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Coronavirus - Somalia: Ensuring dignity of the deceased and their families during COVID-19

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided about 1,000 body bags and some 5,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) to health authorities in Somalia

A surge in deaths from COVID-19 risks putting an extra burden on the health system to handle bodies properly. This risk can be diminished through adequate preparation and planning so that the dignity of the deceased and surviving family is respected. This includes properly identifying and documenting the dead and…

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Coronavirus - Central African Republic: Contending with COVID-19 in the midst of a serious humanitarian crisis

Staff in the four healthcare facilities in Bangui are being provided with additional handwashing stations, chlorine and gloves

The struggle against COVID-19 is intensifying against the background of the alarming spread of the disease in the Central African Republic (CAR). Although the number of recorded cases has exceeded 4,500, some people still do not believe that the disease exists, thus jeopardizing efforts to counter it. Complying with hygiene…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Sabha struggles with COVID-19 spread and economic fallout

Sabha has been in lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic; that means many people can’t go to work and earn a living

In Sabha Medical Centre in southern Libya, nurses are doing the job they were trained for, not letting conflict or coronavirus, deter them. Head nurse Fatima Amtir and her 16 colleagues have not left the centre since the first cases of VID-19 were confirmed in the city more than a…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Risk of undetected COVID-19 in camps for displaced

There are fears now that the virus will spread, undetected, among the crowded camps, where maintaining distance, sticking to hygiene rules, and staying healthy is a huge challenge

There have been an estimated 200,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 across Africa. The World Health Organisation believes the virus is accelerating across the continent, spreading out from densely populated urban areas. Cases have been rising in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, a city already disrupted by years of conflict, and struggling to…

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Coronavirus - Nigeria: Operational update on Monguno attack - 16 civilians evacuated to Maiduguri for surgical care

Treating mass casualties is more complicated amidst COVID-19 as hospital beds need to be spaced out to reduce the risk of spreading the disease

The attacks in Monguno and Nganzai in Nigeria’s Borno State on Saturday are the latest example of the deadly toll the conflict has on civilians. Dozens of people were killed and injured, many of them women and children, and humanitarian infrastructure was destroyed. The International Committee of the Red Cross…

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Coronavirus - Africa: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Most-neglected displacement/crisis countries in Africa

Violence in many parts of Africa has not stopped because of COVID-19

The Norwegian Refugee Council today highlighted countries with neglected displacement crises, a list that included several countries where the International Committee of the Red Cross also has deep concerns for people uprooted by violence: Patrick Youssef, ICRC’s incoming regional director for Africa: “Violence in many parts of Africa has not…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Facebook and Red Cross launch #AfricaTogether, a Campaign calling for vigilance against Covid-19

#AfricaTogether combines musical and comedy performances with information from Covid-19 first responders and fact-checkers from across Africa

Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether – a digital campaign and two-day festival on June 4th and 5th featuring artists from across Africa to encourage continued vigilance against Covid-19. With more than 100,000 Covid-19 cases confirmed on the continent and containment…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Jonglei State clashes leave hundreds dead and injured as COVID-19 reduces International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) surgical capacity by 30%

A South Sudan Red Cross volunteer and a nurse working for Médecins Sans Frontières were among those killed in the violence which broke out on May 16

An eruption of intercommunal violence in Jonglei State in northeastern South Sudan has left hundreds dead, many more injured and thousands displaced. COVID-19 restrictions make it far more difficult to evacuate the wounded by air and provide surgical care for trauma injuries. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Tens of thousands of people at-risk as COVID-19 reaches crowded Juba displacement camp

In Juba, the capital of South Sudan, nearly 30,000 people live side-by-side in a sprawling camp known as a “protection of civilian” (PoC) site

How can you observe physical distancing when you must fit three people under a mosquito net made for one person to protect yourself from malaria? In Juba, the capital of South Sudan, nearly 30,000 people live side-by-side in a sprawling camp known as a “protection of civilian” (PoC) site.  They…

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Coronavirus - Mali: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) response to COVID-19

Long before the declaration of the first positive cases in Mali, the ICRC delegation in Mali had undertaken several actions aimed at raising the awareness of as many people as possible

In Mali, the ICRC is adapting its activities to the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Observance of hygiene measures makes it possible to provide humanitarian aid to people victims of the armed conflict and other situations of violence while protecting them. Long before the declaration of the first positive cases…