Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

Coronavirus - South Sudan: UNMISS, Partners discuss Small-Scale Projects designed to improve Healthcare Facilities in Eastern Equatoria

Some of the top priorities emerging from discussions included the construction of a new isolation center for COVID-19 patients in Nimule

The Relief Reintegration and Protection (RRP) unit at the UNMISS Torit Field Office has completed a series of meetings with health partners, civil society representatives, community leaders, women and local authorities in Nimule, Eastern Equatoria, to identify quick impact projects (QIPs) that will have tangible benefits for local populations. Some of the top…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of the Congo: Millions ‘on the edge’ in DR Congo, now in even greater danger of tipping over - World Food Programme (WFP)

Outbreaks of diseases, violence, and fears of a poor harvest, are worsening an already alarming situation

According to the World Food Programme (WFP), latest national data shows that about four in ten people in the DRC are food insecure, with some 15.6 million suffering “crisis” or “emergency” levels of hunger. “So many Congolese are on the edge, and in even greater danger now of being tipped over…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: Stranded Sierra Leoneans return amid COVID-19 pandemic, part of 2,800 returns along Humanitarian Corridors in West, Central Africa

As per Sierra Leone health regulations, all returnees were tested for COVID-19 before they left Senegal

This week (13 August), 59 Sierra Leoneans stranded in Senegal since the outbreak of COVID-19 returned home safely via air charter flight, bringing to 2,800 the number of people assisted with voluntary return in the region by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with financial support from the European Union.…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of Congo: With conflict and COVID-19 deepening hunger in the Democratic Republic of Congo, more help is needed to save millions of lives

Four in ten of DRC’s estimated 100 million people are food insecure, according to the most recent nationwide data, with 15.6 million suffering “crisis” or “emergency” hunger

As conflict and the coronavirus escalate in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), aggravating one of the world’s biggest but most under-funded hunger crises, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions of lives could be lost unless the international community steps up with more help. Four…

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

Coronavirus - Niger: Improving access to sustainable water, hygiene and sanitation services in Niger

UNICEF hands over equipment to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to boost the "Accelerated Sanitation and Water for All" Programme in Niger

UNICEF has handed over four (4) new vehicles and 362 hand washing devices to the Niger’s Ministry of Water and Sanitation to accelerate the implementation of the "Accelerated Sanitation and Water for All (ASWA 2)" Programme and support the Government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. "UNICEF is supporting the Government…

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

Coronavirus - Sudan: Breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

UNICEF has urged mothers to continue to breastfeed their babies while observing all necessary safety and hygiene precautions during COVID-19 pandemic

Interview with Mona Maman, UNICEF Sudan nutrition expert As Sudan joins the rest of the world to mark this Year’s World Breastfeeding Week starting from August 7th, under the theme “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”, UNICEF is calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding…

Source: UNICEF Sierra Leone |

Coronavirus - Sierra Leone: Government of Sierra Leone, Irish Aid and UNICEF provide 2307 handwashing stations to primary schools

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, whose primary defense mechanism is handwashing with soap and water, setting up handwashing stations at schools is essential

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), with support from Irish Aid, has started the distribution of 2307 handwashing stations to Government and Government-assisted Primary schools in eight districts in Sierra Leone. The distribution started on Thursday 6th August in Western Area Urban, and will continue in Western Area Rural, Kenema, Bo,…

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Source: UNICEF Sierra Leone |

Coronavirus - Government of Sierra Leone, Irish Aid and UNICEF provide 2307 handwashing stations to primary schools

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, whose primary defense mechanism is handwashing with soap and water, setting up handwashing stations at schools is essential

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), with support from Irish Aid, has started the distribution of 2307 handwashing stations to Government and Government-assisted Primary schools in eight districts in Sierra Leone. The distribution started on Thursday 6th August in Western Area Urban, and will continue in Western Area Rural, Kenema,…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus: On International Day, UN chief spotlights indigenous peoples’ resilience in face of COVID-19 pandemic

Indigenous peoples’ traditional practices and knowledge also offer solutions that can be replicated elsewhere

Inclusion and participation of the world’s 476 million indigenous peoples must be ensured in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and on the road ahead towards recovery, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has underscored. Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Mr. Guterres drew attention to the “devastating” impact of the pandemic on indigenous peoples around the world. "Throughout history,…