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APO Group brings together the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled for a journalism prize in Africa

The judging panel for the APO Group African Woman in Media Award consists of 100 luminaries, with global icons such as Naomi Campbell joined by executives at diverse organizations like Microsoft, Harley-Davidson and FIFA

APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, is delighted to announce the jury for the prestigious APO Group African Women in Media Award 2020 (http://bit.ly/APOaward). The Award recognizes, celebrates and empowers African women in the media who support female entrepreneurship throughout the continent.    This is the largest and most influential panel of judges ever assembled…

Source: Ambassade de France au Zimbabwe et au Malawi |

Coronavirus: COVID-19 – Information on measures in place on arrival in mainland France and in French overseas territories

Travellers coming from other countries are encouraged to have a negative PCR test before they leave

Health measures apply to all travellers before departure and upon arrival into French territory. In addition, restrictions apply for entry into French territory depending on the travellers’ country of origin. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 on entering France, you will be required to carry out compulsory 14-day quarantine. Can…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus Global Response: European Investment Bank (EIB) and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion

Will finance economic recovery, stronger health systems and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries outside of the EU

The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future’ pledging summit organised today by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments. The money raised will also support economic recovery in the world’s most fragile…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Refugee athletes stay focused on countdown to delayed Olympics

The refugee athletes themselves, are doing their best to stay fit, while complying with lockdown measures across the world

With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, UN News has spoken to two recipients of Refugee Athlete Scholarships, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to find out how COVID-19 lockdown measures are affecting their preparations for the games. Four years ago at the…

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

Coronavirus - Middle East and North Africa: Mental Health and Psychosocial Response during COVID-19 Outbreak

In Egypt, frontline psychosocial workers are providing 24/7 online support to refugees as a major increase in psychosocial distress has been identified

Key highlights from January to April 2020 (Syria situation) Across the MENA region, UNHCR is receiving alarming reports of increasing mental health issues among the forcibly displaced. Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities are being stepped up by UNHCR and partners to address this new dangerous trend. Download Report:…

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Coronavirus - Africa: A Human Rights Checklist

Human Rights Watch is committed to reporting on the human rights dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research has identified 40 questions to guide a rights-respecting response to this crisis that addresses the needs of groups most at risk, including people living in poverty, ethnic and religious minorities, women, people with disabilities, older people, LGBT people, migrants, refugees, and children. We have also…

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

Coronavirus - Middle East/North Africa: UNHCR MENA COVID-19 Emergency Response Update

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is fast-evolving

Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen, and Turkey Key Figures 19 out of 20 UNHCR countries / operations are reporting COVID-19 cases in the region 16 million 2020 planning figure for people of…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

The findings, available online, contain positive aspects of each country’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica which it reviewed during its latest session. Although the session, which was due to end on 27 March, was suspended in mid-March because of the…

Source: Ministry of Health, Ethiopia |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Notification note on additional COVID-19 Confirmed Cases

So far the Ethiopian Public Health Institute conducted 718 laboratory tests, 33 samples are done in the last 24 hours

After the first case was confirmed on March 12, 2020, four additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, making the total cases sixteen (16). Detail information of the confirmed cases are: Patient 1: A 72 years old Male Mauritian who resides in Addis Ababa and a travel history from Brazzaville, Congo…