Cameroon Doctors Begin Home  Consultations  for  COVID-wary Patients

YAOUNDE – The U.N. Population Fund says many women are reluctant to seek medical care at health facilities for fear they may be exposed to the coronavirus. In Cameroon, a nonprofit group of doctors has started to make home visits, the first program of its kind in the country.  25-year-old Jeanne Ngono said  she has a health condition that requires regular monitoring. But she’s hasn’t been to the hospital for four months because she’s afraid of being exposed to the coronavirus. Instead, a doctor from nonprofit group SOS Doctors Cameroon is visiting her at home. She said she feels safe at home compared…

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A Win-Win: Multi-year flexible funding is better for people and better value for donors

Multi-year and flexible humanitarian funding supports better outcomes and delivers efficiencies. Evidence of the benefits of multi-year flexible funding has steadily grown in recent years; numerous studies – published by think tanks, humanitarian organisations and UN Agencies, and commissioned by donors – point to effectiveness and efficiency gains in programme quality. Bilateral donors have also raised their multi-year contributions, in part thanks to the Grand Bargain commitment to increase multi-year humanitarian planning and funding, but the needle has not moved far enough. As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to increase the…

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West & Central Africa – COVID-19 – Impact On Mobility Report (April 2020)

Migration Flows Across West and Central Africa Nearly Halved by COVID-19; Mobile Populations Economically Impacted **Dakar **– Data collected at 35 key transit points across West and Central Africa by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) indicate regional migration has dropped by nearly 50 per cent during the first half of 2020 (compared with 2019) due to government travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On International Day of Family Remittances, the data reflect the double burden low- and middle income countries bear at this time: the response to…

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Migration Response Centres (MRCs) East and Horn of Africa (01 January – 31 May 2020)

A total of 220 migrants were registered at MRCs across the region in May, a 19% decrease compared to April. Only four out of seven MRCs recorded registrations during this month. The largest number of migrants were registered in Bosasso (169), followed by Hargeisa (30), Obock (13) and Metema (8). No migrants were registered in Dire Dawa, Togochale and Semera. With the growing number of COVID-19 cases and stricter travel restrictions in the region, registrations at the MRC in Obock further decreased between April and May, with only 13 new…

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East Africa – Desert Locust Crisis, Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

• Swarm formation imminent in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia as regional harvests begin • Desert locusts could cause up to $8.5 billion in damages and losses by the end of 2020 • FAO requests additional $78.4 million to sustain locust surveillance and control activities in 10 countries through December KEY DEVELOPMENTS • The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) continues to emphasize the need to maintain surveillance and control operations in countries affected by desert locusts in the coming months, warning that the current upsurge could develop into a plague—the…

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Amid COVID-19 crisis, Germany donates to protect African countries with climate insurance

BERLIN – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread into countries already dealing with the impacts of drought, economic crises and conflict, the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has provided USD 5.9 million to ensure that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) can continue to protect 1.2 million vulnerable African farmers with climate risk insurance. “This donation comes at a crucial time. The COVID-19 pandemic keeps colliding with the climate crisis. While the immediate priority of many countries is to protect people and prevent the spread of…

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What’s Happened to the UN Secretary-General’s COVID-19 Ceasefire Call?

This is an expanded and updated version of remarks originally given to a conference organised by Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 17 May 2020. A conference summary is available here. The UN call for a global ceasefire in response to COVID-19 has lost momentum, but I would begin by saying that Secretary-General António Guterres deserves credit for coming up with a genuinely compelling appeal, and I think the resonance of his…

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Cameroon Teens Urge Education for Peers in Separatist Crisis Areas

YAOUNDE – In Cameroon, thousands of children who fled the country’s separatist conflict in western regions are marking the International Day of the African Child, which underscores the right to education. Schools in French-speaking regions hosting the children are calling for peace so that schools closed in the troubled English-speaking regions can be reopened. But peace is elusive after four years of fighting. Treasure Fomunyuy, a 13-year-old who escaped from Cameroon’s English-speaking northwestern town of Kumbo a year ago after his school was torched by armed men, has joined 300…

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