Early estimates of COVID-19 infections in small, medium and large population clusters

Amir Siraj, Alemayehu Worku, Kiros Berhane, Maru Aregawi, Munir Eshetu, Alemnesh Mirkuzie, Yemane Berhane, Dawd Siraj Abstract Introduction Since its emergence in late December 2019, COVID-19 has rapidly developed into a pandemic in mid of March with many countries suffering heavy human loss and declaring emergency conditions to contain its spread. The impact of the disease, while it has been relatively low in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as of May 2020, is feared to be potentially devastating given the less developed and fragmented healthcare system in the continent. In addition,…

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What questions we should be asking about COVID-19 in humanitarian settings: perspectives from the Social Sciences Analysis Cell in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Simone E Carter, Nina Gobat, Jérôme Pfaffmann Zambruni, Juliet Bedford, Esther van Kleef, Thibaut Jombart, Mathias Mossoko, Dorothée Bulemfu Nkakirande, Carlos Navarro Colorado, Steve Ahuka-Mundeke Summary box • Social sciences research for epidemic response has evolved to provide critical evidence needed for outbreak prevention and control and is most impactful when included as part of a multidisciplinary, integrated package. • Outbreak analytics is a data science which encompasses multiple methods in epidemiological analysis and modelling to inform outbreak response. We propose to complement this with data and analytical approaches from…

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Activist turns adversity into a fresh start for refugee women

Congolese rights activist Sabuni Francoise Chikunda is the regional winner for Africa for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for her work with fellow refugees in Uganda. By Catherine Wachiaya in Nairobi, Kenya and Yonna Tukundane in Nakivale, Uganda | 21 September 2020 To the children at the reception centre, the 49-year-old with a ready smile is a dedicated English teacher. To the women who meet every day to make handicrafts and discuss matters of concern at the Kabazana women’s centre, she is their founder and chairperson. And to the hundreds…

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Responding to COVID-19 food disruptions in Africa: Update for the period of 1 July 2020 – 14 July 2020

INTRODUCTION This situation report is a collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Minnesota – Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative. The aim is to identify food system disruptions in Africa due to the COVID-19 by scanning and analyzing public, open-source information. SUB-REGIONAL UPDATES West Africa (SFW) Burkina Faso • A rise in jihadist violence in Burkina Faso is creating greater insecurity in northern Burkina Faso. Insurgents have focused their targeted attacks on farming groups such as the Moussi, Foulse, and Gourmantche.…

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Expert panel endorses protocol for COVID-19 herbal medicine clinical trials

Brazzaville, 19 September 2020 – The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 formed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the African Union Commission for Social Affairs has endorsed a protocol for phase III clinical trials of herbal medicine for COVID-19 as well as a charter and terms of reference for the establishment of a data and safety monitoring board for herbal medicine clinical trials. “Just like other areas of medicine, sound science is the sole basis for safe and…

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Cameroon Deploys Peacekeeping Troops to CAR for Election Stability

MOTCHEBOUM, CAMEROON – Cameroon is sending hundreds of troops and police to the Central African Republic to protect civilians and build peace ahead of December elections. The troops, under the U.N.’s Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), finished training this week in the border village of Motcheboum. Cameroon’s defense minister, Joseph Beti Assomo, says the troops would foster peace by protecting civilians, election staff, their materials, international observers and refugees returning to the C.A.R. Years of political instability and fighting between armed groups have displaced nearly a quarter of the Central…

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Covid-19: WHO says outbreak in Africa may have passed its peak, but warn against complacency

ADDIS ABABA, The World Health Organization (WHO) said the Covid-19 outbreak in Africa may have passed its peak, but warns governments not to be complacent as countries relax their restrictions. The number of new daily confirmed cases overall has been dropping, although some countries are still seeing a rise in cases. Over the past four weeks, there has been an average 10% fall in the number of weekly new cases being reported, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC). But the CDC warns that Africa is not out…

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IOM Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa COVID-19 Response – Situation Report 11 (03 – 16 September 2020)

Key Regional Updates • As of 14 September 2020, a total of 1,385,918 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, out of which, 25,781 fatalities have been reported. • Several countries across the region continue to confront multiple, complex crises and emergencies alongside the COVID-19 pandemic. In Sudan, more than 557,000 people were affected by recent flooding across 17 out of Sudan’s 18 states, with more than 111,000 houses destroyed or damaged1 . This is combined with polio outbreaks and a currency fallout.…

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