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: 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 Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus - MENA: Statement by Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, on COVID-19

Several countries that had successfully controlled transmission a few months ago, including Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon, are now seeing an acceleration of cases

This week, our Region reached another milestone as we surpassed two million cases of COVID-19. We are observing developments that remind us again that we must remain totally vigilant in managing this virus. Several countries that had successfully controlled transmission a few months ago, including Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon,…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: First Group of 116 Ethiopian Migrants arrive safely from Sudan

All returnees completed their 14-day mandatory quarantine period in government-operated quarantine facilities in Addis Ababa

The first 116 Ethiopian migrants to voluntarily return from Sudan since the onset of COVID-19 are back in the country. The returnees were supported by the government of Ethiopia which paid for the charter flight in July, and the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn…

Source: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 situation updates for week 36

Most countries in the Region are in the community transmission phase

The coronavirus disease COVID-19 continues to spread at the regional and global levels. As of 5 September 2020, the global cumulative incidence reached 26 468 031 reported cases and 871 166 associated deaths with a case fatality ratio (CFR) of 3.3%. Meanwhile, the 22 countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Libya: Statement by WHO's Regional Director on COVID-19 developments in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Libya reached a new daily record of cases and deaths this week

As of 26 August 2020, a total of 1 862 635 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Eastern Mediterranean Region since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which represents 8.0% of the global burden of more than 23 million cases reported to date. Some countries in the Region…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Coronavirus - Africa: The United States continues to lead the Global Response to COVID-19

Americans have now provided more than $4.9 billion in donations and assistance globally for COVID-19 response

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance,…

Source: Fairtrade Messe und Ausstellungs GmbH & Co. KG |

fairtrade launches Virtual agrofood & plastprintpack Africa 2020

The four-day digital event is to provide a platform for valuable business contacts between leading global manufacturers and top buyers from the African agrofood & plastprintpack industry

fairtrade (www.fairtrade-messe.de), the Germany based organiser behind the leading agrofood & plastprintpack trade shows in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria launch a new event called Virtual agrofood & plastprintpack Africa, taking place 19 to 22 October 2020. The four-day digital event is to provide a…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa (MENA), Central Asia & Eastern Europe COVID-19 Situation Report

Total funding required for the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) has risen to USD 10.3 billion in the July 2020 update, up from the USD 6.7 billion in May

HIGHLIGHTS As of 27 July, there were 878,030 reported cases of COVID-19 within the countries covered by this region. There has been a 19 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks (12 July – 27 July) and a 44 percent increase in cases over the last month (28…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus: International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa COVID-19 Response

The spread of COVID-19 in conflict-affect countries continues to be a significant concern, pushing millions of already vulnerable families to the brink of survival

Key Regional Updates As of 20 July 2020, a total of 817,637 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, with 14,580 deaths reported in the region. The spread of COVID-19 in conflict-affect countries continues to be a significant concern, pushing millions of already vulnerable families to the brink of survival. The three…