Publications by authors named "Virginia Quaresima"

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The neglected role of Faith-based Organizations in prevention and control of COVID-19 in Africa.

Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2020 10;114(10):784-786

Centre for Multidisciplinary Research in Health Science, University of Milan, Via Francesco Sforza 35, 20122, Milan, Italy.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed health system weaknesses of economically wealthy countries with advanced technologies. COVID-19 is now moving fast across Africa where small outbreaks have been reported so far. There is a concern that with the winter transmission will grow rapidly. Despite efforts of African Governments to promptly establish mitigating measures, rural areas, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, risk being neglected. In those settings, faith-based and other non-governmental organizations, if properly equipped and supported, can play a crucial role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We describe our experience in two rural health facilities in eSwatini and Ethiopia highlighting the struggle towards preparedness and the urgency of international support to help prevent a major public health disaster.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/traa073DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7499790PMC
October 2020

The prospects for the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Africa.

EMBO Mol Med 2020 06 5;12(6):e12488. Epub 2020 May 5.

Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit, Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese government officially announced the identification of a new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) as the etiological cause of a severe acute respiratory syndrome in Wuhan city, Hubei Province. Over the next weeks, SARS-CoV-2 caused a global pandemic as officially declared by the WHO on March 11, 2020, with confirmed cases and deaths in more than 166 countries. We are experiencing a worldwide phenomenon of unprecedented social and economic consequences. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, there have been fears that the epidemic could strongly impact weaker healthcare systems in poor-resource settings, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The 2 million Chinese nationals that live and work in Africa could potentially contribute to the spread of COVID-19 on the continent.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.15252/emmm.202012488DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7235494PMC
June 2020