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

Central Sahel: Spike in violence leads to higher deaths, more than 1 million fleeing homes

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently allocated an additional 12 million Swiss francs (about $13.2 million) to its operational budget for the Sahel region

Increasing violence in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger has led to a 62 percent spike in deaths and more than a million[1] people being forced to flee their homes over the last year. This rise in fighting is jeopardizing access to basic services, including health care, and affecting a fragile…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: Migrants and refugees “least protected, most affected” in COVID crisis, warns Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) President

National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have seen a sharp increase in the vulnerability of migrants around the world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disaster for people from all walks of life, but an absolute “catastrophe” for the world’s vulnerable migrants, people seeking asylum and refugees. Already weak social safety nets are eroding, migrants are being stuck, stranded without access to support, in some cases unable to move…

Source: The Federal Council, Switzerland |

Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR - Switzerland donates masks for relief work on the ground

While supplies in Switzerland are guaranteed, protective equipment and sanitation facilities in some African countries are often in short supply

A global pandemic does not only pose a threat to people. It is also a major obstacle for humanitarian aid. If protective equipment is not available, it is not possible to provide assistance on the ground. Swiss Humanitarian Aid is therefore donating three million face masks in response to this…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Sudan: UN agencies support flood response in Sudan but warn aid stocks ‘rapidly’ depleting

Across Sudan, some 37,000 homes were destroyed in the floods, forcing families to seek shelter with relatives and host communities

The UN and its partners are supporting the Sudanese Government as it responds to recent severe flooding, which has killed 90 people and affected 380,000 others, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said on Tuesday. The flooding was triggered by heavy seasonal rains, mainly in neighbouring Ethiopia, which caused the…

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Source: Pleasures Magazine |

With Nigerian Top Banker Dauda Lawal: Integrity, Commitment, Determination Remain key to success

Lawal is known to be one of the key players in the financial sector of the Nigerian economy

In this interview with Dr. Dauda Lawal a Nigerian foremost banker, strategic business adviser and politician, he speaks with PLEASURES Magazine ( on the secrets to achieve greatness, his early childhood and rise to the top. How he narrowly missed being Governor of Nigeria’s North western state of Zamfara and…

Source: Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) |

Visa pour l’Image 2020 goes digital - Canon champions the next generation of storytellers

Canon celebrates this alliance with exciting initiatives, from the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant and the inaugural Canon Video Grant through to Canon’s Student Development Programme

For the 31ˢᵗ year, Canon Europe ( is proud to announce it will partner with Visa pour l’Image, one of the world’s leading photojournalism festivals, during the Pro Week – from 29th August – 5th September 2020. This long-standing partnership highlights Canon’s commitment to photojournalism, from students learning the craft…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Preventing HIV in high HIV burden settings through voluntary medical male circumcision

New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) updates earlier recommendations on voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention

Preventing heterosexually acquired HIV and achieving global HIV incidence goals require a combination of interventions. Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) is one of these interventions in settings with a high burden of HIV. New guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) updates earlier recommendations on VMMC for HIV prevention. These…

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

Coronavirus - Tanzania: Back to School - Zanzibar plans for quality learning for all children with $1.5 million from Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for COVID-19 education response

The GPE-funded programme is closely aligned to existing education sector plans and the National Education Response and Recovery Plan for COVID-19

Zanzibar has received a $1.5 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus)-related school closures and ensure that more than 520,000 children return to school safely, leaving no child left behind. The grant is part of GPE’s $500 million COVID-19 response, which is helping…

Source: Department of Health, Seychelles |

Coronavirus - Seychelles: List of countries from which visitors are permitted to enter Seychelles

The Department of Health reviews the COVID-19 situation (transmission levels, trends, public health capacity, etc.) in various countries on a regular basis, to update a list of permitted countries from which individuals can travel to Seychelles. Find below the list of permitted countries based on the latest review, which will…

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

Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: Mounting violence forces one million to flee homes in Burkina Faso

For people who have fled wars and persecution and for the communities hosting them, the additional impact of COVID-19 is devastating

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. Escalating violence has now driven more than one million people from their homes in Burkina Faso, 453,000…