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COVID-19 and UCIS, Colombia, environmental education… Wednesday’s news

ByMicheal Johnson

May 12, 2021

The UCIS of the Americas are overwhelmed

About 80% of intensive care units in the American continent are occupied by patients with COVID-19, reported this Wednesday the Pan American Health Organization which also warned about the lack of doctors and nurses in those units and about a problem of lack of oxygen.

We listened to the Director General of the Organization, Dr. Carissa Etienne.

“In Chile and Peru, 95% of ICU beds are occupied, the majority by COVID patients. Buenos Aires, where 96% of ICU beds are in use, has just tightened restrictions to prevent the collapse of hospitals. In some areas of Brazil there are waiting lists for ICU beds ”, he warned.

Based on the way the coronavirus is spreading, the Organization estimates that it will need 20,000 doctors and more than 30,000 nurses to meet the ICU needs of only half of the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the same time, he warned that vital supplies for the treatment of the disease, such as oxygen, “are being dangerously depleted.”

A normal COVID patient may need up to 300,000 liters of oxygen during a 20-day hospital stay, and those admitted to intensive care units typically need twice as much.

UNICEF / Jose Vilca

Older people began receiving COVID-19 vaccines in Lima, Peru, in late March 2021.

A group of experts appointed by the World Health Organization He called on the international community on Wednesday to end the COVID-19 pandemic by immediately applying a series of recommendations aimed at redistributing, financing and increasing the availability and manufacturing capacity of vaccines, and for them to be applied urgently public health measures of proven efficacy in all countries.

The Panel also recommends that national governments and the international community immediately adopt a set of reforms to transform the global pandemic preparedness and response system and prevent a future pandemic.

The Group’s co-chair, the former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said that “our message is simple and clear: the current system has not protected us from the COVID-19 pandemic” and added that “if we do not act to change it now, it will not protect us from the next pandemic threat, which could happen at any time. “

Recommendations indicate that high-income countries with sufficient vaccine stockpiles for adequate coverage should commit to providing at least 1 billion doses of vaccines by September 2021 to the 92 participating low- and middle-income countries in the COVAX mechanism, promoted by the Alliance for Vaccines, Gavi.


UN Verification Mission in Colombia.

The Security Council extends the mandate of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia

The Security Council The UN Council adopted a resolution on Tuesday in which it decided to extend the mandate of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia until October 31, 2021.

The resolution expands the Mission’s mandate to include monitoring compliance with the judgments issued by the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

The Jurisdiction is the judicial component of the transitional justice system established by the Final Agreement for the Termination of the Conflict and the Construction of a Stable and Lasting Peace of 2016 between the government of Colombia and the former rebel group Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia-Ejército del People (FARC-EP), and is empowered to pass sentences against those who acknowledge their responsibility for the crimes committed during the conflict.

UNICEF / Mungunkhishig Batbaatar

A boy waiting for the bus to go to school in the Mongolian city of Songinokhairkhan, where high levels of air pollution are dangerous.

Environmental education does not reach schools

UNESCO today called on all countries to include environmental education as a central component of their educational plans from now until 2025.

A new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization highlights that more than half of the curricular frameworks of some 50 countries in all regions of the world do not contain any reference to climate change and that only 19% talk about biodiversity.

The study was published ahead of the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, to be held online from Berlin, Germany, May 17-19.

During these three days, the optimal ways to take advantage of education to face interconnected global challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, green and circular economies, technological advancement and building resilient relationships with the planet will be sought. through education.

All participants will also be asked to commit to the Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development, which will outline a series of policies covering teaching, learning, vocational training and civic engagement.