The Rockefeller Foundation Announces Grant to Expand Access to COVID-19 Testing and Tracing in Africa

Press Release No: /2021 Venue: Nairobi, KenyaAbout Africa CDC The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a new grant of US$12 million to the Africa Public Health Foundation to help expand the geographic coverage of testing and to strengthen contact tracing for COVID-19 in Africa through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). “Equitable access to testing and tracing is essential to rapidly identify and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks until a vaccine is widely available to all,” said Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “One year into…

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9 Killed in Seven-Hour Siege of Mogadishu Hotel

Somalia’s government announced the end of a seven-hour deadly siege in the capital Mogadishu Sunday night, which left nine people dead. Mohamed Nur Galal, a well-known retired general and former defense minister, was among those confirmed killed in the attack on the popular Hotel Afrik. The hotel, located along a strategic road linking downtown Mogadishu with the international airport, is frequented by politicians, lawmakers and senior civil servants. Security forces were able to rescue dozens of people from the hotel during the siege. Militant group Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the…

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Is the Global Partnership for Education Redundant?

Or Is It a More Progressive, Democratic Alternative to the World Bank? Suppose a rich country, say the UK, wants to give foreign aid to improve education in a poor country, say Malawi. How should it go about that? There is an enormous literature comparing the cost-effectiveness of everything from buying free eyeglasses for students to paying performance bonuses to teachers. Who exactly should Her Majesty’s Treasury, in the UK’s case, or Janet Yellen, in the US case, make the check out to? Broadly speaking, there are three options, and…

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Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) Competency Framework

In 2010, the former Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) developed the first Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) Competency Framework. It provided a harmonised, inter-agency approach for child protection in humanitarian action (CPHA) actors to develop child protection capacity, measure individual and organisational performance, and help in the recruitment of an adequate workforce. In 2018, the Learning & Development Working Group (L&D WG) of the Alliance began revising the 2010 competency framework. The process included a comprehensive desk review of 93 sources and interviews with 53 key informants. Interviewees included human…

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Hunger Grips Thousands Displaced by Inter-Communal Violence in Darfur

GENEVA – The World Food Program is scaling up food assistance to tens of thousands of people displaced by intercommunal violence in Sudan’s explosive Darfur region. United Nations agencies say an estimated 250 people have been killed and more than 100,000 forced to flee their homes following violent clashes between the Arab and Massalit tribes in mid-January in West and South Darfur. The U.N.s World Food Program reports around 70,000 of the displaced are gathered in more than 70 centers across El-Geneina, the capital of West Darfur. Agency spokesman Tomson…

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Statement – Update on COVID-19: The pandemic paradox: hope and hardship, in equal measure

Statement by Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe Copenhagen, 28 January 2021 Good morning, Today, we face a pandemic paradox. Vaccines, on the one hand, offer remarkable hope. On the other hand, newly emerging variants of concern are presenting greater uncertainty and risk. A total of 35 countries in the European Region have begun vaccinations, administering 25 million doses. These vaccines have shown the efficacy and safety we all hoped they would, and we should pause to acknowledge where science and determination have got us, since…

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USAID/Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance: Development & Disaster Risk Reduction, West Africa – Fiscal Year (FY) 2020

Many countries across West Africa face complex emergencies, frequent food security crises, and recurrent climate shocks, such as floods. In FY 2020, USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) supported programs to address the root causes of chronic food insecurity; improve emergency preparedness and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels; and support communities to build assets, livelihoods, and resilience to future disasters. • USAID/BHA provided more than $76 million in FY 2020 to support development efforts and disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities across West Africa. • In FY 2020,…

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Election-Related Displacement Tops 200,000 in Central African Republic

GENEVA – Violence which erupted ahead of the Central African Republic’s general election at the end of December has forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes in search of safety, the U.N. refugee agency says. The agency reports around 100,000 people are displaced inside C.A.R., with another 92,000 refugees crossing into the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the rest going to Cameroon, Chad and the Republic of Congo. UNHCR spokesman Boris Cheshirkov says conditions are particularly dire for the tens of thousands of refugees in the DRC, who…

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