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Nepal facing unprecedented second COVID wave

Tue, 11 May 2021 12:17:58 +0000

Country: Nepal
Source: CARE

The second wave is proving far worse than the first with an alarming 47% of COVID tests positive. More than 400,000 cases have been recorded in Nepal with more than 9,000 new cases on 10 May alone.

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Up to 1.3 million people in southern Madagascar set to face crisis levels of food insecurity by year-end

Tue, 11 May 2021 12:16:38 +0000

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Country: Madagascar
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Given the significant loss of livelihoods and reduced access to food for vulnerable households, providing them with seeds, tools and other essential inputs is key to recover agricultural activities.

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WFP and UNHCR roll out targeted food assistance for most vulnerable refugees in Rwanda

Tue, 11 May 2021 10:27:14 +0000

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Country: Rwanda
Sources: World Food Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees

“To avoid [funding] cuts affecting the most vulnerable refugees, we have established a targeting system that will allow us to prioritize extremely vulnerable refugees who depend entirely on [aid]."

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World: Unlock funds and unblock bottlenecks to boost food security in Africa, urges FAO

Mon, 10 May 2021 10:11:33 +0000

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Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

In some cases, food and agriculture receive only 3% of the national budget. FAO found that of this, on average, more than a fifth is un-disbursed due to insufficient implementing capacity.

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MSF tackling second wave of COVID-19 in Mumbai, India

Sat, 08 May 2021 11:11:45 +0000

Country: India
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF teams are treating COVID-19 patients in a massive 2,000 bed facility set up by the Indian government, in addition to ensuring that people living with illnesses like TB continue to receive care.

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oPt: Concerns about escalating violence and threat to children in occupied West Bank

Fri, 07 May 2021 13:29:50 +0000

Country: occupied Palestinian territory
Source: Save the Children

Since mid-April, more than 200 Palestinians - including at least 11 children - and a dozen Israelis have been injured. There are reports of children being detained, injured, and exposed to tear gas.

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Series of attacks force thousands to flee in Burkina Faso

Fri, 07 May 2021 11:50:43 +0000

Country: Burkina Faso
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Gunmen carried out a series of attacks in three separate regions, burning down houses and shooting civilians dead. The assailants also ransacked health centres and damaged homes and shops.

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St. Vincent & Grenadines: Humanitarian needs remain urgent as ongoing volcanic activity prevents return home to SVG

Thu, 06 May 2021 22:45:22 +0000

Country: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

IFRC is responding to an emergency within another emergency as the eruption affects a country already impacted by an ongoing dengue outbreak and the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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South Sudan faces its highest hunger levels in its ten-year history

Thu, 06 May 2021 16:58:12 +0000

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Country: South Sudan
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

According to UN Humanitarian chief, conflict and climate shocks have left six people in ten food insecure. More than 100,000 are either one step away from, or already in, famine conditions.

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UN releases $65 million for humanitarian response in Ethiopia's Tigray crisis worsens

Thu, 06 May 2021 13:24:12 +0000

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

A total $40 million will be dedicated to Tigray, funding shelter, water, health care, GBV prevention, and emergency telecommunications; $25 million will fund operations in the rest of Ethiopia.

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World: Vaccine supply crunch adds to risk of COVID-19 resurgence in Africa

Thu, 06 May 2021 10:32:58 +0000

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Delays and supply shortages are driving African countries to slip further behind the rest of the world in the roll-out and the continent now accounts for only 1% of vaccines administered worldwide.

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Health care for women hit by aid cuts in Afghanistan

Thu, 06 May 2021 09:31:47 +0000

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Country: Afghanistan
Source: Human Rights Watch

A new report documents barriers to Afghan women and girls obtaining health care and the healthcare system’s deterioration due to declining international support.

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Schools and children still under attack in north-west Syria, despite year of ceasefire

Wed, 05 May 2021 23:01:00 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Save the Children

Since the beginning of 2020, Save the Children and Hurras Network have confirmed 37 attacks on educational facilities in north-west Syria. The attacks have killed at least four children and four staff.

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World: More than a third of countries with HRPs recorded more COVID-19 cases this year than in all of 2020

Wed, 05 May 2021 11:59:17 +0000

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

The increase is likely due to multiple Variants of Concern and the relaxation of, or non-compliance with, public health and safety measures. More than half of HRP countries are no longer in lockdown.

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World: Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high, warns Global Report on Food Crises

Wed, 05 May 2021 10:15:42 +0000

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Countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Sources: European Commission, European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, World Food Programme, US Agency for International Development, European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Conflict, economic shocks – including due to COVID-19, extreme weather – pushed at least 155 million people into acute food insecurity in 2020, says coalition of UN, EU, NGOs and government agencies.

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Hospitals run out of funds and supplies as second COVID-19 wave hits north-eastern Syria

Wed, 05 May 2021 09:59:47 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Médecins Sans Frontières

As of 26 April, there were more than 15,000 confirmed cases and 640 deaths, MSF said. But the true number is believed to be much higher as people continue to struggle to access testing and health care.

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India: Deadly new surge in South Asia threatens to reverse global gains against COVID-19 - UNICEF

Tue, 04 May 2021 17:32:24 +0000

Country: India
Source: UN Children's Fund

The very low levels of vaccination in South Asia magnify the likelihood of the virus spiralling even further out of control. In almost all countries ... fewer than one in 10 people has been vaccinated.

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Up to 150,000 IDPs have fled Geidam town, Nigeria, after attacks in past two weeks

Tue, 04 May 2021 16:14:41 +0000

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

The IDPs are in dire condition across transit locations and hosting sites, and urgent humanitarian needs are currently beyond the contingency preparedness capacity available in Yobe State.

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ECHO and FAO partner to assist highly food-insecure people in Afghanistan

Tue, 04 May 2021 12:04:04 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

New EUR2 million intervention to assist 88 200 people in four provinces through anticipatory actions to prevent massive loss of livestock due to La Niña-induced drought.

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IRC extremely concerned about safety of migrants and refugees being returned to Libya

Tue, 04 May 2021 11:26:19 +0000

Countries: Libya, World
Source: International Rescue Committee

Most people assisted by the IRC this weekend were immediately sent to overcrowded detention centres, where they are now at grave risk of ill-treatment, exploitation and violence.

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