Red Cross launches Emergency Appeal for Sudan as deadly flooding leaves thousands homeless

Nairobi/Geneva, 11 September 2020 — The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched an additional funds appeal for 12 million Swiss Francs to support the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in delivering assistance to people affected by flooding. Since July 2020, heavy rainfall has been escalating in Sudan and today, 16 of the 18 states are flooded. Sinnar, Khartoum, and Al Gezira are the most affected states. Teams of Red Crescent volunteers are helping people to move to higher ground and providing emergency support to…

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Polio programme accelerates efforts to respond to new polio outbreaks in Sudan and Yemen

Joint press statement by Dr Ahmed Al Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, and Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Amman/Cairo, 11 September 2020 — “The recent vaccine-derived polio outbreaks confirmed in Yemen and Sudan are consequences of increasingly low levels of immunity among children. Each outbreak has paralysed children in areas that have been extremely difficult if not impossible to reach with routine or supplementary polio vaccination for extended periods of time. “These outbreaks do not come as a total surprise.…

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Coronavirus Global Response: WHO and Commission launch the Facilitation Council to strengthen global collaboration

Today, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, launched and co-hosted the first meeting of the High Level Facilitation Council, leading the work of the global collaborative framework Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (the ACT-A) to speed up the development and deployment of vaccines, tests and treatments against COVID-19, as well as to improve health systems. The objectives of the first Council meeting was to align the plan for ACT-Accelerator as a key global solution to end…

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Can Rural Development Programs Build Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

COVID-19 restrictions have changed everything in northern Kenya. In drought-prone Samburu, government restrictions have closed local markets where families sell their livestock and buy basic commodities for the meals they eat every day. “If the market is closed, it will be very hard to even meet basic household needs,” said Watson Lepariyo, an International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) research associate who has been leading MRR Innovation Lab surveys in the area. The COVID-19 pandemic and the measures national governments around the world are taking to contain it have created new…

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UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict: Attacks against schools as a grave violation of children’s rights

This is a summary of what was said by Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s Security Council Open Debate at the United Nations in New York. Checked against delivery. NEW YORK, 10 September 2020 – “Excellencies. SRSG Gamba. Civil society briefers. Council Members. “On behalf of everyone at UNICEF, we welcome the adoption of this important presidential statement to protect education from attack. We thank Permanent Representative Abdou Abarry for making this issue a priority during Niger’s presidency of the…

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UN, IRC Step Up Emergency Aid to Flood-Devasted Sudan

GENEVA – U.N. and international agencies are stepping up emergency operations in response to deadly flooding in Sudan, which has left hundreds of thousands homeless Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission says more than half-a-million people have been affected by the worst flooding in the country in at least 100 years. It expects the number of people needing help to reach 750,000. The commission reports dozens of people have lost their lives, more than 100,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged, agricultural land is under water and unusable and thousands of livestock…

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