Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Africa: International community must unite, or be crushed by chaos, warns UN chief

The COVID-19 pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation

The UN Secretary-General on Thursday made an unequivocal case for strengthening multilateralism and building trust among the countries of the world in the face of the devastating coronavirus pandemic, which has exposed gaps on multiple fronts.  The dangerous mix of high geo-political tensions and complex threats to peace, now complicated…

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Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 24 September 2020, 6 pm

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,429,704), deaths (34,839), and recoveries (1,175,855) by region: Central (57,334 cases; 1,072 deaths; 49,679 recoveries): Burundi (476; 1; 462), Cameroon (20,690; 416; 19,124), CAR (4,802; 62; 1,830), Chad (1,164; 81; 997), Congo (5,005; 89; 3,920), DRC (10,555; 271; 10,051), Equatorial Guinea (5,018;…

Source: Africa Oil Week |

Oil and Gas Operators set to discuss their Near-Term Strategic Outlooks for Africa

To accompany the session, Africa Oil Week has released the latest in a series of complimentary reports produced alongside its long-standing partner, Wood Mackenzie

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with ambitious emissions targets, are currently forcing oil and gas Operators worldwide to re-evaluate – and in many cases slim down – their portfolios. But what does this mean for Sub-Saharan Africa? This question will be top of the agenda at the…

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Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 22 September 2020, 6 pm

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,412,699) deaths (34,077), and recoveries (1,158,751) by region: Central (56,990 cases; 1,071 deaths; 49,571 recoveries): Burundi (474; 1; 462), Cameroon (20,431; 416; 19,124), CAR (4,793; 62; 1,830), Chad (1,153; 81; 967), Congo (5,002; 89; 3,913), DRC (10,523; 271; 10,011), Equatorial Guinea (5,002;…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Deadly malaria and cholera outbreaks grow amongst refugees as COVID pandemic strains health systems, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Displaced and refugee families live together in small tents and makeshift homes and are confined together in small spaces without access to proper water, sanitation and hygiene

The International Rescue Committee is extremely concerned about the rise of infectious diseases alongside COVID-19. There is an increase in malaria and cholera cases compared to previous years due in part to COVID-related disruptions severely impeding diagnosis and treatment of the diseases, access to relief from floods as well as…

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Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 21 September 2020, 6 pm

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,408,140) deaths (33,954), and recoveries (1,154,423) by region: Central (56,975 cases; 1,071 deaths; 49,483 recoveries): Burundi (473; 1; 462), Cameroon (20,431; 416; 19,124), CAR (4,793; 62; 1,830), Chad (1,151; 81; 967), Congo (5,002; 89; 3,913), DRC (10,519; 271; 9,952), Equatorial Guinea (5,002;…

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Coronavirus - Critical underfunding exacerbated by COVID-19 pushing displaced people to the edge

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, causing the loss of lives and livelihoods and deepening existing inequalities that will make progress on the Goals even more difficult

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Urgent action needed to avert the risk of famine in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General tells UN Security Council

Conflict and COVID-19 are also worsening food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan

FAO Director-Genaral QU Dongyu, today warned the United Nations Security Council that Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen were at risk of a looming famine and appealed for an urgent and united humanitarian response to save lives and livelihoods. "Tragically, there are many more situations where conflict and instability, now…

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

Coronavirus: What is the humanitarian impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID did not spread out as quickly and was not as deadly in Africa as elsewhere

On 15 September, ICRC Africa deputy regional director Linh Schroeder gave evidence to the UK International Development Committee as part of a panel of humanitarians. Linh was joined by Selena Victor, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at Mercy Corps and Kate White, Medical Emergency Manager and COVID-19 medical technical…