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Central African Republic: ICRC condemns attack on its Bouar office and calls for humanitarian workers to be respected

During the night of 27 December, armed individuals broke into the ICRC's premises in Bouar

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been forced to drastically reduce its humanitarian activities in Bouar in Nana-Mambéré prefecture after its office was raided. Some ICRC staff will be moved to other locations in the Central African Republic until security in the town can be restored. During…

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Nigeria: Sharp increase in food prices caused by COVID-19 raises fear of hunger

Number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program grew by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases rose by 10%

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has seen an increase in malnutrition rates among children in nutrition centres it supports in Nigeria. The number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program grew by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases rose by 10%, compared to the…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Depression, anxiety common as huge gaps remain in mental health care

More than one person in five in conflict-affected areas lives with some form of mental health problems

As October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, an untold number of people in South Sudan are struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems caused by conflict and violence and not receiving the support they need, especially in rural areas, either because services are not available or because…

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Coronavirus: What is the humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID did not spread out as quickly and was not as deadly in Africa as elsewhere

On 15 September, ICRC Africa deputy regional director Linh Schroeder gave evidence to the UK International Development Committee as part of a panel of humanitarians. Linh was joined by Selena Victor, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at Mercy Corps and Kate White, Medical Emergency Manager and COVID-19 medical technical…

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Central Sahel: Spike in violence leads to higher deaths, more than 1 million fleeing homes

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently allocated an additional 12 million Swiss francs (about $13.2 million) to its operational budget for the Sahel region

Increasing violence in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger has led to a 62 percent spike in deaths and more than a million[1] people being forced to flee their homes over the last year. This rise in fighting is jeopardizing access to basic services, including health care, and affecting a fragile…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) donates medical, non-medical items to 11 places of detention

The ICRC also supplied a large quantity of medical waste bins, hygienic items, disposable cups, wheelchairs, stretchers, examination couches and safety boxes

The ICRC donated medical and non-medical items to 11 places of detention throughout six regions in support of the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in prisons. Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), consisting of 27, 550 surgical and respiratory masks, 17,600 gloves, close to 2,000 gowns, surgical caps and aprons, were…

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Coronavirus - Mozambique: Families fleeing attacks seek shelter in COVID-19 hotspot; Country’s largest treatment centre opens today

The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Pemba, one of Mozambique’s most concerning virus epicentres, is very real

Attacks on towns and villages in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado have intensified, forcing thousands of people to flee by foot, boat or road to the provincial capital, a COVID-19 hotspot where the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) helped build the country’s largest treatment centre that opens…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Sharp Decline in Primary Health Care Visits and Childhood Vaccinations During COVID-19 Pandemic as Infectious Diseases Surge

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has documented seven times more cases of suspected AWD than possible COVID-19 cases in the last two months

Primary health care visits and vaccination coverage have sharply declined in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, raising concerns that diseases such as respiratory infections, measles, and acute watery diarrhea (AWD) as well as malnutrition could be going untreated, all while floods have forced tens of thousands of people from their…

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Coronavirus: South Sudan operational update - Violence, floods leave thousands homeless and at-risk of malnutrition and disease

Heavy flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more difficult for humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance

Recent armed violence in Jonglei State and Greater Pibor Administrative Area has forcibly uprooted thousands of people from their homes and left entire areas without access to medical care, while heavy flooding and the COVID-19 pandemic have made it more difficult for humanitarian organizations to deliver assistance. The International Committee…

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Coronavirus - Africa: How is COVID-19 affecting the communities in which we work?

Many of these businesses ground to a halt because of COVID-19

Coronavirus is aecting us all, in the UK and around the world. But not always equally. This is how COVID-19 is aecting the people we work with People who've fled conflict Aishatu, a 38-year-old widow, shares a four-by-six metres hut with her 10 children. "I heard that I should avoid…