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Direitos Humanos / 20/03/2021

UN: In Guinea-Bissau, female leadership scores against pandemic

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UN: In Guinea-Bissau, female leadership scores against pandemic


Former Minister of Guinea-Bissau, Magda Robalo, talks about the local management of Covid-19 in series on female leadership

In the month of women, this year, in a context of struggle against Covid-19. The disease has already killed more than 2.5 million people worldwide.

In Guinea-Bissau, the number of cases is 3,301. Of the total, 591 are active and 49 dead. Efforts to fight the pandemic in the African nation are led by the epidemiologist, Magda Nely Robalo Silva.

UN: Female leadership marks points in combating pandemic in Guinea-Bissau

The high commissioner for Covid-19 spoke to UN News about the importance of female leadership in responding to the coronavirus. "Like the rest of the world, the fight against the disease has not been easy in the country," she reported.

She highlighted the reduction in transmission so that the end of the curfew, which led to reopening schools and commerce. "With that, we were able to reach December with a very low transmission rate, leading to a normal life," she underlined.


Magda Robalo attributed the merit of the achievements that also include the mobilization of vaccines to the entire “hardworking, dedicated and competent team”. The workforce also includes increased testing capacity and oxygen supply.

"Being a country with many challenges, the difficulties are greater and the goal now is to control the second wave," she said. The authorities in Guinea-Bissau have declared a state of calamity until next March 25.

To mark this International Women's Day, UN News holds a special on female leadership and the role of women on the front lines of the fight against Covid-19.

In addition to Magda Robalo, the special brings health professionals, authorities and leaders in Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, Timor-Leste, Portugal and other Portuguese-speaking nations.

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