Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), WHO and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) statement on access to internationally controlled medicines during COVID-19 pandemic

There is a need to ensure access to controlled medicines such as sedatives and analgesics for intubation protocols for the treatment of patients with COVID-19

Scope (COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients affected by the pandemic) The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) call on governments to ensure that the procurement and supply of controlled medicines in countries meet the needs of patients,…

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    • The 60-bed Khayelitsha Field Hospital was developed by MSF to support the nearby Khayelitsha District Hospital in coping with the pressures of peak COVID-19 transmission in the Western Cape. South Africa, June 2020. © MSF/ROWAN PYBUS
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Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Western Cape begins to breathe after COVID-19 peak

Western Cape was ahead of COVID-19 curve in South Africa and lessons learned in Khayelitsha are of high relevance as new coronavirus surges in other low-resource settings

On 1 June, the day Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) opened Khayelitsha Field Hospital, 1,730 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in South Africa’s Western Cape. To relieve the immense pressure on the Khayelitsha District Hospital, 17 patients were transferred to the field hospital on that first day. At one point during…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

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

WFP’s Common Services have provided over 1,300 passenger and cargo flights to destinations across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East since launching in May

Highlights The COVID-19 pandemic is making the poorest poorer, and the hungriest hungrier. WFP is mobilising to meet the needs of up to 138 million people in 2020 — including by scaling up to assist over 750,000 people with multi-purpose cash, cash-for-food or e-card assistance in Lebanon; expanding to provide…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR West and Central Africa Update

Supply chain challenges, rising food prices and loss of income threaten to leave millions without food across Africa

MAIN HIGHLIGHTS Political and security developments In West and Central Africa, governments are still grappling with the negative health and socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. Despite the rising number of cases, most states are gradually lifting the preventive measures initially adopted in order to mitigate the social tension and economic slowdown…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Germany supports Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in rebuilding seed systems in Southern Africa after Cyclone Idai

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has further impacted local seed systems in Southern Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, around 80 percent of seeds used by smallholder farmers come from seed systems managed by farmers. Local seeds have adapted over centuries to local growing conditions and are more tolerant to weather changes, climate shocks, pests and diseases. Additionally, local seeds provide farmers with crops that meet…

Source: World Trade Organization (WTO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) members discuss cotton development assistance, impact of COVID-19 on cotton trade

The Cotton-4 (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali) noted the importance of supporting cotton development assistance projects designed locally, including the "Cotton Roadmap Project"

t a meeting of the Director-General’s Consultative Framework Mechanism on Cotton on 30 July, the chair Deputy Director-General Alan Wm. Wolff reiterated the forum’s mandate to ensure transparency of development assistance programmes for cotton and to improve the effectiveness of cotton projects. The WTO Secretariat presented a report and video…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus: Across Sudan, heavy rains and flash floods destroy houses, wash away crops – UN relief wing

The heavy rainfall has also increased the risk of disease outbreaks and could pose obstacles to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed and vital infrastructure damaged due to riverine and flashfloods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations relief wing has reported According to an update issued by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday, Khartoum, Blue Nile and River…

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    • National Response Coordinator, May Broh and the Resident Coordinator of the MRU in Liberia, Christain Jallah Sr. testing one of the thermometers procured under the project. © UNDP
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Coronavirus - Liberia: UNDP/Mano River Union (MRU) deliver second batch of Covid19 supplies for border areas

A total of 22 targeted border communities in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and Lofa are to benefit

UNDP Liberia and the Mano River Union (MRU) have delivered second batch of #Covid19 preventive supplies to the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) for border counties. A total of 22 targeted border communities in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and Lofa are to benefit. According to UNDP Liberia Deputy Resident Representative…

Source: International Air Transport Association (IATA) |

Coronavirus – Africa: Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace

African airlines posted a contraction of 13.8% in June

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in June showing improvement, but at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest.    Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 17.6% in June (-19.9% for international operations) compared to…

Source: Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria |

Coronavirus - Nigeria: 60 PCR Laboratories Active Nationwide Says Dr. Ehanire

Dr. Ehanire revealed that the COVID-19 cases in Nigeria crossed the 40.000 mark to 40,532 over the weekend, with 555 new cases in the past 24 hours

The Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has revealed that 60 Public Health Laboratories are active in Nigeria, which together should be in a position to address testing capacity challenges and to ramp up utilization if only the logistics could be improved. He made this known at the Presidential…