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

Coronavirus: COVID-19 inducing “widespread despair” among refugees, UNHCR appeals for urgent support for mental health

Consequences of the pandemic are also affecting the availability of assistance with the overwhelming majority of world’s refugees, 85 per cent, hosted in developing regions

The consequences of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, deteriorating socio-economic conditions, protracted displacement and the critical shortfall in solutions to displacement are leading to widespread despair among refugees, warns UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency today. Joining the World Health Organization in observing World Mental Health Day today, UNHCR is urging the…

Source: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean |

Coronavirus: Regional Director press briefing statement

COVID-19 has shown that the world was very much underprepared to respond

By Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean COVID-19 is now a part of our daily lives. It is affecting the way we work, learn, communicate and manage our relationships. While people are eager to return to their normal lives, the reality is that the situation is not getting any better.…

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…

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview - 04 September 2020

168,000+ Individuals reached with hygiene awareness this week

28,600+ Returnee migrants arrived since April 1 168,000+ Individuals reached with hygiene awareness this week 1,508 Currently in quarantine facilities Download Report: https://bit.ly/2F7gdS6 1. Partnerships and Coordination • As the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to assist…

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Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 L3 Emergency - External Situation Report

COVID-19 cases have surpassed 25 million and food insecurity is increasing globally

Highlights WFP is facing a highly demanding and increasingly complex operating environment. COVID-19 cases have surpassed 25 million and food insecurity is increasing globally, compounding additional incidents such as the devastating explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, the recent coup d'état in Mali, widespread flooding and an active hurricane and monsoon season.…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Stakeholders call to address the situation of stranded African migrant workers in Lebanon

The African Union Commission convened the meeting to discuss with three affected Member States, namely, Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan

African low skilled workers in Lebanon have been exposed to multiple hardships over the past months. This is due to a multiplicity of factors which includes the economic and political instability in Lebanon which has led to depreciation of the currency, inflation and job losses with Lebanese nationals unable to…

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Ethiopia: COVID-19 Response Overview

International Organization for Migration (IOM) continued to provide direct assistance to returnee migrants in quarantine facilities

27,700+ Returnee migrants arrived since April 1 22,800+ Individuals reached with hygiene awareness this week 1,593 Currently in quarantine facilities Download Report: https://bit.ly/2ECa28W 1. Partnerships and Coordination • As the designated lead agency for supporting the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) in the management of migrant returnees, IOM continued to assist…

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…