Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Situation Report – 174 (12 July 2020)

WHO has published an Emergency Global Supply Chain Sysetem (COVID-19) catalogue listing all medical devices, including personal protective equipment, medical equipment, medical consumables, single use devices, and laboratory and test-related devices, which may be requested through the COVID-19 Supply Portal. The catalogue represents an initial prioritized selection of items and are subject to constant reviw. WHO surveyed networks of laboratories to map out global animal laboratory capacity around the world to potentially help with accelerating vaccine and therapeutic evaluation. The WHO Regional Office for Africa calls for equitable access to…

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COVID-19 – Global response Fact Sheet #5, Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 – July 10, 2020

KEY DEVELOPMENTS • The U.S. Department of State (DoS) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) remain committed to assisting the world’s most vulnerable countries in fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. On June 19, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo announced an additional $75.5 million to support the global response to COVID-19, bringing total pledged DoS and USAID funding to more than $1.3 billion. To date, pledged funding from USAID includes more than $227 million in assistance from USAID’s Global Health Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious-Disease…

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Almost 10 million children may never return to school following COVID-19 lockdown

World is facing a hidden education emergency • COVID-19 leaves estimated $77 billion gap in education spending for world’s poorest children • Children in 12 countries are at extremely high risk of dropping out of school forever • In another 28 countries children are at moderate or high risk of not going back to school • Girls are at increased exposure to gender-based violence and risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy during school closures • Save the Children calls for increased funding of education, including conversion of debt liabilities…

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West Africa Economic Outlook 2020 – Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic

African Development Bank Regional Economic Outlook 2020: In West Africa, harnessing the youth workforce could speed economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era • Growth in West Africa, poised to expand by 4.0 percent in 2020, now projected to contract by -2.0 percent in 2020 • Demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics increasing, though school enrolment, retention rates poor West Africa’s burgeoning youth population offers a strategic workforce which can be harnessed for employment and economic growth, despite a COVID-19 pandemic that is devastating the continent and global economies, the…

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US Oromos Protest Singer Hachalu’s Death

Nearly two weeks after the slaying of a popular singer in Ethiopia, thousands took to the streets in diaspora communities in the United States and elsewhere to mourn his death and peacefully protest against the government in Addis Ababa. In downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, home to the largest U.S. population of ethnic Oromo, a crowd of roughly 1,500 people blocked an interstate highway for more than an hour Friday evening. The death of Hachalu Hundessa, 34, who was shot and killed in Addis Ababa on June 29, has seemingly galvanized the…

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Cameroon Truck Drivers Stuck at CAR Border After Health Officials Refuse to Accept their COVID Test Results

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – The trucking of goods and humanitarian aid from Cameroon to the landlocked Central African Republic has slowed to a trickle, raising tensions between the two sides. Despite an agreement that Cameroon drivers who test negative for COVID-19 would be given access, testing kits are in short supply at the border, forcing some trucks to wait weeks to cross. El Hadj Oumarou, the head of Cameroon’s land freight transportation bureau, says hundreds of trucks at the border town of Garoua Boulay have not been given access to the…

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Global Weather Hazards Summary: July 10 – 16, 2020

Africa Weather Hazards 1. Desert locust swarms, groups, and bands are still present across the Horn of Africa. Mature swarms continue to move over Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Uganda, while hoppers remain over Yemen and Oman. 2. Heavy rainfall over the past two weeks triggered flooding across Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. There is a risk for continued flooding if heavy rains continue next week. 3. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has caused abnormal dryness in parts of Uganda, Kenya, and southern Somalia. Light rainfall next week is likely to maintain dry…

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Red Cross Red Crescent alarmed at increase in migrant drownings in Mediterranean

Beirut/Budapest/Geneva, 10 July 2020 – Red Crescent societies in Tunisia and Libya are seeing an increase in drownings on the shores of North Africa. Warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 lockdowns are thought to be behind an increase in numbers of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe. Many are not surviving the perilous journey, with 20 per cent more people estimated to have died in June this year as opposed to last year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). IFRC President Francesco Rocca said:…

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