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

Coronavirus - Sudan: Floods Flash Update

Ongoing heavy rainfall hampers crop production, increases risk of disease outbreaks and poses more obstacles to Government and partners’ efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

HIGHLIGHTS Heavy rains over the past week have led to flash and riverine flooding in different parts of Sudan, with Khartoum, Blue Nile and River Nile states amongst the hardest-hit. The storms have destroyed houses and displaced people, especially in the Blue Nile, where several hectares of crops have been…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Malawi: Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Country Brief - Malawi (03 August-2020)

Estimated 1.9 million people in need of food assistance in first quarter of 2020; food insecurity conditions likely to worsen due to effects of COVID‑19

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Cereal production in 2020 estimated at bumper level, helping to bolster households’ food supplies and keeping national import requirements at below‑average level in 2020/21 Prices of maize decreased seasonally from March 2020, but remained higher on yearly basis as of June Estimated 1.9 million people in need…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: Southern and Eastern Africa COVID-19 Digest

In Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled in about two weeks

HIGHLIGHTS With more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases now recorded daily, South Africa is the worst-affected country on the African continent. In Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the number of COVID-19 cases has doubled in about two weeks. In East Africa, 92 per cent of working women are employed in the…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: UNICEF Global COVID-19 Mid-Term Situation Report

UNICEF has actively responded to the pandemic by sourcing Personal protective equipment (PPE) equipment and other COVID supplies

Highlights UNICEF continues to scale-up and deliver across sectors to address the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, UNICEF has reached 2.6 billion people on COVID- 19 messaging on prevention and access to services. UNICEF has actively responded to the pandemic by sourcing PPE equipment and other COVID…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus: Breastfeeding ‘for a healthier planet’

During the pandemic, UNICEF and WHO, in line with the policy actions advocated by the UNICEF-WHO-led Global Breastfeeding Collective, are calling on governments

World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling - a critical component of breastfeeding support.…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 is an opportunity for innovation and increased solidarity in Africa, say African Union (AU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

COVID-19 is expected to deepen food insecurity by at least 19 percent in the region

“The consequences of the pandemic could be long-lasting”, stated Ambassador Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, adding that “the AU will continue to support governments to make extremely difficult choices to address the impact of COVID-19 across the continent”. Amb. Chergui’s remarks followed the launch of a…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Demonstrate commitment to Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment with actions; meeting with Civil Society Organisations emphasises

The meeting observed that COVID-19 pandemic continues to accentuate the inequalities between men and women

The speedy implementation of commitments to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) has yet again been emphasized in a Declaration and Call for Action between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The Declaration and call for action is an outcome statement of the AUC, Women,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - led global COVID-19 Food Coalition gains momentum

Soaring unemployment rates, income losses and rising food costs are jeopardizing food access in developed and developing countries alike

The Italian government-proposed initiative aims to tackle the long-term impacts of the pandemic on food and agriculture, engaging more countries to support the efforts The COVID-19 Food Coalition, launched by the Government of Italy and led by FAO, is gaining momentum, as more countries are joining the initiative in an effort…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Message

Analysis indicates that increasing rates of exclusive breastfeeding could save the lives of 820,000 children every year

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible…

Source: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) |

Coronavirus: Eswatini SMS service helps women access family planning, food amid pandemic

This service has encouraged thousands of women in Eswatini to access contraceptives, and also provided welcome monthly reminders lest they forget

Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be assured that I could visit any clinic amid COVID-19 for my contraceptive needs,” the 24-year-old said. This service has encouraged…