Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

New study reveals economic toll of malnutrition to the Gambia's economy

Malnutrition rates are in decline and the country is on target to meet the government’s National Development Programme’s nutrition target of reducing stunting to 12.5 percent

The economy of The Gambia is losing 3.96 billion Gambian Dalasi (US$83 million) a year – about 5.1 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study released in Banjul today. The multi-agency Cost of Hunger in Africa…

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    • IOM staff in South Sudan prepare clothing and household items for distribution to survivors of the January 22 attack on the town of Kolom that claimed the lives of 33 people and forced thousands of others to flee to neighbouring Abyei town. Photo: IOM 2020
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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Missions in South Sudan and Sudan ramp up Humanitarian Support to families following attacks in Abyei

A rapid interagency assessment conducted on 24 January revealed that nearly 4,000 people fled to Abyei town

At least 33 people, including women and children, were killed and an unknown number wounded during the attack in Kolom, nine kilometres from Abyei town last Wednesday. It is reported that an unknown number of children were abducted during the incident. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life as a consequence of…

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    • UN OCHA/Giles Clarke - Boys play in a waterhole near the town of Kaya in northern Burkina Faso
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Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike in armed conflict and insecurity in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike…

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

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee as refugees into neighbouring Chad since last month

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. Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

European Investment Bank and UNICEF partner to help improve access to quality education and protect children from climate change

Pilot projects will soon be initiated in countries across Europe, Central Asia and Southern and Eastern Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and UNICEF today announced a new partnership aimed at increasing access to quality education and reducing the impact of climate change on children. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by EIB Group President Werner Hoyer and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, the two institutions…

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Handover ceremony of Japanese-Funded project “The Project for Improvement for the Educational Environment at Manhanga Primary School in Kariba District”

Mr Kasahara said that he expected the children of Zimbabwe, who Japan is assisting this time, to help the children of Japan in the future

Manhanga Primary School in Kariba District now has a greatly improved educational environment thanks to funding from Japan. On 21 January, the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Kenichi Kasahara, attended the handover ceremony of newly completed facilities, including three classroom blocks, a teacher’s house with solar power, and a fence.…

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    • From left to right Zam Zam Founder, Yusuf Nessary and Deputy Governor of Machakos County, Eng. Francis Maliti at Mukalala Village where Machakos County, Paxful and Zam Zam Water are building an ECD school to improve access to quality education centers. The initiative is part of the broader programme #BuiltWithBitcoin that was created with the primary goal of promoting philanthropy and charity within the cryptocurrency industry
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Paxful announces a third school to be #BuiltWithBitcoin

Bitcoin Marketplace Pledges $30,000 and Launches Crypto Community Call-To-Action

 Paxful, a global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace (, announced today that they will be building a third school in its 100-school initiative to bring quality education centers to emerging countries throughout Africa. The third school, which will come fully equipped with a state-of-the-art water well system, will be built in Machakos…

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

Mainstreaming Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Education sector

A follow up meeting at the Ministry of Education in Tripoli is scheduled early in February for the formal launch of the national multidisciplinary team

UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Education, held last week the first set of workshops and trainings on ‘Mainstreaming Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in public schools in Libya’. It gathered 17 representatives of several ministries and government entities, Academics and civil society actors. Comprising around 40 percent of…

Source: Ambassade des États-Unis en Cote d'Ivoire |

Return to Care Campaign (RTC)

The PEPFAR Côte d’Ivoire interagency team launched the Return to Care (RTC) campaign

The PEPFAR Côte d’Ivoire interagency team launched the Return to Care (RTC) campaign on Tuesday, 7 January through Thursday, 9 January by training USG interagency and site personnel on patient tracking tools, standard operating procedures, etcetera to be used at 31 high priority sites in Abidjan by site personnel. Over…

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New Cooperation Agreement among East, Horn of Africa States address Overseas Worker Exploitation

Representatives also agreed to form a Regional Ministerial Labour and Social Protection Forum, with a rotational chairmanship

The rescue last week of roughly 100 children and young Ugandan women here as they prepared to fly to United Arab Emirates to labour as domestic workers, reinforces the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) recent assessment that human trafficking has become a menace in East Africa over…