UNICEF Gabon COVID-19 Situation Report No. 8: 22 July to 26 August 2020

Highlights • As of August 26, up to 8,409 COVID-19 cases were reported in Gabon as downward trends continue progressively to consolidate with a positivity rate decreasing from 11% to 08%. • With 109,360 tests performed since the outbreak, Gabon has become the most performing country on per capita tests in Africa. • 61,437 people reached with critical WASH services in schools, prisons and transit centres for children victims of neglect, child trafficking. In the framework of reopening of schools, UNICEF had delivered a significant contribution by making handwashing facilities…

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Atrocity Alert No. 217: Myanmar (Burma), Lake Chad Basin and Human Rights Defenders Under Attack

Atrocity Alert is a weekly publication by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect highlighting situations where populations are at risk of, or are enduring, mass atrocity crimes. THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE Yesterday, 25 August, marked three years since Myanmar’s security forces launched so-called “clearance operations” against the ethnic Rohingya population in Rakhine State. The operations were characterized by widespread mass killings, sexual violence, torture, the destruction of more than 300 Rohingya villages and the forced displacement of more than 745,000 people. The UN Human Rights Council-mandated…

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Africa Looks to Tax Tech Giants as Economic Fallout From COVID Bites

ADDIS ABABA – Tax officials in Africa estimate that government revenues will drop between 10 and 30 percent in 2020 as a result of the economic fallout stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. But while businesses in the hospitality, construction and retail sectors have suffered, digital companies have boomed as more people stay home and conduct their activities online. This is driving talks in Africa about how to make sure big multinationals such as Google and Facebook, which do not always have a physical presence in the countries where they make…

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Push for stronger health systems as Africa battles COVID-19

Brazzaville, 26 August 2020 – Health Ministers and representatives from African countries gathered this week for the annual World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa voiced concern over the impact of COVID-19 and stressed that the pandemic was a poignant reminder for countries to bolster health systems. The Seventieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa – the Organization’s decision-making body – which was held virtually for the first time due to COVID-19 also celebrated Africa’s historic milestone in eradicating wild poliovirus. More than 500 participants, including Ministers…

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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (18-24 August 2020)

BURKINA FASO RECORD ONE MILLION IDPs AMID GROWING VIOLENCE, FOOD INSECURITY & COVID-19 Armed violence has forced more than one million people to flee their homes since the crisis began, many of whom are children. Over 450,000 people have been newly displaced in 2020 and 184 attacks against civilians recorded, according to the Burkinabé Council for Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation (CONASUR). Hunger levels are also on the rise due to violence, low rainfall and COVID-19 restrictions. Some 3.3 million people are estimated to be facing acute food insecurity during the…

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TECNO Won the Championship of LIP International Competition at CVPR 2020

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand, bagged the championship after competing with the world’s best minds at its first match in Look In Person (LIP) competition at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) 2020 in Track 5: Dark Complexion Portrait Segmentation Challenge, cementing TECNO as the leader in dark […]

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