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Coronavirus – Africa: Women in Africa’s Great Lakes region take steps to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: Women in Africa’s Great Lakes region take steps to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the fight against COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, great lakes
Under the auspices of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, Mr. Huang Xia, members of the Advisory Board for Women, Peace and Security for the Great Lakes region convened the 12th session on 12 May 2020. The members who were connected via videoconference from several countries in the region discussed ways to mobilize regional and international support to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in the context of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and in upcoming elections slated for several countries of the region. Participants included notable women leaders from the region, high level representatives of international organizations, including the African Union, UNWOMEN, the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, gover...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNHCR stepping up coronavirus prevention measures for refugees across East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: UNHCR stepping up coronavirus prevention measures for refugees across East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, great lakes, HEALTH
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is ramping up efforts to increase capacity to prevent, treat and limit the potential spread of COVID-19 among refugee communities across the East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa, which hosts some of the largest refugee populations in the world. Living in crowded conditions, without adequate access to water and sanitation facilities, and with precarious livelihoods and food security, refugees in the region are particularly vulnerable to the virus, both in refugee camps and in urban areas. Kgali town, Rwanda under lockdown due to Coronavirus Following confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan and Eritrea last week, all countries in the region are now responding to the outbreak. While to date there have been no confirmed cases among...
KCCA issues measures to combat the spread of covid19 and price hikes in Kampala city

KCCA issues measures to combat the spread of covid19 and price hikes in Kampala city

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, great lakes, HEALTH, SECURITY, UGANDA
Following the president’s fresh Directives in the fight of COVID19 pandemic among them which included banning public transport for 14 days, decongestion of markets and a warning to traders against hiking prices of merchandise, the Ministry of Health has since confirmed 14 cases of the Virus in Uganda. Kampala Capital City Authority (K.C.C.A) has issued directives to be followed by the people in the capital city in order to be able to fight Covid-19 together as a country. Public transport was banned for 14 days, the affected public transport includes all taxis, coasters, buses, passenger trains, Tuk-Tuk and motorcycles ‘Boda Bodas’. KCCA Executive Director, Engineer Andrew Kitaka Mubiru Private vehicles are allowed but with only a maximum of 3 people, trucks, delivery vans an...
Museveni Meets Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum Delegation

Museveni Meets Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum Delegation

AFRICA, great lakes, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has commended the work and role played by the Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum through sensitization and working together for economic integration. "I am happy that the forum has realized the need for high production goods and services that require enhanced market integration. The more you produce, the more you sell,” he said. The President was on Thursday meeting the Chairman of the Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum, Mr. Richard Ngatia, and his delegation at State House, Entebbe. Mr. Ngatia who is also the President of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, was accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Ms. Rose Malango, the President of Uganda Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Olive Kigongo and the UN Senior Program Management Officer in the O...