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Malnutrition among children expected to quadruple in Southern Madagascar as drought worsens

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:39:10 +0000

Country: Madagascar
Sources: World Food Programme, UN Children's Fund

The worst-affected Ambovombe-Androy district, where global acute malnutrition rates have touched an alarming 27 percent is at risk of famine unless urgent steps are taken to prevent further deterioration.

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COVAX and World Bank to accelerate vaccine access for developing countries

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:20:01 +0000

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Country: World
Sources: World Bank, GAVI Alliance

New financing mechanism builds on Gavi's new AMC cost-sharing arrangement. This allows AMC countries to purchase doses beyond the fully donor-subsidized ones they are already receiving from COVAX.

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Civilian casualties in Afghanistan set to hit unprecedented highs this year

Mon, 26 Jul 2021 05:30:24 +0000

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Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan

UNAMA reported 5,183 civilian casualties in the first half of 2021, up 47 per cent from the same period in 2020, with an acute rise in the number of civilians killed and injured from 1 May.

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More than 71 per cent of people risk losing access to water supply in Lebanon

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:35:31 +0000

Countries: Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic
Source: UN Children's Fund

If the public water supply system collapses, UNICEF estimates that water costs could skyrocket by 200 per cent a month when securing water from alternative or private water suppliers.

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Record numbers forced to flee ongoing violence in Burkina Faso

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:58:54 +0000

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

According to new figures from the government, more than 1.3 million Burkinabè have been internally displaced in just over two years. Six per cent of the population is now displaced inside the country.

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World: Food systems that ignore the needs of poor rural people are doomed to fail, warns IFAD president

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:30:45 +0000

Country: World
Source: International Fund for Agricultural Development

"Without concrete actions that result in real changes for rural producers, hunger and poverty will only grow, and increased instability and migration will follow,” said Gilbert F. Houngbo.

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Severe drought causes hunger crisis in Madagascar

Fri, 23 Jul 2021 01:02:05 +0000

Country: Madagascar
Source: Action Against Hunger USA

An estimated 1.14 million people in the Grand Sud are suffering from severe acute food insecurity, including nearly 14,000 people who are struggling to survive famine conditions.

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Ethiopia: WFP sends first humanitarian passenger flight into Tigray as famine edges closer in the region

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:51:44 +0000

Country: Ethiopia
Source: World Food Programme

It is the first passenger flight since commercial flights were halted on 24 June and took more than 30 employees from organisations working to deliver urgently needed aid to conflict-hit communities.

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World: Pivotal point in Africa's COVID-19 third wave

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:39:48 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

While Africa's rise in cases has declined due to a drop in South Africa, which accounts for most reported infections, many countries are at peak risk and the third wave is accelerating faster than before.

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Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 deaths surging, with ‘worst yet to come’

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:10:49 +0000

Countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children is ‘deeply concerned' about the catastrophic impact that the widespread loss of lives and livelihoods will have on children, who have already been held back by school disruptions.

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Millions face hunger as drought ravages southern Angola

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:01:00 +0000

Countries: Angola, Namibia
Source: Amnesty International

Aggravated by climate change and land diversion, the “worst drought in 40 years” has driven thousands from their homes to seek refuge in Namibia as food and water grow increasingly scarce.

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Afghanistan: Afghan civilians paying steep price for surge in violence and COVID-19

Wed, 21 Jul 2021 07:21:23 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

"With COVID-19 adding yet another deadly threat, access to health care is among the most pressing humanitarian need everywhere in the country, regardless of political affiliation," said ICRC's Fillion.

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Iraq: Four years after Islamic State Group: Families in Mosul still languish in poverty

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 23:47:59 +0000

Country: Iraq
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

The effects of COVID-19, the worsening economy, the ongoing drought and the camp closures have compounded a crisis, resulting in Mosul remaining a shell-shocked city with destroyed infrastructure.

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A decade after its famine, Somalia is again nearing crisis with women and girls hardest hit

Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:51:41 +0000

Country: Somalia
Source: CARE

With drought causing a new hunger crisis, previous gains in women's empowerment are at risk of being lost if funding is not urgently increased and prioritised for local, women-led initiatives.

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UNICEF alarmed at the surge of COVID-19 cases amid low vaccination rates in Libya

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 19:58:26 +0000

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Country: Libya
Source: UN Children's Fund

Already disrupted by years of instability, the Libyan healthcare system is further challenged with high rates of community transmission and is struggling to curb the rapid spread.

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Niger: OCHA launches first regional fund to respond to humanitarian needs in West and Central Africa

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:25:58 +0000

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Countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The fund ensures that partners can deliver aid to underserved locations, access difficult-to-reach populations, and respond to new crises, while also addressing the Sahel's interrelated challenges.

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World: IFRC launches appeal to join SOS MEDITERRANEE’s life-saving mission as deaths soar in the Mediterranean Sea

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:19:28 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Sudan, Tunisia, World
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

Lives continue to be lost in the Mediterranean Sea, particularly on the treacherous Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Europe. 792 people are known to have died in the first half of 2021.

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Another 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine reach Pakistan through COVAX

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:38:08 +0000

Country: Pakistan
Sources: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund

Since May, 2.4 million doses of AstraZeneca, 100,160 doses of Pfizer and 2.5 million doses of Moderna, the latter donated by the United States, have been delivered to Pakistan via COVAX.

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At least 13 children killed in North West Syria in three days

Sun, 18 Jul 2021 13:22:53 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Save the Children

Since Thursday, ongoing artillery attacks and airstrikes have been targeting civilian areas in the ceasefire zone in Idlib and Aleppo outskirts. The majority of children killed were aged between 4 and 14.

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First nation-wide, qualitative assessment of gender based violence in Sudan

Sun, 18 Jul 2021 03:03:19 +0000

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Country: Sudan
Sources: Government of Sudan, United Nations Population Fund

Sexual violence is a concern especially against women working in informal jobs, refugee and IDP women when moving outside camps, people with disabilities, and children in Qur’anic schools.

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