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World: Amid lockdowns in Africa, WHO launches online training for COVID-19 responders

Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:19:04 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

The video session drew 500 participants and focused on the clinical symptoms of the virus, how to triage COVID-19 cases, treat complications, and manage severely ill patients, among other lessons.

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South Africa: WHO concerned as COVID-19 cases accelerate in Africa

Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:06:51 +0000

Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Source: World Health Organization

With more than 6000 COVID-19 cases reported in the region and case numbers increasing exponentially, the virus is threatening fragile health systems on the continent.

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Burkina Faso: Number of hungry people spikes in Central Sahel as COVID-19 looms

Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:16:37 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: World Food Programme

More than five million people face severe food insecurity across the region, according to a new joint food security assessment released today by food security partners including WFP.

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Colombia: ACNUR y OIM hacen llamado a atender los desafíos que enfrentan las personas refugiadas y migrantes de Venezuela

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:43:15 +0000

Countries: Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

En la medida que las capacidades nacionales se están viendo saturadas hasta un punto crítico, el bienestar y la seguridad de los venezolanos y sus comunidades de acogida están cada vez más en riesgo.

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'Situation of children in Somalia is devastating' - UN Special Representative

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:09:39 +0000

Country: Somalia
Source: UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict

The correlation between violations is distressing. Abduction of children often leads to recruitment and use or sexual violence and once released, children are often detained for association with armed elements.

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IOM steps up response for migrants stranded in Niger amidst COVID-19 lockdown

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:53:39 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria
Source: International Organization for Migration

The IOM is currently assisting 2,371 stranded migrants across the country as they wait to return to their countries of origin through the Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme.

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Colombia: Needs are soaring for Venezuelan refugees and migrants as the region prepares for COVID-19 outbreak

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:04:16 +0000

Countries: Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: International Organization for Migration, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR and IOM urge the international community to boost its support for humanitarian, protection and integration programmes, on which the lives and welfare of millions depend, including host communities.

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COVID-19 school closures around the world will hit girls hardest

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:14:59 +0000

Countries: Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, World
Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Increased drop-out rates will disproportionately affect adolescent girls, further entrench gender gaps in education and lead to increased risk of sexual exploitation, early pregnancy and forced marriage.

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Children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at risk from killer measles, cholera epidemics

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:30:03 +0000

Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Source: UN Children's Fund

Since early 2019, a measles epidemic – the worst in the world -- has killed more than 5,300 children under the age of five, while there have been some 31,000 cases of cholera.

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World: Looming COVID-19 crisis in developing countries threatens to devastate economies and ramp up inequality

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:34:09 +0000

Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Serbia, Ukraine, Viet Nam, World
Source: UN Development Programme

Income losses are expected to top $220 billion in developing countries. With an estimated 55% of the global population having no access to social protection, these losses will reverberate across societies.

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‘Immediate nationwide ceasefire’ needed for all-out effort to counter COVID-19 in Syria

Tue, 31 Mar 2020 02:54:07 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: UN News Service

The UN relief chief pointed out that over the past nine years, half the population has been forced to flee their homes, more than 11 million people inside Syria require humanitarian assistance.

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More than 15 million children and their families in Yemen, Syria and Gaza set to face COVID-19

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:01:00 +0000

Countries: occupied Palestinian territory, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen
Source: Save the Children

Fewer than 730 ventilators and 950 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds are available for more than 15 million children and their families in areas that are hard for aid agencies to reach.

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World: COVID-19: La crisis que se cierne sobre los países en desarrollo amenaza con devastar sus economías y acelerar la desigualdad

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 18:35:49 +0000

Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Djibouti, El Salvador, Eritrea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Serbia, Ukraine, Viet Nam, World
Source: UN Development Programme

Ante la COVID-19, el PNUD busca una ayuda sin precedentes a largo plazo para los países vulnerables. A largo plazo, el PNUD prevé una necesidad mínima de 500 millones de dólares para prestar ayuda a 100 países.

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World: WHO releases guidelines to help countries maintain essential health services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 17:23:43 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

The guidelines include a set of targeted, immediate actions that countries should consider at all levels to reorganize and maintain access to high-quality essential health services for all.

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World: Vulnerable countries face three times the risk of COVID-19 exposure, yet have six times lower access to health care

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 16:13:52 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, World, Yemen
Source: CARE

On top of poor access to healthcare, these countries also face the highest levels of food insecurity, displacement and socio-economic inequality, all of which increase their vulnerability to COVID-19.

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MSF warns spread of COVID-19 could become critical in north-west Syria

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:16:22 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Hospitals would become overwhelmed with a massive influx of COVID-19 patients, while these same facilities are still handling casualties from the fighting as well as responding to other medical needs.

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World: About US$160 billion needed to prevent millions of Coronavirus deaths in poor countries

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 00:01:00 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, Jordan, Lebanon, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, World
Source: Oxfam

In countries where poverty and inequality risk accelerating the disease, the public health challenges are even greater. For example, in Mali there are just three ventilators for one million people.

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Syria: MSF provides relief items and adapts response for COVID-19 in Idlib

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:01:03 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

Deir Hassan camp in Idlib province, which hosts more than 164,000 people in settlements scattered over the hills, is now threatened by the potential spread of COVID-19.

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New digital map shows terrible impact of COVID-19 on school meals around the world

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:48:56 +0000

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Country: World
Source: World Food Programme

The map, Global Monitoring of School Meals during COVID-19 School Closures, provides daily visual updates on school closures and the number of children no longer receiving school meals as a result.

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IOM urges increased support for IDPs amid deteriorating humanitarian crisis, COVID-19 in Burkina Faso

Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:35:56 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali
Source: International Organization for Migration

A deadly attack in the north left 43 people dead and seven severely wounded. Many others fled to Ouahigouya, the region’s capital. Nearly three weeks later, more than 6,000 people are displaced.

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