Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Coronavirus - Somalia: Critical juncture to curb spread of COVID-19 and save lives

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is distributing gloves, bleach, and other equipment to hospitals and clinics across the country

Somalia is at a critical juncture where immediate action can still curb the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is deeply concerned about the impact that the virus could have on communities weakened by violence and conflict, where displacement, malnutrition, and outbreaks…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Coronavirus - Somalia: Somalia Humanitarian Bulletin

Government has announced various COVID-19 control measures

Covid-19 preparedness and response scaled up; Government has announced various COVID-19 control measures; Gu rains have started with moderate to heavy showers; thousands of people displaced in Lower Shabelle region; SHF to allocate US$22 million but more resources needed. Coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness and response scaled up across Somalia In conjunction…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - Borno state: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, other diseases will not relent

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on healthcare systems, economies and populations worldwide and it poses a substantial threat in Borno

After more than a decade of armed conflict, outbreaks of severe malnutrition, malaria, measles and cholera, approximately 1.5 million internally displaced people in Nigeria's Borno state now face the spectre of COVID-19. Many displaced people live in vastly overcrowded camps with poor water and sanitation facilities, limited supplies of hygiene essentials such…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Humanitarian crisis worsening amid deepening conflict and COVID-19 threat

Authorities have now confirmed ten cases of COVID-19 and one death in Libya

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. One year since the launch of a military offensive in Tripoli, Libya, fighting is further worsening with…

Source: Save the Children |

Coronavirus - Africa: Millions out of school, jeopardising the future of children in West and Central Africa

While the focus of the COVID 19 response is mainly on health systems, the pandemic is already having a devastating impact on children beyond that

Save the Children fears for the future of millions of children, as more than 120,000,000 children and students are currently out of school in in West and Central Africa. Almost all countries have introduced nation-wide school and university closures so far to contain the Covid-19 virus - the number is…

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Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Government, UN launch a US$715m humanitarian response plan for 2020

The Humanitarian Response Plan will play a key role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and protecting those most vulnerable in communities in Zimbabwe

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for Zimbabwe was launched today, targeting 5.6 million people with food assistance and support in the areas of health, water-sanitation-hygiene, education, protection, nutrition, shelter, and camp coordination and management. The plan requests for a total of US$715 million from international community. The Humanitarian Response Plan…

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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security

Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season

Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing…

Source: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) |

Coronavirus - Sudan: COVID-19 is a crisis for women in Sudan

Women and youth helped bring change in Sudan and can limit spread of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is set to exacerbate pre-existing gender inequalities and the virus’s impact will disproportionately affect women, according to the United Nations Population Fund in Sudan. COVID-19’s adverse effect on women requires a specialized response that recognizes and addresses their rights, their medical and social needs and promotes their…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Number of hungry people spikes in Central Sahel as COVID-19 looms

Across the Central Sahel -- a region that encompasses Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger - the situation is extremely worrying, with the number of hungry rising steadily as the crisis deepens

The humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region of Africa is spiralling out of control - with more than 5 million people facing severe food insecurity across the region, according to a new joint food security assessment released today by food security partners including the United Nations World Food Programme…

Source: Amnesty International |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 as an emergency human rights issue

In East and Southern Africa, some governments, such as Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Kenya, have imposed unprecedented measures such as national “lockdowns”

Deprose Muchena is the Director of Amnesty International’s East and Southern Africa Regional Office In our homes, streets, public places, radio stations, newspapers and international television news channels, everybody is talking about: COVID-19. Maintaining reasonable physical distance and practising good personal hygiene, such as regularly washing hands and avoiding touching…