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

Coronavirus - Uganda: Government of Sweden boosts UNICEF lifesaving healthcare services during COVID-19 response

Responding to the most urgent needs of children and women impacted by COVID-19 and supporting the continuity of healthcare services for the most marginalized communities

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received US$4.4 million (app. UGX 16 billion) from the Government of Sweden to support Uganda’s COVID-19 humanitarian response and efforts towards the continued delivery of essential health services for pregnant and breastfeeding women, newborns, young children, and adolescents. The new funding will target…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes additional €15 million from the European Union to fight Desert Locusts and their impacts on food security

Sustained support critical as new swarms threaten East Africa, Yemen and southwestern Asia

The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today welcomed a €15 million contribution from the European Union to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa as a new wave of locusts is emerging in the region. The European Commission said it had…

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Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Madagascar receives USD 2.13 million from African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited Policy for Drought Response

The payout will be implemented to assist the lives and livelihoods of 600,000 vulnerable population affected by the drought

The Government of Madagascar today received a symbolic cheque in the amount of USD 2,13 million from the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd) to cover anticipated losses to livelihoods of its vulnerable population from the crop failure in the just concluded farming season. The ARC payout is…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 testing and cases among women in conflict settings may be underreported, new International Rescue Committee (IRC) analysis finds

The gender disparity of cases are particularly stark in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Chad, and Central African Republic where confirmed female COVID cases are below 30%

Data collected by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows a much higher discrepancy between male and female confirmed COVID-19 cases, compared to the global average, in many countries where the IRC works. The global average denotes that 51% of cases are male. Yet, in places like Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen,…

Source: UNICEF Zimbabwe |

Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Donors allocate additional funds to the Health Development Fund in Zimbabwe

The EU has provided new funds amounting to over USD 41 million as additional top up funding to the Health Development Fund (HDF)

The European Union (EU) and Sweden have provided significant new funding to the multi-donor Health Development Fund (HDF) – managed by UNICEF and UNFPA. The HDF supports health system strengthening in Zimbabwe since its inception in 2011 under the Health Transition Fund. The EU has provided new funds amounting to…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Business giants worth $16 trillion commit to mobilising resources to build back better from COVID-19

The group promised to promote regulations that facilitate investment in sustainable development and create more resilient economies

In a meeting convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today, leaders of prominent financial institutions and businesses pledged to scale-up sustainable investments globally, especially in countries most in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance issued a statement (see below) vowing greater action…

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Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

Coronavirus - Sudan: Community leaders fight COVID-19 alongside United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan

In Sudan, UNDP is working with trusted local partners to respond and rebuild better as the ongoing pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress

‘Any child is everyone’s child,’ one Sudanese proverb goes. ‘None of us is safe until all of us are safe’ might be a timely interpretation. In Sudan, UNDP is working with trusted local partners to respond and rebuild better as the ongoing pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in…

Source: EU Delegation to Kenya |

Coronavirus - Kenya: Team Europe supports the most vulnerable Kenyans with health and social security

This includes the provision of COVID-19 related health services, support for access to universal health coverage, and cash transfers to selected households

The European Union and its Member States are providing a broad package of health and social support measures for the most vulnerable Kenyans in informal settlements and across the country, through a mix of emergency response and longer term support. This includes the provision of COVID-19 related health services, support…

Source: EU Delegation to Kenya |

Coronavirus - Kenya: The EU, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Sweden and Denmark are bolstering food security in Kenya and the region with over Ksh 16 billion (EUR 140 million) at a time of crisis due to COVID-19

This includes help for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs, assistance in the fight against locusts, humanitarian aid and epidemic control measures

Team Europe’ have put together a package of crisis-support in order to bolster food security in Kenya and neighbouring countries at a time of crisis due to COVID-19. This includes help for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs, assistance in the fight against locusts, humanitarian aid and epidemic control measures. At least…

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

Coronavirus - Africa/Middle East: UNHCR urges sustained support to protect world’s forcibly displaced from “devastating” impact of coronavirus

Across the Middle East and Africa, hundreds of thousands of refugees have asked for urgent financial assistance to cover their daily existential needs since lockdowns

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seeking US$745 million as it races to prepare for and prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 among refugees and other displaced populations around the globe. This is UNHCR’s portion of the revised UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan appealing for US$6.7 billion, launched last Thursday. Based on…