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

Coronavirus - South Sudan: Time is now to avert the worst in the fight against COVID-19

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is putting infection prevention and control measures in place in the three hospitals and 36 primary health care centres

South Sudan has a critical window in which actions can be taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 and avert the worst. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) fears that if the virus takes hold it could be particularly devastating to communities already suffering from years of war…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) drives Sub-Saharan Africa toward First Recession in 25 Years

The analysis shows that COVID-19 will cost the region between $37 billion and $79 billion in output losses for 2020 due to a combination of effects

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1 to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in the region over the past 25 years, according to the latest Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s twice-yearly…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Libya: Over 200,000 Libyans Displaced Amid Fighting as COVID-19 Threat Increases

The security situation is increasing humanitarian needs and making it more difficult for aid workers to reach vulnerable populations

More than 200,000 people have been displaced in the year since conflict reignited in Libya according to new data compiled by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Tripoli accounts for approximately 150,000 of recorded new displacements, but people were also forced to leave their homes in other conflict-affected areas in…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Coronavirus - Sahel: Statement by Foreign Minister Maas on food aid for people in the Sahel region

The Federal Foreign Office has this year made available a total of 10 million euros to the World Food Programme (WFP)

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (8 April) on the humanitarian situation in, and German food aid for, the Sahel region: In the Sahel region, more than five million people are at risk of starvation. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the food supply situation is likely to further deteriorate. Covid-19…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Coronavirus - Libya: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Libya

Medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities are protected under international humanitarian law and that attacks on them may constitute war crimes

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the heavy shelling, for the second consecutive day, of Al Khadra General Hospital in Tripoli. He also condemns the continued attacks on medical personnel, hospitals and medical facilities, particularly at a time when they are critical to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Secretary-General…

Source: United Nations in Sudan |

Coronavius: Sudan - UN: COVID-19 response in Sudan requires coordination so lifesaving aid can continue

As of April 7 there are 14 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sudan with the chance that case numbers will rapidly increase

Amid the largest global challenge since World War II, 23 UN organizations call on Sudan’s government to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance in Sudan to the most vulnerable people in Sudan, including to contain, test and treat COVID-19. UN and partners reached over 7 million people in need in…

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…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR stepping up coronavirus prevention measures for refugees across East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa

The outbreak comes on the top of existing emergency conditions in the region, where 60 per cent of refugees are experiencing food ration cuts due to underfunding

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, is ramping up efforts to increase capacity to prevent, treat and limit…

Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Statement by Chairperson of the African Union Commission on the 26th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (Kwibuka26)

Under the Theme: “Remember-Unite-Renew”

Fellow Africans  Youth, Ladies and Gentlemen  Today we commemorate the 26th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda (KWIBUKA26), under the theme: “Remember-Unite-Renew”.  This is the twelfth year since the African Union started the annual commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. However, this…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank appoints Nourredine Lafhel Acting Chief Risk Officer

An experienced risk management professional, Nourredine has more than twenty (20) years of experience in finance and risk management

The African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nourredine Lafhel as Acting Chief Risk Officer, effective 6th April 2020. Lafhel, a Canadian national, is currently the Sovereign Credit and Market Risk Division Manager (PGRF3), in the Directorate of the Group Risk Management Function of the African Development Bank Group. An…