Source: International Rescue Committee |

25 Years Following the Beijing Platform for Action Finds Widening Gaps in Gender Equality for Women and Girls in Conflict Settings

Despite global gains, rates of school enrollment, literacy, access to birth certificates, and more are deteriorating among women and girls in conflict settings

A new analysis from the International Rescue Committee finds that women and girls living in large refugee-hosting countries have not experienced global rates of progress over the past 25 years; despite global gains, rates of school enrollment, literacy, access to birth certificates, and more are deteriorating among women and girls…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Deadly malaria and cholera outbreaks grow amongst refugees as COVID pandemic strains health systems, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Displaced and refugee families live together in small tents and makeshift homes and are confined together in small spaces without access to proper water, sanitation and hygiene

The International Rescue Committee is extremely concerned about the rise of infectious diseases alongside COVID-19. There is an increase in malaria and cholera cases compared to previous years due in part to COVID-related disruptions severely impeding diagnosis and treatment of the diseases, access to relief from floods as well as…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, causing the loss of lives and livelihoods and deepening existing inequalities that will make progress on the Goals even more difficult

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 could reverse decades of progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths, agencies warn

In May, initial modelling by Johns Hopkins University showed that almost 6,000 additional children could die per day due to disruptions due to COVID-19

With the number of under-five deaths at an all-time recorded low of 5.2 million in 2019, disruptions in child and maternal health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic are putting millions of additional lives at stake. The number of global under-five deaths dropped to its lowest point on record in…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

Wild polio wiped out in Africa with UK aid support

World Health Organization (WHO) announces the end of wild polio in Africa, marking a major step towards global eradication of the disease

UK efforts to stop wild polio in Africa have contributed to the continent being officially declared free from the disease, which can kill or maim children for life. Today’s announcement by the World Health Organization follows no new wild polio cases being registered across the continent for four years. Wild…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Global Polio Eradication Initiative Applauds WHO African Region for Wild Polio-Free Certification

Support from national governments and global donors critical to the region’s success against wild polio and must continue to achieve a polio-free world

Today, the Africa Regional Certification Commission certified the WHO African Region as wild polio-free after four years without a case. With this historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions – representing over 90% of the world’s population – are now free of the wild poliovirus, moving the world closer…

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Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - Africa: The Market Monitor

Food baskets were affected 'severely' in 20 countries in Q2-2020, during which the COVID-19 pandemic has played a major role

Highlights The costs of food baskets were affected 'severely' in 20 countries in Q2-2020, during which the COVID-19 pandemic has played a major role. Most notably, despite massive income losses, strong demand resulting from stockpiling in combination with disrupted trade flows led to steep increases in staple food prices in…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

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…

Source: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 situation updates for week 32

Most countries in the Region are in the community transmission phase

The coronavirus disease COVID-19 has been spreading for the past 6 months, and it continues to accelerate at regional and global levels. As of 8 August 2020, 19 187 943 cases and 716 075 associated deaths with a case-fatality rate (CFR) of 3.7% have been reported globally. The 22 countries…

Source: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 situation update for week 32 (2 – 8 August 2020)

Libya, Morocco and Oman had the largest relative increase in deaths

The coronavirus disease COVID-19 has been spreading for the past 6 months, and it continues to accelerate at regional and global levels. As of 8 August 2020, 19 187 943 cases and 716 075 associated deaths with a case-fatality rate (CFR) of 3.7% have been reported globally. The 22 countries…