Smile Train Partners Resume Life-Saving Cleft Surgeries In Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As government restrictions slowly lift in Africa and communities begin to return to normalcy, global cleft charity Smile Train is working with their local partners in Africa to resume providing life-saving, free cleft surgeries. While the world is different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Smile Train’s top priority […]

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Les partenaires de Smile Train reprennent les opérations des fentes labio-palatines afin de sauver des vies en Afrique

NAIROBI, Kenya, 24 juin 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Alors que les mesures de restriction gouvernementales sont progressivement levées en Afrique et que les communautés commencent à revenir à la normale, l’organisme de bienfaisance Smile Train, qui offre des opérations des fentes labio-palatines, travaille avec ses partenaires locaux en Afrique pour continuer à proposer des opérations gratuites […]

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Cameroon: Entrepreneur aims to plant a billion trees to create local jobs

To mark Micro-, Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises Day, which falls on 27 June, we are profiling five entrepreneurs who are helping to tackle some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues. Tabi Joda grew up in the forest, spending hours playing with his friends among the trees that lined the Mambila Plateau between Cameroon and Nigeria. But as they got older, there were fewer trees to climb amid a widespread and ruinous deforestation that turned trees into timber and agricultural land into deserts. “The scale of deforestation was shocking,” he…

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SADC Regional Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Bulletin No. 7

he 7th Bulletin of the SADC Regional COVID-19 provides highlights of global and regional developments. The world is currently waiting for a vaccine; this report provides highlights from the recently concluded Global Vaccine Summit which provided information on the progress being made towards nding a vaccine for COVID-19. The report further outlines some key impacts of COVID-19 on, among others, the health work force, health systems, trade and transport, economy as well as on climate change and the environment. Trade and transport facilitation continue to remain high on the SADC…

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Ebola Virus Disease – External Situation Report 98

In Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, no new confirmed cases of EVD have been reported since 27 April 2020. As part of ongoing epidemiological data confirmation exercise, seven historic probable cases were validated by the Ministry of Health in the past week with onset dates reported between March 2019 and November 2019. Six of these seven probable cases were reported in North Kivu province across three different health zones; three in Kalunguta, two in Manguredijipa and one in Mabalako. The seventh…

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IOM Somalia COVID-19 Preparedness and Response – Mission Update #13 (14 – 20 June 2020)

The humanitarian crisis in Somalia, characterized by both natural and man-made factors, is one of the most complex and longstanding emergencies in the world. Somalia is currently facing Locust crisis, mainly in northern and central regions, with potential further expansion to southern Somalia, therefore categorized at the highest threat level, “dangerous” whilst Somalia simultaneously entered the Gu rainy season in March, displacing over 400,000. Some flood-displaced people have been reported to return home in Qardho, Belet Wayne, and Doloow. With 2.6 million displaced persons, COVID-19 continues to pose an additional…

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Six Ways Nature Can Protect Us from Climate Change

This month, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a brand-new animation to explain the increasingly popular concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). Restoring and protecting nature is one of the greatest strategies for tackling climate change, but not just for the obvious reason that it sucks carbon out the air. Forests, wetlands, and other ecosystems act as buffers against extreme weather, protecting houses, crops, water supplies and vital infrastructure. The strategy of using nature as a defence against climate impacts is called called ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) – in essence, look…

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Cameroon Humanitarian Response Plan (June 2020)

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is a multisectoral strategy aiming to meet the needs of affected people. It is the fruit of a joint effort of humanitarian actors and partners. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic to Cameroon, the country is facing four parallel crises with different causes and consequences. Needs range from immediate lifesaving to protracted recovery. Response strategies were adapted and built around these different contexts and vulnerabilities and had to be reprioritized and adjusted in the context of COVID-19. Investments made in the collection and…

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