Digital briefing on USAID’s ongoing development priorities and COVID-19 assistance response in Africa

DR. KENNETH STALEY USAID GLOBAL MALARIA COORDINATOR AND COVID-19 TASK FORCE LEADER AND MR. CHRISTOPHER RUNYAN USAID SENIOR COORDINATOR FOR THE BUREAU FOR AFRICA Listen to the English audio file here Moderator: Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome our participants from across the continent and thank all of you for taking part in this discussion. Today we are pleased to be joined by Dr. Kenneth Staley, U.S. Agency for International Development, Global Malaria Coordinator and leader of…

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The situation in Central Africa and the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa – Report of the Secretary-General – 29 May 2020 (S/2020/463)

The situation in Central Africa and the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa Report of the Secretary-General I. Introduction 1. The present report is submitted pursuant to the statement of the President of the Security Council dated 10 August 2018 (S/PRST/2018/17), in which the Council requested me to keep it informed about the activities of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA). It provides an assessment of the major political and security trends in Central Africa since my report dated 29 November 2019 (S/2019/913),…

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Climate Change and COVID-19 Impact Agriculture and Youth Mobility Across West and Central Africa

Dakar – West Africa’s agricultural sector represents 35 per cent of the region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and is one of the main sources of employment for millions of people- up to 80 per cent of the population in rural areas. However, climate change and its effects, such as the unpredictability and instability of rainfall patterns, have affected this sector, threatening the livelihood of communities and forcing many to migrate in the search for complementary income or better opportunities. In addition, health¬-related stressors such as COVID-19 have a high impact…

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Rethinking Migration Management in a Changing Climate

All aspects of migration management can – and should – be rethought to protect those migrating in the context of new climate and environmental realities. Every day, we read more and more stories on how the impact of climate change affects the migration of people. From the dry corridor of Central America where drought intersects with violence, to the islands of the Pacific threatened by sea level rise and tropical storms, migration patterns are reshaped on all continents. We often travel on mission and have met many “ordinary” people, from…

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UNHCR MENA COVID-19 Emergency Response Update #7 (4 June 2020)

UNHCR MENA published its funding needs for the COVID-19 response on 27 May, to ensure the most vulnerable in the Middle East and North Africa are protected from the impacts of the coronavirus and its spread is prevented. Reflecting the scale of the crisis, and in line with the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) and the prioritized needs reflected in UNHCR’s Global COVID-19 appeal, UNHCR MENA’s comprehensive 2020 financial requirement for the COVID-19 preparedness and response amounts to USD 343 million. So far, UNHCR MENA’s COVID-19 response has received USD…

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UNICEF West and Central Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 3 (Reporting Period: 16 April – 3 June 2020)

• As of 3 June 2020, a total of 55,339 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,194 deaths, were reported in West and Central Africa Region (WCAR), representing 892% increase since April 16th, 2020. • 20 out of the 24 countries in the region are reporting cases of community transmission. • Over 128 million children and youth are directly affected by nationwide school closures in West and Central Africa • Fourteen countries (Benin, Senegal, The Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Nigeria, Gabon, DRC, Cabo Verde) have…

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Confusion, Frustration Reign as Uganda’s Public Transport Resumes Operation

KAMPALA, UGANDA – Public transport and taxi service resumed Thursday in Uganda, nearly three months after they were halted to control the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. New restrictions and regulations, mainly on taxis, however, have left many Kampala residents without a ride. Tempers grew short Thursday at a Kampala taxi park as drivers, passengers and security personnel dealt with the new restrictions. The park, which normally has more than 300 vehicles, had just 15, leaving hundreds of people unable to get to where they wanted…

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Cameroon Patients Flee Hospital as COVID-19 Cases Increase

YAOUNDE – Cameroon says hundreds of hospital patients have fled health facilities after a jump in cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Cameroon has about 7,400 confirmed cases and more than 205 deaths from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Patients say they are afraid of catching the coronavirus at hospitals, but health officials warn that not getting needed treatments for other health issues can put them at higher risk. The highest number of patients who have fled hospitals are in the western towns of Bamenda and…

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