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UN and partners launch $267 million appeal to respond to immediate needs of 10.1 million Kenyans

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 20:35:42 +0000

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Country: Kenya
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The funds will be used to support public health responses to contain the spread of COVID-19 and provide targeted humanitarian assistance and protection to the most vulnerable and at-risk communities.

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Tanzania: Drawing on Ebola readiness to tackle COVID-19

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 20:31:48 +0000

Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Source: World Health Organization

Tanzania is tapping into the skills of health workers already knowledgeable in disease control, establishing influenza sentinel surveillance system and repurposing facilities to tackle COVID-19.

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World: IOM calls for European solidarity and action on Mediterranean rescue amid COVID-19

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:17:04 +0000

Countries: Italy, Libya, Spain, World
Source: International Organization for Migration

Migrants continue to attempt the Mediterranean crossing, fleeing violence, abuse and poverty amid heightened concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. IOM urges states to uphold international obligations.

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FAO continues to fight Desert Locust in East Africa and Yemen despite COVID-19 constraints

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:47:01 +0000

Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Yemen
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In the six East African countries worst affected or at risk of locusts, about 20 million people are already experiencing acute food insecurity, with a further 15 million in Yemen so affected.

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World: HRW details devastating impact of COVID-19 on children

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:18:59 +0000

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Country: World
Source: Human Rights Watch

More than 1.5 billion students are out of school. Widespread job and income loss is likely to increase rates of child labor, sexual exploitation, teen pregnancy, child marriage and domestic violence.

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UNICEF proporciona suministros para combatir el COVID-19 y apoyar la respuesta integrada en Venezuela

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 08:59:46 +0000

Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: UN Children's Fund

Un envío de unas 90 toneladas de suministros vitales llegó a Caracas e incluye equipos de protección personal para trabajadores de la salud, kits hospitalarios y equipos de higiene y saneamiento.

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World: COVID-19 fallout could push half a billion people into poverty in developing countries

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 04:05:53 +0000

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Country: World
Source: United Nations University

The economic fallout could increase global poverty by as much as 8 per cent of the total population. This would be the first time that poverty has increased globally in 30 years.

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More than 200,000 Libyans displaced amid fighting as COVID-19 threat increases

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:54:25 +0000

Country: Libya
Source: International Organization for Migration

Libya recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 24. Security challenges are now coupled with grave health concerns posed by the potential spread of the virus, especially in detention centres.

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Suministros de las Naciones Unidas llegan hoy a Venezuela para apoyar la respuesta a la COVID-19 y salvar vidas

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:46:09 +0000

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Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: United Nations, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Children's Fund, Pan American Health Organization

Un avión con 90 toneladas de suministros sanitarios, agua, higiene y educación llega hoy al país como parte de la respuesta de las Naciones Unidas contra la COVID-19 en Venezuela.

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UN supplies arrive in Venezuela to support the COVID-19 response and save lives

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:43:52 +0000

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Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: United Nations, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Children's Fund, Pan American Health Organization

A plane arrived in Venezuela carrying 90 tons of health, water, hygiene and sanitation, and education supplies to be distributed to health centers and in the most vulnerable communities.

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Urgent support needed to prevent millions of desperate Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 12:49:52 +0000

Country: Zimbabwe
Source: World Food Programme

WFP is planning to assist 4.1 million people in April, although insufficient funding has prevented it achieving the same monthly target this year. In March, it reached 3.7 million of the most vulnerable.

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World: Alarm grows in Africa as continent records its 10,000th case of COVID-19

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:35:10 +0000

Country: World
Source: Save the Children

Significant efforts are being made by African governments to respond to the pandemic; however, the number of cases has been increasing exponentially, with the caseload doubling to 10,000 in a week.

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Yemen: Secondary impacts of COVID-19 threaten more children's lives than disease itself

Wed, 08 Apr 2020 00:01:00 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Yemen
Source: World Vision

World Vision’s Aftershocks report considers what would happen if the secondary impacts of the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak on children were replicated in the 24 most fragile countries covered by the UN appeal.

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CERF grants over US$12 million to Chad for underfunded emergencies

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:29:28 +0000

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Country: Chad
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The priority of this funding is to implement vital programmes that meet the immediate needs of affected populations, particularly those in the provinces of Lac, Kanem and Barh-El-Gazal.

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COVID-19 forces migrants and refugees back to crisis-ridden Venezuela

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:04:35 +0000

Countries: Colombia, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

Hundreds of Venezuelans are returning home as lockdown measures prevent them from earning a living. More could follow without an increase in funding for the Colombian government’s pandemic response.

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Kenya: UNHCR stepping up coronavirus prevention measures for refugees across East, Horn and Great Lakes regions

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:47:19 +0000

Countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Living in crowded conditions, without adequate access to water and sanitation, and with precarious livelihoods and food security, refugees are particularly vulnerable to the virus.

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UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:44:22 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

More lives are at risk in the Centre Nord and Sahel regions where hundreds of thousands of displaced people, including small children, are being forced to sleep in the open at the mercy of the elements.

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World: Save the Children launches its biggest-ever $100 million appeal to protect children from COVID-19

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 23:01:00 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen
Source: Save the Children

As the pandemic accelerates across lower-income countries, the agency is warning that failure to act now in countries across south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa could result in three million deaths.

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COVID-19 affects Ukraine health systems already compromised by conflict

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 16:41:43 +0000

Country: Ukraine
Source: United Nations Population Fund

As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UN Population Fund is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment.

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Vanuatu: Early warning early action in the Pacific for Tropical Cyclone Harold

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:02:57 +0000

Country: Vanuatu
Source: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The IFRC issued cash grant to the Vanuatu Red Cross to assist with the deployment of staff and volunteers as well as further the movement of prepositioned stocks closer to areas likely to be affected.

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