, said Moussa Faki Mahamat, commission chairperson of the African Union, which is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “The economic dimension aims to[Read More…]

The City of Angels flies in with free Covid-19 tests for all residents

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Los Angeles is living up to its name the “City of Angeles” after announcing that it will be the only American city to offer all residents free Covid-19 tests. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday that Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city with a population of more than 10 million, is now offering the tests[Read More…]

More than 10,000 have died in long-term care facilities from Covid-19

More than 10,000 men and women have died in the nation’s long-term care facilities from the coronavirus, Kaiser Family Foundation announced Thursday after analyzing state by state data. The number is an undercount because not all states are reporting the data. As of April 23, the largest number of death have occurred in several Northeastern states, including New York (3,505[Read More…]

Group calls for prison guards to wear protective gear

    By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice wants to require men and women who work in prisons and jails, immigration and juvenile detention centers to wear personal protective equipment to protect them and their families from the coronavirus. The recommended protective gear includes masks, gloves and head gear. There is also a[Read More…]

Atlanta mayor prohibits arrests of black men wearing protective masks to fight coronavirus

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued an executive order preventing the city’s police from arresting black men for wearing surgical masks over their nose and mouth to protect them from the coronavirus. Mayor Bottoms signed the order after reading a news article about a Walmart store security guard ordering two black men Diangelo Jackson and Jermon Best to leave[Read More…]