UN News - Humanitarian Aid

UN News - Humanitarian Aid

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UN News - Humanitarian Aid

FROM THE FIELD: COVID-19-related ‘tragedy’ unfolding in Yemen

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:29:48 -0400

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A “tragedy” fueled by the spread of COVID-19 which is unfolding in Yemen could affect millions of people there, an international UN-backed pledging conference is expected to hear on Tuesday.

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Life and death for Yemen’s women and girls, as funding evaporates

Sat, 30 May 2020 22:00:07 -0400

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In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. The agency has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive healthcare in 140 out of the 180 health facilities, it supports, meaning only 40 now remain. 

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Yemen: Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, UNICEF airlifts in badly needed health supplies

Sat, 30 May 2020 11:04:31 -0400

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A plane chartered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) landed at Sana’a airport on Saturday with lifesaving supplies to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in conflict-torn Yemen.  

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Latin America and Caribbean: Millions more could miss meals due to COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 28 May 2020 15:51:17 -0400

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Some 14 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean could experience severe food insecurity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to projections released on Thursday by the World Food Programme (WFP).

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Yemen: Humanitarians seeking $2.41 billion to keep aid flowing amid COVID-19 pandemic

Thu, 28 May 2020 12:55:50 -0400

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UN agencies and their global partners are seeking $2.41 billion to fight COVID-19 spread in Yemen while continuing to support millions affected by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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COVID-19: A ‘new and deadly threat’ for civilians caught up in violence

Wed, 27 May 2020 13:19:35 -0400

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Innocent civilians trapped in violence now face “a new and deadly threat” from COVID-19, the UN chief told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that the pandemic is “amplifying and exploiting the fragilities of our world”.

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Yemen aid lifeline near ‘breaking point’: UN food agency

Tue, 26 May 2020 12:35:25 -0400

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Humanitarian aid projects to war-torn Yemen are reaching breaking point, and some $870 million is needed to continue giving life-saving assistance to millions of vulnerable people for the next six months, the World Food Programme (WFP), warned on Tuesday.

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Guterres commends India and Bangladesh for life-saving work in face of deadly cyclone

Sat, 23 May 2020 14:16:41 -0400

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  The UN chief António Guterres commended the governments and people of India and Bangladesh on Saturday, for their life-saving efforts ahead of devastating Cyclone Amphan, and for the effective relief effort, wishing those survivors injured and affected by the disaster, a speedy recovery.

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Yemen: Coronavirus transmission likely widespread, decimating ‘collapsed’ health system, UN warns

Fri, 22 May 2020 11:33:28 -0400

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War-torn Yemen’s health system has ‘in effect, collapsed” under the strain of a widening COVID-19 outbreak, with epidemiologists estimating that the virus could spread faster and more widely than in many other countries, the UN warned on Friday.

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Cyclone Amphan’s trail of destruction in Bangladesh and India

Thu, 21 May 2020 16:12:27 -0400

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UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday, wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. 

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Syria: UN relief chief appeals for renewal of lifesaving cross-border aid operation

Tue, 19 May 2020 17:28:14 -0400

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The UN’s top aid official has urged the Security Council to renew a mechanism that provides lifesaving assistance to millions of desperate people in northwest Syria, through cross-border deliveries from Turkey.

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'Alarming’ military build-up underway in Libya, as COVID-19 heightens insecurity

Tue, 19 May 2020 14:59:40 -0400

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The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday.

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Philippines typhoon recovery, complicated by coronavirus concerns

Fri, 15 May 2020 14:44:56 -0400

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As Typhoon Vongfong slammed the Philippines on Thursday, tens of thousands of people fled to cramped shelters, raising fears that without proper safety precautions in place, evacuation centres could become a hotbed of coronavirus infection, the UN emergency humanitarian relief agency (OCHA) said on Friday.

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Support stepped up for Rohingya camps as first COVID-19 infections are confirmed

Fri, 15 May 2020 11:10:34 -0400

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After confirmation that the first cases of COVID-19 infection have been identified in a vast and overcrowded refugee camp in Bangladesh, UN humanitarians on Friday announced additional measures and appealed for funds to prevent the disease from spreading.

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Battle ‘not yet over’ against locust invasions in East Africa and Yemen

Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00:06 -0400

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, significant gains have been made against Desert Locust encroachment in East Africa and Yemen, with an estimated 720,000 tonnes of cereal saved from the swarms of migratory pests across 10 countries: enough to feed five million people a year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.

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‘Humanitarian catastrophe’ looms in Haiti, threatening years of progress as COVID-19 takes hold, ECOSOC group says

Fri, 08 May 2020 16:34:15 -0400

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The COVID-19 outbreak could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Haiti, endangering many years of hard-won progress in the Caribbean nation, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Friday.

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COVID-19: UN and partners launch $6.7 billion appeal for vulnerable countries

Thu, 07 May 2020 12:41:41 -0400

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Humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives and halt the spread of COVID-19 in more than 60 of the world’s most fragile countries.

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Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hits

Tue, 05 May 2020 12:56:30 -0400

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Well over 40 million people across West Africa face desperate food shortages in coming months, with COVID-19 restrictions a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

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None of us is safe until we all are, says UN chief at EU push to end COVID-19 pandemic

Mon, 04 May 2020 11:54:20 -0400

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The “most massive public health effort in history” is needed to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief said on Monday, addressing a European Union pledging conference in Brussels.

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Vaccine bottlenecks from COVID lockdown put children’s lives at stake: UNICEF

Fri, 01 May 2020 11:49:16 -0400

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Help is needed urgently to distribute vaccines worldwide amid dramatic shortages because of COVID-19 restrictions, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. It has warned that youngsters’ lives “are at stake” owing to the dramatic decline in commercial flights and limited availability of charters.

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As pandemic encroaches on Abyei, tensions rise over disputed territory straddling Sudan, South Sudan

Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:32:39 -0400

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Sudan’s efforts to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, are delaying the deployment of fresh United Nations police units in Abyei and the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN’s peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Tuesday

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COVID-19: New women-led UN initiative aims to save lives and protect livelihoods 

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:23:50 -0400

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Against the backdrop of the unprecedented global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the deputy UN chief briefed journalists on Monday about a new women-led initiative that mobilizes support to save lives and protect livelihoods.  

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Protect civilians in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions, urges UN refugee agency

Thu, 23 Apr 2020 17:01:34 -0400

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An upsurge in military action against armed groups in West Africa’s vast Sahel and Lake Chad regions has prompted the United Nations refugee agency to call on all warring parties to protect people caught up in the violence.

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As famines of ‘biblical proportion’ loom, Security Council urged to ‘act fast’

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:23:49 -0400

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The world is not only facing “a global health pandemic but also a global humanitarian catastrophe”, the UN food relief agency chief told the Security Council on Tuesday via video link.

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Assistance ramped up to DR Congo’s South Kivu as floods kill dozens

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 12:40:48 -0400

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Aid is being rushed to eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where deadly flooding has swept away people and homes and affected tens of thousands more, including many displaced by violence, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday

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Keep critical food supply chains operating to save lives during COVID-19, urges new UN-backed report

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:55:22 -0400

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A new study on food insecurity by an alliance of UN, governmental, and non-governmental agencies analyzes what is fueling global food crises and examines how, among other emergencies, the COVID-19 pandemic is perpetuating downward cycle for millions.

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UN agencies pledge scaled-up efforts to protect uprooted children as pandemic upends lives

Mon, 20 Apr 2020 17:42:07 -0400

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Two UN agency chiefs are pledging to accelerate work to expand refugee children’s access to protection, education, clean water and sanitation, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe.  

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UN issues appeal to bolster COVID-19 ‘logistics backbone’, warns global response could stutter to a halt 

Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:05:36 -0400

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The heads of major UN humanitarian agencies and offices have launched an urgent appeal for $350 million to support global aid hubs to help those most at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UN staff step-up and step-in to support front line heroes battling COVID-19 in New York

Sun, 19 Apr 2020 06:15:06 -0400

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A devastating surge in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks in New York City, the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, has prompted United Nations staff to stand in solidarity with their host city, by stepping up support for healthcare workers and others on the front line. 

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Migrants among most vulnerable, as IOM ramps up coronavirus response worldwide

Wed, 15 Apr 2020 15:17:18 -0400

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expanded the scope of its Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP), to include far-reaching interventions that aim to mitigate the dire health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, the agency said on Wednesday.

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