IOM, UNHCR Mourn Death of 27 People off West African Coast

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are deeply saddened at the tragic death of 27 people off the West African coast between the Mauritanian city of Nouadhibou and Dakhla, Western Sahara. A lone survivor has been brought to the city of Nouadhibou following a rescue operation by the Mauritanian coastguard on Thursday. IOM, UNHCR and partners are providing humanitarian assistance such as medical and psychological support. “Despite COVID 19 mobility restrictions, migrants are still compelled to undertake risky journeys”, says IOM Mauritania Chief of…

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Global Humanitarian Overview 2020 Monthly Funding Update – 31 July 2020

The requirements for the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2020 reached $39.76 billion for 63 countries by the end of July. This is a significant increase from the $28.8 billion published on 4 December 2019. The increase is due to various updates and changes during the first six months of the year, and the Global Response Plan for COVID-19 (GHRP) published on 25 March and updated on 7 May and again on 17 July. The change in requirements since last month is due to the addition of COVID-19 requirements under the…

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COVID-19 Disease Response | Situation Report 26 | 25 July – 07 August 2020

-18,614,177 Confirmed cases in more than 200 countries, territories or areas -702,642 Deaths -80,884 Restrictions on mobility have been adopted by 219 countries, territories or areas -1,372 IOM movements cancelled -$206M Received by IOM for its Global Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan for Coronavirus 2019 Since it was initially reported on 31 December 2019, the disease known as COVID-19 has spread rapidly across the globe, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 7 August, close to 18.6 million confirmed cases…

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Global Weather Hazards Summary: August 7 – 13, 2020

Africa Weather Hazards 1. Desert locust swarms remain present across parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda. Swarms are projected to move through Kenya, Sudan, and into South Sudan. 2. Below-average rainfall over parts of Kenya, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, and Ghana has drastically increased the moisture deficit in the region causing in abnormally dryness. 3. Heavy rainfall in July led to flooding in the Niger River basin and parts of Mali. 4. Heavy rainfall over the past two weeks triggered flooding across parts of Yemen. Heavy rainfall forecast next week…

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Situation Report – 200 (7 August 2020)

As the continent nears one million cases, WHO is increasing COVID-19 support to hotspot countries in Africa. Altogether more than 40 public health experts are expected to provide surge support, working with national and provincial counterparts on key areas of the response. The Pan-American Health Organization/WHO Regional Office for the Americas/has drawn upon the Strategic Fund for Public Health Supplies to procure and distribute millions of COVID-19 diagnostic kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other essential health supplies to countries throughout the region. Thus far, over 10 million PCR diagnostic…

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In Cameroon, Hundreds Trapped, Lack Access to Assistance, UN Says

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, says poor roads and the threat of further Boko Haram attacks is preventing it from helping civilians in a camp for displaced people in northern Cameroon. The UNHCR says hundreds of displaced people and aid workers are trapped in the camp, which militants attacked over the weekend, killing 17. The U.N. is calling on Cameroon’s military to help. Olivier Guillaume Beer, UNHCR representative in Cameroon says he remains concerned by the situation in Nguetchewe, a village attacked by Boko Haram fighters last…

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Africa Approaches 1 Million Coronavirus Cases

JOHANNESBURG – The African continent is fast approaching 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with South Africa alone accounting for more than half-a-million cases. World Health Organization officials say they’re sending a team of experts to South Africa in coming weeks, as the health minister warns the nation could see a “second wave.” Meanwhile, other African nations are looking at creative ways to respond to the pandemic. Five months after the first case of coronavirus case was recorded in Africa, the continent’s known caseload remains a small share — just…

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West and Central Africa: Market Update for Agricultural & food products, Bulletin of July 2020

Higlights • In June 2020,the markets in the region were marked by a relative stability in prices of basic foodstuffs compared to the previous month. Price variations hardly exceeded 5% in the region’s markets, with the exception of Nigeria where an increase of + 15% was recorded in some markets. Overall, the anticipated stock-outs, recorded in May 2020, due to the lean season and COVID-19, have not become widespread in the sub-region. • However, year on year, price increases of more than 25% were recorded in Chad, Sierra Leone, Liberia,…

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