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…

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continues to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen despite COVID-19 constraints

More than 240,000 hectares treated and 740 personnel trained in affected countries since January 2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN is continuing its efforts to contain the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa despite restrictions on the movement of personnel and equipment resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Desert Locust upsurge continues to remain alarming, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, where…

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…

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

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: Bizcommunity |

The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down

Bizcommunity’s essential daily business-to-business information provides a snapshot overview of 19 industry sectors that helps companies keep a virtual presence alive

In true South African spirit, even in times of adversity, daily stories of generosity and ingenuity abound. Never have we been more proud of how business communities are using our publishing platforms than since the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Recent comments from UK press (https://bit.ly/3aPhB6T) referring to South Africa’s 'formidable leadership'…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Coronavirus - Tanzania: Floods in Lindi - Emergency Plan of Action Operation Update 2, Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)

Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) through this DREF operation, is responding to flood affected families in Lindi region, South East Tanzania

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: This Operation Update No.2 reports on the detailed assessment, seeks to extend the timeframe by two months (for a total of 6 months). Indeed, with support from the deployed surge, the detailed assessments planned in Operation Update 1 has now…

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

Coronavirus - Somalia: Critical juncture to curb spread of COVID-19 and save lives

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country

Somalia is at a critical juncture where immediate action can still curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the impact that the virus could have on communities weakened by violence and conflict, where displacement, malnutrition, and outbreaks…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank celebrates milestone with first social bond listing on London Stock Exchange

Record-breaking $3 billion Fight Covid-19 social bond launches on LSE: a first for the Bank

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) “Fight Covid-19” social bond, the largest social bond to date to be issued in the capital markets, listed on London Stock Exchange on Friday 3 April 2020, and is now available through its Sustainable Bond Market. The listing marks an important milestone as the Bank…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Largest ever agreement with Norwegian Church Aid to fight Poverty

The agreement provides a total of NOK 1.75 billion over five years to support Norwegian Church Aid’s sustainable development work in sub-Saharan Africa

Norwegian Church Aid has signed an agreement of record size with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The agreement provides a total of NOK 1.75 billion over five years to support Norwegian Church Aid’s sustainable development work in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the world. ‘Norwegian Church Aid has…

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Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Government, UN launch a US$715m humanitarian response plan for 2020

The Humanitarian Response Plan will play a key role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting those most vulnerable in communities in Zimbabwe

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Zimbabwe was launched today, targeting 5.6 million people with food assistance and support in the areas of health, water-sanitation-hygiene, education, protection, nutrition, shelter, and camp coordination and management. The plan requests for a total of US$715 million from international community. The Humanitarian Response Plan…