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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security

Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season

Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing…

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    • A mother holds her 3-month-old baby as he receives a vaccination against measles at a health centre in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo)
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Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Coronavirus poses latest threat to battered health system in DR Congo

Strengthening the battered healthcare system in the DRC is vital to protect young lives

The looming threat of the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 is just the latest challenge to the beleaguered health care system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which is struggling with deadly measles and cholera epidemics that have killed thousands of children over the past year, the UN children’s…

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Coronavirus – Somalia: United Nations (UN) appeals to all Somalis to ‘come together’ in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

To reinforce federal and state level efforts to contain and curb the virus, the UN has established system-wide operating, medical and support procedures

Like most countries in the world, Somalia is facing the unparalleled challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations system in the country noted on Tuesday, calling on its citizens to “unite” in stemming the spread. “The UN family in Somalia stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Somalia during…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Peacekeeping radio stations provide COVID-19 information to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected countries

UN Peacekeeping currently has large, popular and trusted radio stations in four African countries

UN Peacekeeping radio stations have in recent decades helped build support for peace process in a dozen countries around the world including Cambodia, Croatia, Namibia and Timor-Leste. Today, these stations are playing another vital role – getting the word out to vulnerable communities in conflict-affected states about the coronavirus pandemic…

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Coronavirus – Somalia: Debt relief milestone in Somalia, as World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), call for global payment suspension in light of COVID-19

The development is welcome news for Somalia – which is carrying $5.2 billion of debt - as it prepares for one-person, one-vote elections later this year

The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated the Horn of Africa nation on Wednesday for achieving the benchmark set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), confirming its eligibility for debt relief. James Swan, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Somalia (UNSOM), said that by reaching…

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Coronavirus - Africa: UN launches major humanitarian appeal to keep COVID-19 from ‘circling back around the globe’

To confront the unprecedented worldwide challenge posed by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, top UN officials on Wednesday, launched a massive humanitarian appeal to mitigate its impact, particularly on fragile countries with weak health systems. At a joint virtual press briefing, Secretary-General António Guterres, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock, UN Children’s Fund…

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    • Edward Kallon (right), UN Resident-Coordinator in Nigeria; UNAIDS Country Director, Erasmus Morah (2nd right); and Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire (2nd left); and others attend a meeting in Lagos on the UN Nigeria response to COVID-19 pandemic (UNIC Lagos)
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Coronavirus – Nigeria: United Nations (UN) in Nigeria strengthens COVID-19 containment and care, mobilizes $2 million for key support to Government

Nigeria’s Minister for Health, Osagie Ehanire, thanked the United Nations system for its support

The United Nations system in Nigeria has mobilized $2 million to help the Government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and care for those in the West African country stricken by the virus. The funds – to be used to procure essential medical supplies – was announced by Edward Kallon, the…

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Coronavirus - Kenya: Water access critical to beating back COVID-19 spread in slum areas

UN-Habitat is based in Nairobi, home to the Kibera slum, where people live hand-to-mouth and water access points are hard to find

As regular hand washing is a key tool in combating COVID-19, the UN and its partners are taking steps to ensure people living in informal settlements have access to running water at this critical time, according to the agency working to achieve more sustainable cities. UN-Habitat said the impacts of the new coronavirus disease could be considerably…

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More Funding Needed to Combat Locust Swarms ‘Unprecedented in Modern Times’

The potential impact of locusts on a country that is still grappling with complex conflict, displacement, Ebola and measles outbreaks and food insecurity would be devastating

Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday, saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later.  The locust upsurge is “a graphic and shocking reminder” of the region’s…

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Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes

The Deputy Secretary-General is in Zimbabwe to attend the 6th Africa Regional Forum on sustainable development

Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, which United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mahommed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe. As global temperatures continue to rise and the world seeks solutions to stem the tide, the deputy UN chief visited Hwange…