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Coronavirus – Somalia: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO partner to strengthen testing capacity for COVID-19 in Somalia

Coronavirus – Somalia: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and WHO partner to strengthen testing capacity for COVID-19 in Somalia

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On Sunday 26th April 2020, the first batch of COVID-19 testing results were announced in Garowe, Puntland. A total of 11 tests had been conducted with five being positive. This remarkable milestone is a result of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the World Health Organization (WHO) who worked together to enable laboratory capacity to be in place in Garowe under the leadership of the Ministry of Health to ensure needed testing capacity for COVID-19. The achievement was made possible by adding specialized capacity to the existing Bureau of Forensic Science, which was established over the past three years through the support of UNFPA to allow analysis of DNA samples in real time to be used as evidence in sexual assault cases. Based on the already existing expert and technical...
Coronavirus – Africa: UN sets up regional knowledge hub to fight COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: UN sets up regional knowledge hub to fight COVID-19

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As the world grapples with an unprecedented global health crisis of COVID-19, the United Nations is spearheading a digital hub to house information and knowledge resources to assist crucial development system partners in fighting the pandemic in Africa. The virus has caused a global crisis affecting the core of humanity, affecting the social, economic, environment and related spheres, and it is attacking societies indiscriminately. In Africa, the region’s fragile health systems and economic costs can derail the socio-economic development trajectory of the global Sustainable Development Goals and the regional Agenda 2063 aspirations. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) projects that Africa’s GDP growth will decrease by almost half to 1.8 percent. In the region, CO...
Coronavirus – Africa: World’s most defiantly joyful song rereleased by UNICEF

Coronavirus – Africa: World’s most defiantly joyful song rereleased by UNICEF

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Mama Africa’s smash-hit “Pata Pata” rerecorded by Angelique Kidjo to to spread information and hope in a time of Coronavirus NEW YORK, United States of America -- Once called the “world’s most defiantly joyful song”, Miriam Makeba’s ‘Pata Pata’ has been rerecorded by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, to spread information and hope in a time of Coronavirus. Without any alteration to chords or syllables, though with several changes to the lyrics, ‘Pata Pata’ will be rereleased by UNICEF across the globe this Thursday, more than 50 years since the international smash hit first took the world by storm. It does so with full copyright approval. Nicknamed ‘Mama Africa’, Miriam Makeba was a South African singer and songwriter. She was a United Nations goodwill ambassador who wo...
Coronavirus – Uganda: UNFPA helps protect Ugandan frontline health workers against COVID-19 infection

Coronavirus – Uganda: UNFPA helps protect Ugandan frontline health workers against COVID-19 infection

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MADI-OKOLLO, Uganda, April 24, 2020/ -- COVID-19 infection prevention supplies including masks, gloves and hand sanitizers are to be distributed to frontline health workers in Madi-Okollo district, including those attending to pregnant and lactating mothers. The consignment of infection prevention commodities was handed over by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund to Madi-Okollo District Local Government in the West Nile region, in support of the Government of Uganda's response to the pandemic. "The support from UNFPA to Madi-Okollo district is very timely," said Sr. Justine Anduma, District Health Officer (DHO). Genesis Acema, Local Council V Chairperson, received the consignment on behalf of the government. "I appreciate the support of UNFPA, including the programme th...
Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID supports the Federal Ministry of Health in combating the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID supports the Federal Ministry of Health in combating the COVID-19 Global Pandemic

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As part of UNAMID’s continuous support to the Government of Sudan in combating the COVID-19 pandemic, UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative /Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM) Jeremiah Mamabolo, gifted five serviceable 4x4 vehicles, four high-capacity power generators and a refrigerator container unit to the Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Akram Ali Eltom. UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative /Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM) Jeremiah Mamabolo The virtual gifting ceremony and press conference – the second of its kind in Sudan – which took place in Khartoum today reflects Mission’s resolve to continue its operational support to the Transitional Government of Sudan (TGoS) in its fight against the New-Coronavirus pandemic as the country, and the rest of the world, are also battling this glo...
Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges countries not to let COVID-19 eclipse other health issues

Coronavirus – Africa: WHO urges countries not to let COVID-19 eclipse other health issues

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Public health systems in Africa are coming under severe strain as the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic persists. But as countries battle to bring the outbreak under control, efforts must also be maintained on other health emergencies and progress made against diseases such as malaria or polio preserved, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged today. A security guard sanitizes a man in Accra, Ghana Prior to the arrival of the novel coronavirus in Africa, WHO was stressing the need for countries to ensure the continuity of routine essential health services. An overburdened health system not only undermines the effectiveness of the response to COVID-19 but may also undermine the response to a whole host of preventable threats to human health. Even brief interruptions of vaccination ma...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief briefs the United Nations Security Council on measures to break the vicious cycle between conflict and hunger

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) chief briefs the United Nations Security Council on measures to break the vicious cycle between conflict and hunger

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With conflicts, extreme weather, desert locusts, economic shocks and now COVID-19, likely to push more people into acute food insecurity, coherent actions are needed among humanitarian, development and peace actors, to address the root causes  that perpetuate existing food crises, said FAO-Director-General QU Dongyu today. FAO-Director-General QU Dongyu  He delivered his remarks at an online briefing organized by the United Nations Security Council on the topic of 'The Protection of civilians from conflict induced hunger'. Speaking about the global food crises, the FAO chief stressed that it is impossible to ignore impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the food security of the world's most vulnerable populations, and assured the participants that FAO is working at all level...
Coronavirus – Africa: World leaders call on World Food Programme (WFP) to lead COVID-19 fight in Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: World leaders call on World Food Programme (WFP) to lead COVID-19 fight in Africa

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African and European leaders have called for the World Food Programme (WFP) to spearhead the humanitarian response to COVID-19 in Africa, inviting an immediate moratorium on debt and unprecedented health and economic aid packages — otherwise “the pandemic will hit Africa particularly hard, prolonging the crisis globally”. Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron were among 18 signatories recommending a stimulus package of US$100bn for the continent, in a letter published in the Financial Times on Tuesday (14 April), along with Moussa Faki, chair of the African Union Commission, and South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. The aim is to “give African countries the fiscal space they need to devote more public health resources to fighting the virus, while mitigating its economic and social co...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UN takes disciplinary action against staff member who failed to complete self-isolation

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UN takes disciplinary action against staff member who failed to complete self-isolation

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The staff member was in isolation after it was believed he may have come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 The United Nations is taking disciplinary action against a staff member who failed to complete self-isolation and left South Sudan without authorization. The staff member was in isolation after it was believed he may have come into contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19. He received one test that confirmed him as negative and then left Juba on a flight without the knowledge of the United Nations. The flight was commercial, not a United Nations flight. Since arriving in his home country, he has been tested again and is confirmed to be negative for COVID-19. In the interests of openness and transparency, the United Nations informed the Ministry of He...
Coronavirus: Almost a Million people petition for the resignation of the WHO boss

Coronavirus: Almost a Million people petition for the resignation of the WHO boss

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Almost one million signatures have been secured for an online petition calling for the resignation of the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian politician who has led the Uniteds Nations-backed health body as director-general since July 2017, has been under fire over his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 100,000 people worldwide and sickened more than 1.7 million. The petition reads that “On January 23rd, 2020 Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declines to declare China virus outbreak as a global health emergency” although that was done later in March. “We strongly think Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not fit for his role as WHO Director General,” the petition with 853,000 signatures, posted on the...
Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

Coronavirus – Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned more lives are at a risk in Burkina Faso’s Centre Nord and Sahel regions where hundreds of thousands of displaced people, including small children, are being forced to sleep out in the open at the mercy of the elements. An estimated 350,000 people now need urgent access to adequate shelter and water to help them cope with desert-like conditions in remote parts of Burkina Faso. Fresh insecurity is driving more people from their homes every day. UNHCR was already alarmed that a chronic lack of resources was threatening a major humanitarian disaster. The COVID-19 pandemic is now further aggravating what is already a complex mix of crises. UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said that they are in a race against time to prevent more human suffering. P...
Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US$6 million

Coronavirus – Response to Covid-19 in Mali: United Nations provides support amounting to over US$6 million

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The United Nations in Mali through MINUSMA signed on Monday, April 6, with the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs three (3) memoranda of understanding that will enable an integrated and rapid response to the health crisis prompted by the Covid-19 virus. With a total amount of US$2,732,043 or nearly 1,650,000,000 CFA francs financed by MINUSMA, these memoranda implemented by the Ministry of Health with the technical support of the World Health Organization (WHO), outline three projects aimed at acquiring specialized medical equipment and materials without delay. They will also provide health-care personnel with adequate training in order to operationalize measures to prevent and mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the same vein and in order to save more lives, the...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS protection site for displaced people bans visits to prevent spread of COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS protection site for displaced people bans visits to prevent spread of COVID-19

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JUBA, South Sudan, April 7, 2020/ -- Heeding the advice of health experts, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan has forbidden all visits to its protection of civilians site in Bor, thus making it less difficult to adhere to the necessity of social distancing. "Apart from banning visits, we have also halted the arrival of new persons into the camp and their transiting to other parts of the country, as they might be coming from infected countries including our neighbours Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda”, said Makuach Mun Kem, chairperson of the internally displaced people staying at the protection site, adding that the borders to these countries being closed does not necessarily prevent people from entering his country. Mr. Kem, looking at the main square of the area where a louds...
Coronavirus – Libya: One year of destructive war in Libya, UNSMIL renews calls for immediate cessation of hostilities and unity to combat COVID-19

Coronavirus – Libya: One year of destructive war in Libya, UNSMIL renews calls for immediate cessation of hostilities and unity to combat COVID-19

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UNSMIL appeals to all concerned to activate the humanitarian truce immediately and cease all military operations to allow Libyan authorities to respond to the threat of COVID-19TRIPOLI, Libya- Yesterday marked one year since the forces of “Libyan National Army” Commander General Khalifa Haftar launched their offensive to seize Tripoli, Libya’s capital. What resulted is a needless conflict that shattered the hopes of many Libyans for a peaceful political transition via a National Conference that could have paved the way towards unifying the country’s long-divided institutions via parliamentary and presidential elections. The conflict has since escalated into a dangerous and potentially endless proxy war fueled by cynical foreign powers that has now widened geographically with civilians pay...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: COVID-19 case confirmed in South Sudan

Coronavirus – South Sudan: COVID-19 case confirmed in South Sudan

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The United Nations in South Sudan has confirmed a case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) among its staff. The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) are leading the investigation by epidemiologists to test people recently in contact with the patient in accordance with agreed protocols. The patient has been resident in South Sudan for five weeks. She started working from home immediately after the onset of the symptoms and voluntarily requested to be tested to check her status with regard to COVID-19. The patient is recovering well. A full list of people who came into contact with the patient is being compiled, and quarantine and follow-up has begun immediately together with the Ministry of Health. The individuals will be followed up for the mandatory 14 days, ...
United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

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The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica which it reviewed during its latest session. Although the session, which was due to end on 27 March, was suspended in mid-March because of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Committee members continued their tasks, including the adoption of concluding observations of the above-mentioned countries, through distance working. The findings, available online, contain positive aspects of each country’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Committee’s main concerns and recommendations. Some of the key highlights include: Central African Repubic: The Co...
UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

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Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 peopleGENEVA, Switzerland, March 20, 2020,/ -- This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, airlifted 93.5 tonnes of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad from its Global Stockpile in Dubai on Thursday (March 19). The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 777 landed in the Chadian capital yesterday evening.Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people, mostly women and children, to flee violence and cross into neighboring Chad.They arrived exhausted, traumatized and often w...
UN takes steps to support   coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

UN takes steps to support coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

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The Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries affected by local transmission of COVID-19 JUBA, South Sudan, March 18, 2020 -- The United Nations in South Sudan has announced new measures in support of Government-led efforts to prevent and prepare for the coronavirus (COVID-19). These are aimed at protecting the people of South Sudan and the UN staff.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan and UN operations are continuing largely as normal across the country, providing protection, humanitarian assistance and supporting development. However, as a protection measure, the Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries aff...
AFRICA: UN Security Council Press Statement on Sudan.

AFRICA: UN Security Council Press Statement on Sudan.

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NEW YORK, United States of America, March 12, 2020/ -- Members of the Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the attack on Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s convoy in Khartoum on 9 March 2020. Members of the Council stressed that such attacks are unacceptable and called for the perpetrators to be held accountable. Members of the Council reiterated their full support to Prime Minister Hamdok in his endeavours to see Sudan through a successful transition in a manner that achieves the hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese people for a peaceful, stable, democratic and prosperous future. Members of the Council expressed their solidarity with the people of Sudan and affirmed their readiness to support Sudan during the transition period, and reaffirmed their ...
AFRICA: Presence of UN Peacekeepers brings relief and relative security to residents of greater Tonj.

AFRICA: Presence of UN Peacekeepers brings relief and relative security to residents of greater Tonj.

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JUBA, South Sudan, March 5, 2020/ -- Following recent intercommunal clashes in greater Tonj near Kuajok, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan is continuously patrolling the area and engaging in other activities to restore peaceful coexistence between feuding residents. “Since they began patrolling our communities after the recent cattle raids, we have regained some sense of confidence and security among ourselves,” says Cuei-Chok district administrator Magar Kuac in Mayan-Gok County, one of several affected areas. Last month, in a first step to mitigate the situation, the peacekeeping mission established a temporary operating base in Tonj. This decision was made after weeks of suffering, fear and insecurity among residents of Mayang-Gok, Ngapagok, Wanh Alel and Tonj...