UNHCR COVID-19 Response: Southern Africa, 1 – 31 December 2020

Highlights Since UNHCR’s COVID-19 response began in Southern Africa in March 2020 2.7 million people reached with COVID-19 risk communication 466,088 people received additional soap to promote handwashing 1,234 health facility staff and 1,829 community health workers trained on COVID-19 Population Figures 8,527,325 people of concern to UNHCR in Southern Africa, including 767,357 refugees and 311,744 asylumseekers 6,196,561 internally displaced persons (IDPs) 1,190,506 IDP returnees and 24,530 refugee returnees 36,627 other people of concern (as of 11 December 2020) Operational Context As of 31 December 2020, there have been more…

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Discriminatory attitudes towards people living with HIV declining in some regions, rebounding in others

Among 151 reporting countries, 92 continue to criminalize HIV exposure, transmission and nondisclosure—all grave violations of the rights of people living with HIV that also frustrate efforts to control HIV epidemics. These laws reinforce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and those more vulnerable to HIV infection, they disregard up-to-date knowledge on the science of HIV-related risks and harms, and they have adverse impacts on public health. The most recent data from population-based surveys show that while discriminatory attitudes towards people living with HIV are declining consistently in…

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International Recommendations on Internally Displaced Persons Statistics (IRIS)

Introduction A. Need for recommendations on IDP statistics 1. This introductory chapter aims to provide context for the recommendations and to introduce the rationale and scope of the report itself. It will briefly present background information, identify key linkages between these recommendations and other efforts, including the International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics (IRRS) (1 ), and provide a summary of the structure of the recommendations and the process through which they were developed. 2. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are understood to be ‘persons or groups of persons who have been…

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QRCS launches Little Hearts project to treat 40 children in Indonesia [EN/AR]

January 25th, 2021 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a Little Hearts project in Indonesia, with the aim of treating 40 children with congenital heart defects. Hosted by the Harapan Kita National Heart Center in Jakarta, the $90,000 project is co-implemented by QRCS, the Indonesian Red Cross Society, and Indonesia’s Ministry of Health (MOH). The procedures are performed by local medical specialists in cardiac catheterization for children. The launching ceremony was attended by Dr. Azhar Jaya, Health Service General-Director at MOH, Sudirman Said, Secretary General of the…

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Minimum Expenditure Basket in Malawi – Round 18: 14th to 18th December 2020: A look at Food Prices and Availability in Times of COVID-19

Highlights • The total value of the SMEBs for the urban areas and Rural South increased slightly, while that of the Rural North and Rural Central decreased slightly. • The current national maize price average is MK 190/ kg, lower than the last reporting period despite nearing the peak of the lean season. • Overall, the total SMEB remained relatively stable throughout 2020 with no major fluctuations. Background and Context During this reporting period, (the 14th to 18th of December 2020), Malawi resumed admission of severe cases of COVID -19…

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The Cost of a Plate of Food 2020

How much would you expect to pay for the most basic plate of food? It’s something that many of us might take for granted. In New York State for example, ingredients for a simple meal – perhaps a soup or a simple stew – costs just 0.6 percent of someone’s income. Contrast this with South Sudan, where a shopper would have to spend an astonishing 186 percent of their income to do the same. Such a difference brings into sharp focus the huge inequalities at play between those people in…

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EU and UNDP launch two-year project to address urgent adaptation financing gaps in Africa

The EU-financed project will be implemented by UNDP, in partnership with the Africa Adaptation Initiative and the African Union Commission, to enhance knowledge and evidence to scale-up climate change adaptation action in Africa 25 January 2021 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), European Union (EU) and partners of the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) joined governments, companies, scientists, NGOs and young people worldwide today at the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 to launch a two-year €1 million grant supporting the Africa Adaptation Initiative. The EU-funded project implemented by UNDP addresses adaptation…

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UNHCR MENA COVID-19 Emergency Response Update #14 (25 January 2021)

Regional Developments The COVID-19 situation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region continues to stabilize in certain countries, while in some a resurgence of cases is being observed. Governments across MENA are beginning the widespread roll-out of COVID-19 national vaccination campaigns. While UNHCR is not procuring vaccinations—as this remains the prerogative and responsibility of governments—it is supporting refugee host countries through other COVID-preparedness and response interventions. Among these are critical health, sanitation, hygiene and logistical support as well as personal protective equipment (PPE). In Israel, a first round…

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