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Coronavirus: Breastfeeding link to COVID-19 is negligible, says World Health Organization

Risk of COVID-19 infection from breastfeeding is negligible and has never been documented, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, in a call for greater support for practice

The appeal, during World Breastfeeding Week, comes as WHO warned that not using mother’s milk is linked to 820,000 child deaths a year, at a cost to the global economy of $300 billion. “WHO has been very clear in its recommendations to say absolutely breastfeeding should continue,” said Dr. Laurence Grummer-Strawn, head of the World Health…

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Coronavirus: Across Sudan, heavy rains and flash floods destroy houses, wash away crops – UN relief wing

The heavy rainfall has also increased the risk of disease outbreaks and could pose obstacles to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported According to an update issued by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday, Khartoum, Blue Nile and River…

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Coronavirus: Breastfeeding ‘for a healthier planet’

During the pandemic, UNICEF and WHO, in line with the policy actions advocated by the UNICEF-WHO-led Global Breastfeeding Collective, are calling on governments

World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling - a critical component of breastfeeding support.…

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Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe - World Food Programme (WFP)

The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe

The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday. In an appeal for an additional $250 million to support emergency relief for…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: Frontline resilience in Somalia

One hundred thousand households in Somaliland in northwest Somalia have better access to water, protecting them not just from the ravages of climate change but also against the spread of COVID-19, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme. Some 70 per cent of Somalis live from agriculture…

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Coronavirus: World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

Staying true to the 2030 Agenda also means reimagining the way people work, learn, live and consume, and listening to young people, who are demanding justice and equality

The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment in public services, showing solidarity on financing, and “reshaping” how people work, learn, live and consume. “We can turn this around,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday

The alert from the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), coincides with ongoing conflict and disasters on the continent, and severe underfunding for their work. “While the situation continues to deteriorate for everyone, the disaster is magnified for refugees who have absolutely nothing to cushion their…

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Coronavirus: Reggae classic ‘One Love’ re-issued to help children upended by COVID crisis

The fundraising initiative comes as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes in the next six months

The iconic Bob Marley song One Love is to be re-released with the blessing of the musician’s family to support children whose lives have been upended by COVID-19, the UN said on Thursday. The fundraising initiative comes as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that an additional 6,000 children could…

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Coronavirus - Africa: What will power the post-pandemic global economic recovery?

Mauritius, for example, is planning to generate over a third of its electricity from renewable sources within the next five years

Islands at the forefront Some of the countries and regions at the forefront of this wholescale shift to renewables are islands, where the need to avoid the significant cost of importing fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, provides added motivation.  Mauritius, for example, is planning to generate over a…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: COVID-19 slows pace of reform, exacerbates fragile security situation

The situation in parts of Ituri province, which borders South Sudan and Uganda, has taken a grave turn for the worse in recent months

The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is asking the Security Council for its continued support as the mission adds the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do list, while also dealing with a fragile security situation in the east of the country. Leila Zerrougui made the…