Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Libya: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

“Children in Libya, including refugee and migrant children, continue to suffer grievously amidst the violence and chaos unleashed by the country’s longstanding civil war. “Since April last year when hostilities broke out in Tripoli and western Libya, conditions for thousands of children and the civilians have deteriorated further. Indiscriminate attacks…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Minister Gould concludes visit to Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo

The Minister announced Canadian assistance to provide support to families affected by the floods that have devastated areas of the country

Canada values its long-standing partnerships in Africa and remains committed to working with African partners to build a more prosperous, sustainable and peaceful world. The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today concluded a four-day visit to the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo during which…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Injured civilians attacked while being rushed to hospital for life saving care in International Rescue Committee (IRC) ambulance

South Sudan remains one of the most dangerous places for aid workers

After fighting broke out between two opposing groups in  Panyijar County, South Sudan, an IRC ambulance carrying civilians severely injured in the fighting was attacked. While all IRC staff are safe civilians were killed and injured in the fighting that broke out on Tuesday evening. Martin Omukuba, South Sudan Country…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Inclusive government action needed to bring stability to Mali

It is extremely concerning that we have only seen limited progress towards the implementation of the peace agreement

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on MINUSMA Thank you, Mr President, and let me also thank on the Under-Secretary-General Lacroix for his briefing. And like others, I’d like to begin by offering my condolences and those of the…

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novartis, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Last Mile Health, Lilly, Living Goods, Pfizer Inc |

Public-Private Collaboration commits to Accelerate Access to Health Services in Africa, reaching 1.7 Million People

Healthcare companies and philanthropies to fund training of thousands of community health workers as part of larger initiative led by Last Mile Health and Living Goods to advance universal health coverage

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.com), Lilly (Lilly.com), Novartis (Novartis.com), Pfizer (Pfizer.com), GSK (GSK.com) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GatesFoundation.org) have joined forces with Last Mile Health (LastMileHealth.org) and Living Goods (LivingGoods.org) to increase access to community-based primary healthcare for nearly 1.7 million people in up to six African countries,…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

USAID Administrator Green’s meeting with Mark Lowcock, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

The two officials discussed some of the world’s most-pressing man-made crises, including Yemen, Venezuela, South Sudan, and Syria

On January 13, 2020, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, who directs the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The two officials discussed some of the world’s most-pressing…

Source: World Council of Churches (WCC) |

New South Sudan peace declaration brokered by Sant’Egidio comes into force

The declaration seeks to end any further armed confrontation across the country, creating an environment conducive for dialogue

Amid persistent worldwide spiritual and moral appeals for peace, reconciliation, and support, the government of South Sudan and holdout opposition groups recommitted to cessation of hostilities in a peace declaration brokered by the Sant’ Egidio, a Rome-based lay Catholic movement. The agreement is yet another key step in the attempt…

Source: United Nations Information Center in Nairobi |

United Nations Distressed by Rising Terror Attacks on Kenyan Schools

The bombings of schools and the killing of civilians violate international humanitarian law

The United Nations Country Team in Kenya is deeply distressed by the rising cases of terrorist attacks on schools, teachers and learners, especially in the north-eastern regions of Kenya.  While we stand in solidarity with the affected communities, we reiterate that acts of terror and hate are even more egregious…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo): Red Cross volunteers attacked during Ebola burial

DRC Red Cross teams have faced incidents of violence and aggression from communities resisting safe and dignified burial protocols since the start of the Ebola outbreak

Two volunteers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) Red Cross were seriously injured following an attack during a safe and dignified burial of a suspected Ebola case near Mambasa, in eastern DR Congo on Monday, 13 January. The volunteers are now in hospital, receiving medical care and psychosocial…

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
Source: Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) |

Al-Sumait Prize 2020 Call for Nominations

The Prize is to be awarded annually to individuals or institutions within one of the proposed three fields (Food Security, Health and Education)

The Amir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, announced an initiative to the third African Arab Summit hosted by the State of Kuwait. This initiative established an annual award by the State of Kuwait for the advancement of economic, social, human resources, and infrastructure…