COVID-19: Malteser International sends its Emergency Medical Team to Cameroon

Cologne/Douala. Malteser International is deploying its Emergency Medical Team (EMT) to Cameroon after the country requested international assistance to control the rapid spread of COVID-19. Cameroon has one of Africa’s highest infection rates with more than 10,000 cases and over 300 people reported dead. Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International’s Emergency Response Coordinator, said: “Acting in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), our Emergency Medical Team will be leaving for Douala, Cameroon’s largest city on June 25. The team will be assisting and providing training for medical staff of three hospitals…

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Opening remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Annual Session of the Executive Board

Let me start by wishing you and your loved ones good health. I am very pleased that we are welcoming you to this first virtual Annual Session of the UN Women Executive Board. Although we miss our in-person meetings, we nevertheless are determined to forge ahead with this virtual platform. The current situation has denied us many important events that were planned for the year 2020 in order to mark 25 years of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Notably, it denied us a very important session of the…

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East Africa: People seeking safety are trapped at borders due to COVID-19 measures

A coalition of international, national, and refugee-led organizations in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) have today called on governments in the region to reopen borders for asylum seekers. The organizations are calling on governments to put in place measures that manage the current health emergency while ensuring asylum seekers can seek protection. Countries in the HECA region host approximately 4.6 million refugees and asylum seekers and have a long history of receiving asylum seekers and providing them with protection. Before the pandemic, the countries continuously received new people…

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Joint UN Call for Smooth Transit and Transport Facilitation to and from Landlocked Developing Countries

The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time. It is causing disruption and human suffering around the world. Its far-reaching social, economic and multidimensional impacts will be felt across all corners of the globe for some time to come. The measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in reduced demand, struggling service sectors, falling commodity prices and millions of jobs lost, pushing people into unemployment and poverty. Trade is expected to fall steeply in every region of the world and across all sectors of…

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The Integrated Risk Management Programme (IRMP) – Lessons from Malawi

With support from the Flemish Government of a total of 2.5 million EUR, WFP Malawi has led the Integrated Risk Management Programme (IRMP), which is a three-year project (2017-2019) implemented in three districts of the southern region of Malawi. Over the last two decades, Malawi has increasingly been affected by the impacts of more frequent extreme weather events as a result of climate variability and climate change. With livelihoods dependent on rain-fed agriculture1 and a decreasing natural resource base, the population is highly vulnerable to climate variability and climate change,…

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Health & Nutrition Technical Brief: Positive Deviance Hearth Plus (+) Project Model

Globally, child and maternal malnutrition underlie 45 percent of all child deaths. Undernutrition increases mortality and morbidity and increases expenditure on health overall. Undernutrition has further economic costs through cognitive delays in children, compromised learningperformance, andlowereconomicproductivity in adults. Causes of lower economic productivity include lower physical strength, lower wages, and more days away from work due to illness among adults. As a result, there is a greater than 10% reduction in lifetime earnings for each malnourished individual and approximately 8% loss in GDP. The causes of undernutrition are complex, with…

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Health & Nutrition Technical Brief: Timed and Targeted Counselling (TTC): A Service Package of the CHW Project Model

World Vision’s Timed and Targeted Counselling (TTC) is a family-inclusive behaviour change communication (BCC) approach targeting families of young children, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. TTC encompasses a wide range of life-saving health practices through appropriately timed messages delivered using interactive story-telling. It applies a dialogue counselling methodology based on the assessment of current needs and practices and negotiation of progressive improvements. Importantly, TTC seeks to engage both parents and decision-makers, embracing a family-inclusive and gender-transformative model of child health and development in which the positive contribution of fathers…

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UNICEF Global COVID-19 Situation Report No. 7 (Reporting Period: 29 May – 10 June 2020)

• During the reporting period, 41.2 million households benefitted from new or additional social assistance measures provided by governments to respond to COVID-19 with UNICEF support, while over 28,332 households (affected by COVID-19) received humanitarian multi-sector cash grants for basic needs. • UNICEF continues to work closely with government to modify social protection programmes to address additional vulnerabilities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes helping to expand existing systems to cover households made vulnerable by the economic downturn, providing ‘top-up’ benefits to existing payments, and designing and delivering cash…

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