COVID-19 impacts youth voices and hampers participation

COVID-19 has upended the lives of students and teachers, and everyone else. For young people the pandemic has impacted both their studies as well as their participation in society. Due to school closures, students have been unable to come together in physical spaces, massively affecting their communication between themselves as well as with teachers and communities. But the new modes of interaction, principally online, have also spurred innovation and empowered some students to find their voices. At the same time, in the pandemic’s social and education disruption, disadvantaged people are…

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East & Horn of Africa COVID-19 Situation Report – #40, 13 January 2021 Update

EHoA SITUATION OVERVIEW The number of COVID-19 cases in East & Horn of Africa region continues to increase at the start of 2021. Migrants including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), are among some of the vulnerable groups most likely to be impacted by the pandemic. Migrants and IDPs are more likely to be exposed to the conditions and circumstances in which COVID-19 spreads, which includes living in poorer and makeshift conditions, and overcrowded settings. They are more likely to lack of access to medical care and hygiene, and have access to…

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How to Spend It: New EU Funding for African Peace and Security – Africa Report N°297 | 14 January 2021

What’s new? In 2021, the European Union will introduce new ways of financing African peace and security. It will replace the dedicated fund that supported the African Union’s (AU) efforts to prevent and resolve conflict with successor instruments that give the EU more flexibility in choosing who and what to support. Why does it matter? The new instruments will allow the EU to directly finance both a broader range of African-led peace support operations and coalitions and direct training and equipment for national armies. Without careful implementation, however, Brussels could wind up…

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How to Spend It: New EU Funding for African Peace and Security – Africa Report N°297 | 14 January 2021

What’s new? In 2021, the European Union will introduce new ways of financing African peace and security. It will replace the dedicated fund that supported the African Union’s (AU) efforts to prevent and resolve conflict with successor instruments that give the EU more flexibility in choosing who and what to support. Why does it matter? The new instruments will allow the EU to directly finance both a broader range of African-led peace support operations and coalitions and direct training and equipment for national armies. Without careful implementation, however, Brussels could wind up…

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Republic of Korea funds a lifeline for conflict displaced and school children in west Africa

SEOUL/DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a $US500,000 contribution from the Government of the Republic of Korea to our operations in Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea, which will help support the emergency response in Central Sahel, and provide school meals for thousands of young pupils. “This generous and timely contribution from the Republic of Korea amounts to a lifeline for many extremely vulnerable people, including those facing the devastating effects of both unrest and environmental shocks,” said WFP West and Central Africa Regional Director Chris Nikoi.…

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World Health Assembly endorses the 1st ever resolution on meningitis prevention and control

Defeating meningitis by 2030 At the 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly, Member States overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling for urgent action on meningitis prevention and control through the implementation of a bold, comprehensive global roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030. Developed under WHO leadership, through extensive and broad consultation, this global roadmap paves the way for the implementation of multidisciplinary, integrated interventions to achieve: • long-term integrated meningitis prevention and control for an accelerated and durable reduction in cases and deaths; • shifting from epidemic preparedness and response…

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Africa COVID-19 cases top 3 million, first wave peak surpassed

Brazzaville – As COVID-19 cumulative cases in Africa top 3 million and daily case numbers exceed the first wave peak, the continent is now confronted with emerging variants of the virus. Revamped public health measures are ever more critical to avert a runaway surge in infections that could stretch health facilities to the breaking point. An average of 25 223 cases were reported each day between 28 December 2020 and 10 January 2021 in Africa, which is nearly 39% higher than the July 2020 two-week peak of 18 104 daily…

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270 Million COVID Vaccine Doses Headed for African Continent

JOHANNESBURG – The African Union says the continent is set to receive about 270 million doses of coronavirus vaccine and wants to see them distributed equitably. For just over two months, a team at the 55-member organization of African states has worked to ensure the continent gets its fair share of the coveted COVID-19 vaccines. Late Wednesday, the team announced they had done it. The 270 million doses are just under a fifth of the 1.5 billion that officials think they will need to vaccinate around 70% of the continent.…

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