Daily Archives: January 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

46 Civilians Feared Killed in Eastern Congo Attack, Official Says

KINSHASA – Forty-six civilians are reported to have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a senior provincial official said Thursday. Local security forces have been dispatched to the village in Irumu territory to investigate, Provincial Interior Minister Adjio Gidi said by phone.

UN Refugee Chief ‘Very Worried’ for Eritrean Refugees in Tigray

The chief of the U.N.’s refugee agency said Thursday he remains “deeply troubled” by the humanitarian situation in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, noting the number of Eritrean refugees already at risk there. Filippo Grandi, U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said in a statement Thursday that while aid and food have been distributed at a