Source: Action Against Hunger - ACF-UK |

Coronavirus: Somalia braces for COVID-19 pandemic

The country’s already-strained health system could be pushed to the brink if the coronavirus hits vulnerable communities

As the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelms countries with strong health care systems, Somalia – already reeling from the cumulative effects of multiple recent shocks – is preparing for the worst. The country has experienced conflict, drought, floods, a locust invasion, all in the last nine months. For many of the tens…

Source: Save the Children |

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Coronavirus threatens nearly 4 million already-vulnerable children in South Sudan

The government of South Sudan has acted quickly to put in place measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Over 2.5 million children[1] already in need of humanitarian protection will be vulnerable to further illness, food insecurity and violence if the COVID-19 situation worsens in South Sudan, warns Save the Children. The second case of COVID-19 was confirmed in South Sudan on April 7, and while no further cases have…

Source: Save the Children |

Coronavirus - Africa: Alarm grows in Africa as continent records its 10,000th case of COVID-19

Children and their families across Africa have already been struggling through a decade of climate shocks and regular food crisis

Some of the most vulnerable children and their families across Africa who depend on the informal economy for their livelihoods are and will increasingly be impacted by measures designed to stop the spread of COVID-19, Save the Children is warning, as the number of people on the continent infected with…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Basic Education and The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) launch Coronavirus COVID-19 TV and radio curriculum support programmes for learners

Learners are encouraged to check their local listings for the exact slots for radio

The SABC and the Department of Basic Education have launched a multi-media learner support initiative under the banner: COVID-19 Learner Support aimed at limiting the impact of the lockdown to the school calendar. The initiative is part of the broader efforts to prevent a total loss of school year since…

Ministry of Health, Kenya
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Coronavirus – Kenya: COVID-19 Sensitization at Embu Town Children Rescue Centre

Chief Public Health Promotion Officer, Embu takes lead in COVID-19 sensitization at Embu town children rescue centre. Key health issues addressed included importance of hand hygiene, social distancing & menstrual hygiene for girls. #KomeshaCorona

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Sudan: Hand-washing More Accessible to COVID-19 Vulnerable Homeless in Khartoum

Safe access to clean water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is critical to prevent the spread of coronavirus

Twenty portable handwashing facilities are now accessible for homeless persons in seven locations in the Sudanese capital as part of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) emergency response to COVID-19. The initiative developed in close coordination with Sudan’s Khartoum State Ministries of Social Development and of Health responds to the…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Debbie Schäfer: Reading and educational activities during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

Statement by Minister Debbie Schäfer Western Cape Minister of Education

Quality reading @home (Part 3) If I were put on the spot and asked one very simple question: “What is the best education activity a parent can do during lockdown with their children?”, my answer would confidently be: “READING”. The ability to read and write is the foundation on which…

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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

The COVID-19 pandemic is now further aggravating what is already a complex mix of crises

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned more lives are at a risk in Burkina Faso’s Centre…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: Nigeria Education Sector COVID19 Response Strategy in North East

The Nigeria Cluster is coordinated centrally by a team of experienced coordination specialists

Education Sector Coordination The Nigeria Cluster is coordinated centrally by a team of experienced coordination specialists. The team consists of Sector Coordinators from both sector Lead Agencies, UNICEF and Save the Children, as well as an Information Management Officer seconded from IMMAP to UNICEF. The EiEWGN team is responsible for…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - Africa: World Food Programme (WFP) COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report #05, 06 April 2020

12 million children supported by WFP school meal programmes are affected by school closures

It is vital at this time of global crisis that WFP maintain its food and cash-based assistance programmes which offer a lifeline to 87 million vulnerable people around the world. WFP is appealing to government partners to accelerate an estimated US$ 1.9 billion of contributions to enable the urgent procurement…