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WHO Fears COVID Resurgence in Africa, Urges Vigilance

GENEVA – The World Health Organization urges African countries to be on guard and to remain vigilant in their fight against a resurgence of COVID-19 transmission across the continent. To date, African countries are reporting more than 4.5 million cases of COVID, including…

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Institutional mistrust and child vaccination coverage in Africa

Abstract Introduction Despite considerable improvements in vaccination coverage over the last decade, half of the world’s unvaccinated and undervaccinated children are located in Africa. The role of institutional trust in explaining vaccination gaps has been highlighted in several qualitative reports but so far has…

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African Youth Engaging in Peace and Security

Africa remains the world’s youngest continent with a median age of 19.7 years. By 2050, one in three young people will live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Still, 80-90 percent of African workers are still engaged in the informal sector. Each year, 10-12 million African…

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Looming Madagascar Famine Sparks Nutrition Emergency

GENEVA – Famine is looming in southern Madagascar and emergency food aid is needed for hundreds of thousands of people to head off a humanitarian disaster on the African island nation, the U.N. World Food Program warned. Five consecutive years of drought, exacerbated…

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Alarm Grows in Africa as it Watches India’s COVID-19 Crisis

NAIROBI – Africa is “watching with total disbelief” as India struggles with a devastating resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the continent’s top public health official said Thursday, as African officials worry about delays in vaccine deliveries caused by India’s crisis. The African continent, with…

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Biden’s First 100 Days See Few Big Moves on Africa

JOHANNESBURG – U.S. President Joe Biden has focused most of his energy in his first 100 days in office on taming the coronavirus pandemic on home soil. But in this short, frantic period, he has made a few important gestures that have been…

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Displaced Children in Central African Republic Risk Forced Recruitment, Gender-Based Violence

GENEVA – Conflict and violence have displaced 370,000 children throughout the Central African Republic. The U.N. children’s fund says among them are at least 163,000 children who were forced to flee widespread violence in the run-up to and following December’s contested general election….

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UN Calls on Countries to Take Action to Prevent Drowning

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. General Assembly encouraged all countries Wednesday to take action to prevent drownings, which have caused over 2.5 million deaths in the past decade, over 90% of them in low-income and middle-income countries. The resolution, co-sponsored by Bangladesh and…

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Examining Missing Migrants in the East and Horn of Africa Region in the Context of COVID-19

INTRODUCTION Every year, thousands of migrants die or go missing in the course of their journeys abroad. Recording information about these incidents and the people involved provides an opportunity to identify where humanitarian and life-saving practices are most needed, as exemplified by the…

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ICRC Inspired: Drones, Data and Humanitarian Action

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are a valued component of the ICRC’s air operations, used to increase efficiency and access populations around the world. Despite ongoing challenges, a drone’s reliability to deliver positive impact in humanitarian operations continues to be explored and measured….

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