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In Afghanistan’s fight against COVID-19, women in lab coats lead the way

Fri, 05 Mar 2021 17:30:34 +0000

Countries: Afghanistan, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Pakistan
Source: International Organization for Migration

Facing conflict, disaster and insecurity, women comprise 50% of IOM’s health teams and are at the core of the organisation's efforts to screen and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Red Cross urges protection for first aiders amid recent violence in Myanmar

Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:17:53 +0000

Country: Myanmar
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

The Myanmar Red Cross has confirmed that there have been very serious incidents where Red Cross volunteers were injured and wrongfully arrested. Red Cross ambulances have also been damaged.

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IOM launches $8 million plan to stop Ebola resurgence in Guinea

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:53:26 +0000

Country: Guinea
Source: International Organization for Migration

IOM's response strategy will focus on the Gouécké sub-prefecture, the epicentre, and the surrounding health districts of the N'Zérékoré region which borders Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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South Sudanese face life-threatening food shortages as harvests fall by 50%

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 09:19:44 +0000

Country: South Sudan
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross

Communities in nine out of 10 states in South Sudan harvested 50% less cereal and vegetables in 2020 than in 2019. Food production declined due to conflict, armed violence and natural disasters.

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Mozambique: UNFPA appeals for $12 million as health and safety of women and girls at risk in Cabo Delgado

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 08:05:09 +0000

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Country: Mozambique
Source: United Nations Population Fund

The agency is urging the international community to increase funding as women, girls, and youth face increased risk of GBV and increasingly restricted access to life-saving reproductive health services.

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World: UN expert says global water crisis is worsening, urgent response needed

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 04:08:43 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Human Rights Council

“The world faces a water crisis and it is getting worse ... Three-quarters of all natural disasters in the last 20 years were water-related, including floods, landslides and other extreme weather events."

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World: Women’s lives upended, rights eroded amid COVID-19, UNSG says, warning impact will outlast pandemic

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:39:39 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Secretary-General

To mark Women's Day: "As we recover from the pandemic, support and stimulus packages must target women and girls ... including through investments in women-owned businesses and the care economy."

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World: Project HOPE and partners roll out COVID-19 vaccination training in more than 20 African countries

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 16:15:16 +0000

Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, World
Source: Project HOPE

The training includes a blend of online learning modules, materials for in-person sessions, and direct support to health facilities. Participants learn about proper vaccine storage, preparation, and administration.

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World: Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost a full year

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 13:07:50 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

The analysis notes that 14 countries have remained largely closed since March 2020 to February 2021. Two-thirds of those are in Latin America and the Caribbean, affecting nearly 98 million children.

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Ten-year war strategy has turned Syria's hospitals from safe havens into no-go zones

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 07:33:37 +0000

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Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Sources: International Rescue Committee, Syrian American Medical Society Foundation, Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations

Report reveals the devastating impact a decade of systematic attacks on health facilities has had on civilians and the crippling effect this has had on medical system's ability to respond to COVID-19.

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World: If COVID-19 impact is not contained this year, 514 million Africans may fall below extreme poverty line

Wed, 03 Mar 2021 03:04:39 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Economic Commission for Africa

About nine out of 10 extremely poor people in the world currently live in Africa, and the ECA warns that COVID-19 will push an additional 5-29 million below the extreme poverty line.

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World: COVAX publishes first round of allocations

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:38:21 +0000

Countries: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, World
Source: UN Children's Fund

This first round of allocations provides information on provision of doses of the AstraZeneca(AZ)/Oxford vaccine to COVAX Facility participants through May 2021.

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WFP appeals for solution to Yemen fuel shortages that threaten to worsen widespread food insecurity

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 12:49:41 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: World Food Programme

No fuel vessels have been allowed to berth at the Al Hodeidah port since 3 January. Thirteen fuel vessels carrying more than 350,000 metric tons of commercial fuel are being held off Yemen’s coast.

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Surging violence in Nigeria drives displacement to Niger

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:50:04 +0000

Countries: Niger, Nigeria
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

More than 7,660 refugees have fled Nigeria into Maradi this year and another 3,500 citizens of Niger have been displaced inside the country. Most of the refugees are women and children.

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DR Congo: UNHCR to relocate thousands of Central African refugees to safer locations

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:42:29 +0000

Countries: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR and the National Refugee Commission have started to develop a site for 10,000 refugees in Modale village, near Yakoma in North Ubangi province. A second site is being considered in Bas Uele.

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World: Children have lost more than a third of their school year to the pandemic

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 05:01:00 +0000

Countries: Netherlands, Norway, Uganda, United States of America, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children's analysis of 194 countries shows that children in Latin America and the Caribbean, and South Asia, missed out on almost triple the education of children in Western Europe.

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WFP seeks at least US$1.9 billion in 2021 to avert famine in Yemen

Mon, 01 Mar 2021 15:39:34 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: World Food Programme

Without the requested funding, five million people may face cuts to emergency food assistance in May, and another 1.1 million children and mothers may have nutrition support cut in June.

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WFP appeals for $107 million to tackle food security and nutrition in Ethiopia's Tigray region

Mon, 01 Mar 2021 11:09:22 +0000

Country: Ethiopia
Source: World Food Programme

“Three million people in the region are in urgent need of food assistance,” said WFP's Steven Were Omamo. “For WFP to contribute to meeting their needs, funds are needed now."

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Syria: Three children and one woman died in fire incident at Al Hol Camp

Sun, 28 Feb 2021 10:57:47 +0000

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Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Sources: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syrian Arab Republic, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis

The fire broke out during a family gathering among displaced Syrian camp residents. At least 20 people remain in hospital, with six reported to be in critical condition.

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About 25,000 people affected by earthquake in Iran

Sun, 28 Feb 2021 05:06:54 +0000

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Country: Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the country on February 17 resulting in more than 400 houses seriously damaged. The urgent needs of the quake-affected people are tents, blankets, and ground sheets.

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