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Lebanon: UN and humanitarian partners continue to support response in Beirut

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:34:44 +0000

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

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon has released US$9 million from the Lebanon Humanitarian Fund to address immediate needs and help strengthen the capacity of existing hospitals.

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World: WHO ramps up COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 12:41:16 +0000

Countries: South Africa, World
Source: World Health Organization

WHO health experts have arrived in South Africa to bolster its response to COVID-19. As the continent nears one million cases, WHO is expanding support to countries experiencing an uptick in cases.

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India: Up to 17.5 million people affected by floods and threatened by disease in South Asia

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 04:31:47 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, India, Nepal
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

Half of Bangladesh is under water, leaving nearly one million families stranded. Flooding and landslides in Nepal have left 200 people dead or missing. In India, almost 12 million people are affected.

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World: Safe and continued learning should be integral part of global response to pandemic

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:44:50 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

At the height of the pandemic, 1.6 billion students were hit by education closures. The crisis has exposed the vulnerabilities and amplified social, gender, learning, and digital inequalities.

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World: Directora de la OPS advierte sobre interrupciones en servicios de salud esenciales debido a la COVID-19

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:49:52 +0000

Country: World
Source: Pan American Health Organization

Los países deben adaptarse y asegurar la continuidad de servicios de salud esenciales, como la vacunación de rutina, atención para diabetes, y la salud materna, junto con la respuesta a la pandemia.

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Bangladesh: Education Cannot Wait announces US$19 million in new COVID-19 education response for refugees and IDPs

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 22:42:12 +0000

Countries: Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia
Source: Education Cannot Wait (ECW)

This new funding will be delivered through national governments, UN agencies and partner organizations in Bangladesh, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.

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Scale and severity of acute food insecurity continue to rise in South Sudan

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 21:33:53 +0000

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Country: South Sudan
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network

With escalating inter-communal conflict and recent economic shocks associated with COVID-19, emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes are widespread at the July/August peak of the lean season.

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Venezuela: Realidad de las niñas y adolescentes migrantes durante la pandemia COVID-19

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 17:09:13 +0000

Countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: Plan International

Los impactos socio-económicos, las restricciones de movimiento y el cierre de fronteras, consecuencia de la pandemia del COVID-19, han exacerbado la violación de los derechos de la población migrante, especialmente las niñas y adolescentes.

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UNHCR outraged by attack on camp hosting displaced people in Cameroon

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:24:45 +0000

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

At least 18 people were killed and 11 injured in the incident on Sunday 2 August when assailants threw an explosive device, thought to be a grenade, into the makeshift camp while people were sleeping.

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Ethiopia: Urban populations in East Africa highly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:54:27 +0000

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Countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda
Sources: World Food Programme, UN Human Settlements Program

The number of food-insecure people in East Africa is estimated to increase this year to more than 41 million as a result of COVID-19, including 14 million who are estimated to live in urban areas.

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Philippines: UN and partners launch largest COVID-19 plan to aid 5.4 million poorest Filipinos

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 04:47:06 +0000

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Country: Philippines
Sources: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Humanitarian Country Team in the Philippines

The response plan focuses on supporting the government in addressing the most immediate challenges relating to health, food security, water and sanitation, protection as well as risk communication.

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World: Children in Central America and the Caribbean facing dual threat of stronger hurricane season and COVID-19

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 20:39:25 +0000

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

Displacement, infrastructure damage, and service interruption caused by storms, particularly in coastal areas, could leave children and families more vulnerable to the disease and its impacts.

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Heavy rains cause flash and riverine flooding in Sudan

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:48:03 +0000

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

Government and aid organizations are assisting people affected. Partners are facing some challenges, especially in the Blue Nile, where some roads are impassable, hampering access to the population.

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Iraq: Six years after Sinjar massacre, support is vital for returning Yazidis

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:12:47 +0000

Country: Iraq
Source: UN Development Programme

Up to 200,000 Yazidis are still displaced. Some are still facing harsh conditions on Mount Sinjar, where they fled to escape, while the majority live in camps for internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Más de 70.000 personas han retornado a Venezuela desde abril por la crisis de COVID-19

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:34:25 +0000

Country: Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: UN News Service

La crisis de la pandemia en América Latina ha hecho que miles de personas decidan regresar al país, donde está aumentando la transmisión comunitaria del virus en medio de una crisis humanitaria preexistente.

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World: New UNDRR-ISC Technical Report defines and classifies over 300 hazards

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 07:57:03 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The report focuses on identifying the scope of hazards that should be considered in risk reduction efforts and provides scientifically robust and internationally agreed definitions of these hazards.

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COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates gender inequalities in Afghanistan

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:33:27 +0000

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Country: Afghanistan
Source: CARE

Coronavirus has decimated Afghan women’s healthcare access, and humanitarian aid is excluding women and girls as well, according to a new CARE study on the pandemic’s gender impacts.

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World: Global coalition to tackle impacts of COVID-19 on food and agriculture

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:16:13 +0000

Countries: Italy, World
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The coalition, launched by the Government of Italy and led by FAO, is a multi-stakeholder mechanism that aims to mobilize assistance in support of countries affected by the current crisis.

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Syria on brink of further disaster as COVID-19 cases escalate

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 06:42:46 +0000

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: World Vision

The official figures could be the tip of the iceberg because testing is so scarce. For those living in camps, it can be impossible to socially distance or to access clean water, warns World Vision.

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Burundi: Lack of testing in crisis-affected contexts masks real spread of pandemic, warns IRC

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:45:37 +0000

Countries: Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania
Source: International Rescue Committee

For example, in Somalia, 32% of those tested are positive - in contrast to 3% in Germany - indicating that a huge proportion of COVID cases are going undetected, leaving the pandemic to spread freely.

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