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  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
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    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 9,457

    51 countries

    442 deaths

    848 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (9,457), deaths (442), and recoveries (848) by region: 

    Central (917 cases; 33 deaths; 30 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (161; 18; 5), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (24; 1; 1)

    Eastern (841; 18; 38): Djibouti (90; 0; 9), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (44; 2; 4), Kenya (158; 6; 4), Madagascar (82; 0; 2), Mauritius (227; 7; 7), Rwanda (104; 0; 4), Seychelles (11; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (24; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0)

    Northern (4,204; 321; 420): Algeria (1,320; 130; 90), Egypt (1,173; 78; 247), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1,113; 71; 76), Tunisia (574; 18; 5)

    Southern (1,757; 16; 55): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (5; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,655; 11; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 5), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0)

    Western (1,741; 54; 306): Benin (22; 1; 5), Burkina Faso (345; 17; 90), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (261; 3; 37), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (111; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (47; 3; 1), Niger (184; 10; 13), Nigeria (232; 5; 33), Senegal (226; 2; 92), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (52 3; 22)

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 457 51 countries 442 deaths 848 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 457 deaths 442 and recoveries 848 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 841 18 38 Djibouti 90 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 44 2 4 Kenya 158 6 4 Madagascar 82 0 2 Mauritius 227 7 7 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 11 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 24 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 204 321 420 Algeria 1 320 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1 113 71 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 757 16 55 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 5 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 5 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 741 54 306 Benin 22 1 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 261 3 37 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 47 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 226 2 92 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 52 3 22
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m
    Africa3 years ago

    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 5:00 p.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 9,457

    51 countries

    442 deaths

    848 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (9,457), deaths (442), and recoveries (848) by region: 

    Central (917 cases; 33 deaths; 30 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (161; 18; 5), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (24; 1; 1)

    Eastern (841; 18; 38): Djibouti (90; 0; 9), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (44; 2; 4), Kenya (158; 6; 4), Madagascar (82; 0; 2), Mauritius (227; 7; 7), Rwanda (104; 0; 4), Seychelles (11; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (24; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0)

    Northern (4,204; 321; 420): Algeria (1,320; 130; 90), Egypt (1,173; 78; 247), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1,113; 71; 76), Tunisia (574; 18; 5)

    Southern (1,757; 16; 55): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (5; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,655; 11; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 5), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0)

    Western (1,741; 54; 306): Benin (22; 1; 5), Burkina Faso (345; 17; 90), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (261; 3; 37), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (111; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (47; 3; 1), Niger (184; 10; 13), Nigeria (232; 5; 33), Senegal (226; 2; 92), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (52 3; 22)

  •  Nigeria and 38 other countries are to benefit from the 250 million funding dollars announced by the Global Partnership for Education GPE for developing countries The funds will help developing countries to mitigate both the immediate and long term disruptions to education being caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The funds will also help to sustain learning for up to 355 million children with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children who will be hit the hardest by school closures to continue their education The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality basic education prioritising the poorest the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict GPE mobilises financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence based planning and policiesHowever the GPE in a statement on Monday said that on the whole there are 67 developing countries eligible for the COVID 19 funding In Africa the 39 eligible countries include Benin Burkina Faso Burundi Cape Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Comoros Cote d Ivoire Djibouti Democratic Republic of Congo Eritrea and Ethiopia Others are The Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Of the 67 countries eligible for the GPE funds 63 have already closed schools nation wide in response to the pandemic Julia Gillard GPE Board Chair said The COVID 19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries Unless we act now to support education systems millions of vulnerable children especially the poorest girls may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over SerigneMbaye Thiam GPE Vice Board Chair said GPE has acted swiftly in the face of an unprecedented challenge These funds will ensure that developing countries like Senegal are able to act quickly to mitigate the detrimental impact COVID 19 will have on the most vulnerable children and maintain the resilience of education systems Also Alice Albright GPE s Chief Executive Officer said We are stepping up to mitigate the impacts that school closures in developing countries will have on the most vulnerable children GPE is committed to ensuring that learning can continue and that no child s education is left behind The GPE said the funding will be available immediately to support coordinated and country driven responses in up to 67 countries and meet both urgent and longer term needs The Ministries of Education and local education partners can use the funds to ensure learning can continue particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable for example by producing educational radio and television programmes and distributing equipment such as radios and textbooks to the poorest households The funds can also be used to support teachers ensure children with special needs and disabilities are included and collect data to know that learning is happening the statement said It added tht they can be used to mitigate poverty and gender barriers to learning which will be exacerbated by economic shock and ensure that teachers and schools are equipped to re open when it is safe to do so Edited By Vivian Ihechu Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Nigeria to benefit from GPE’s 0 million for developing countries battling COVID-19
     Nigeria and 38 other countries are to benefit from the 250 million funding dollars announced by the Global Partnership for Education GPE for developing countries The funds will help developing countries to mitigate both the immediate and long term disruptions to education being caused by the COVID 19 pandemic The funds will also help to sustain learning for up to 355 million children with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children who will be hit the hardest by school closures to continue their education The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality basic education prioritising the poorest the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict GPE mobilises financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence based planning and policiesHowever the GPE in a statement on Monday said that on the whole there are 67 developing countries eligible for the COVID 19 funding In Africa the 39 eligible countries include Benin Burkina Faso Burundi Cape Verde Cameroon Central African Republic Chad Comoros Cote d Ivoire Djibouti Democratic Republic of Congo Eritrea and Ethiopia Others are The Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Sudan Sudan Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Of the 67 countries eligible for the GPE funds 63 have already closed schools nation wide in response to the pandemic Julia Gillard GPE Board Chair said The COVID 19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries Unless we act now to support education systems millions of vulnerable children especially the poorest girls may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over SerigneMbaye Thiam GPE Vice Board Chair said GPE has acted swiftly in the face of an unprecedented challenge These funds will ensure that developing countries like Senegal are able to act quickly to mitigate the detrimental impact COVID 19 will have on the most vulnerable children and maintain the resilience of education systems Also Alice Albright GPE s Chief Executive Officer said We are stepping up to mitigate the impacts that school closures in developing countries will have on the most vulnerable children GPE is committed to ensuring that learning can continue and that no child s education is left behind The GPE said the funding will be available immediately to support coordinated and country driven responses in up to 67 countries and meet both urgent and longer term needs The Ministries of Education and local education partners can use the funds to ensure learning can continue particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable for example by producing educational radio and television programmes and distributing equipment such as radios and textbooks to the poorest households The funds can also be used to support teachers ensure children with special needs and disabilities are included and collect data to know that learning is happening the statement said It added tht they can be used to mitigate poverty and gender barriers to learning which will be exacerbated by economic shock and ensure that teachers and schools are equipped to re open when it is safe to do so Edited By Vivian Ihechu Peter Ejiofor NAN
    Nigeria to benefit from GPE’s 0 million for developing countries battling COVID-19
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    Nigeria to benefit from GPE’s $250 million for developing countries battling COVID-19

    Nigeria and 38 other countries are to benefit from the 250 million funding dollars announced by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for developing countries.

    The funds will help developing countries to mitigate both the immediate and long-term disruptions to education being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The funds will also help to sustain learning for up to 355 million children, with a focus on ensuring that girls and poor children who will be hit the hardest by school closures to continue their education.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Global Partnership for Education supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives quality basic education, prioritising the poorest, the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict.

    GPE mobilises financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence-based planning and policies

    However, the GPE in a statement on Monday said that on the whole, there are 67 developing countries eligible for the COVID-19 funding.

    In Africa, the 39 eligible countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

    Others are  The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    Of the 67 countries eligible for the GPE funds, 63 have already closed schools nation-wide in response to the pandemic.

    Julia Gillard, GPE Board Chair, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is creating an education emergency that could have devastating impacts on children in developing countries.

    “Unless we act now to support education systems, millions of vulnerable children, especially the poorest girls, may not be able to resume learning when this crisis is over.”

    SerigneMbaye Thiam, GPE Vice Board Chair, said: “GPE has acted swiftly in the face of an unprecedented challenge.

    “These funds will ensure that developing countries, like Senegal, are able to act quickly to mitigate the detrimental impact COVID-19 will have on the most vulnerable children and maintain the resilience of education systems.’’

    Also, Alice Albright, GPE’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are stepping up to mitigate the impacts that school closures in developing countries will have on the most vulnerable children.

    “GPE  is committed to ensuring that learning can continue, and that no child’s education is left behind.’’

    The GPE said the  funding will be available immediately to support coordinated and country-driven responses in up to 67 countries and meet both urgent and longer-term needs.

    The Ministries of Education and local education partners can use the funds to ensure learning can continue, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable, for example by producing educational radio and television programmes and distributing equipment such as radios and textbooks to the poorest households.

    The funds can also be used to support teachers, ensure children with special needs and disabilities are included and collect data to know that learning is happening, the statement said.

    It added tht they can be used to mitigate poverty and gender barriers to learning, which will be exacerbated by economic shock; and ensure that teachers and schools are equipped to re-open when it is safe to do so.  

    (
    Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Peter Ejiofor)
    (NAN)

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 198 51 countries 414 deaths 813 recovery cases by Region AfricaPrepares FactsNotFear African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 198 deaths 414 and recoveries 813 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 778 16 28 Djibouti 59 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 43 2 4 Kenya 142 4 4 Madagascar 72 0 0 Mauritius 227 7 0 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 043 298 420 Algeria 1 251 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1021 70 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 756 16 53 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 3 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 707 51 282 Benin 22 0 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 41 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 222 2 82 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 44 3 20
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 9:00a.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 9 198 51 countries 414 deaths 813 recovery cases by Region AfricaPrepares FactsNotFear African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 9 198 deaths 414 and recoveries 813 by region nbsp Central 917 cases 33 deaths 30 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 650 9 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 161 18 5 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 24 1 1 Eastern 778 16 28 Djibouti 59 0 9 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 43 2 4 Kenya 142 4 4 Madagascar 72 0 0 Mauritius 227 7 0 Rwanda 104 0 4 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 12 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 52 0 0 Northern 4 043 298 420 Algeria 1 251 130 90 Egypt 1 173 78 247 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 1021 70 76 Tunisia 574 18 5 Southern 1 756 16 53 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 6 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 16 0 3 South Africa 1 655 11 45 Zambia 39 1 3 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 707 51 282 Benin 22 0 5 Burkina Faso 345 17 90 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 111 0 5 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 41 3 1 Niger 184 10 13 Nigeria 232 5 33 Senegal 222 2 82 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 44 3 20
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 9:00a.m
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    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 6 April 2020 9:00a.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 9,198.

    51 countries
    414 deaths
    813 recovery cases by Region

    #AfricaPrepares #FactsNotFear

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (9,198), deaths (414), and recoveries (813) by region: 

    Central (917 cases; 33 deaths; 30 recoveries): Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (650; 9; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (161; 18; 5), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (24; 1; 1).

    Eastern (778; 16; 28): Djibouti (59; 0; 9), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (43; 2; 4), Kenya (142; 4; 4), Madagascar (72; 0; 0), Mauritius (227; 7; 0), Rwanda (104; 0; 4), Seychelles (10; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (12; 2; 3), Tanzania (20; 1; 3), Uganda (52; 0; 0).

    Northern (4,043; 298; 420): Algeria (1,251; 130; 90), Egypt (1,173; 78; 247), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (1021; 70; 76), Tunisia (574; 18; 5).

    Southern (1,756; 16; 53): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (6; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (4; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 3), South Africa (1,655; 11; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 3), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0).

    Western (1,707; 51; 282): Benin (22; 0; 5), Burkina Faso (345; 17; 90), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (245; 1; 25), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (111; 0; 5), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (41; 3; 1), Niger (184; 10; 13), Nigeria (232; 5; 33), Senegal (222; 2; 82), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (44; 3; 20).

  •   Peacekeeping operations must be able to continue their critical work and to maintain operational capability so we can deliver on our life saving mandates promoting conflict resolution and helping to protect the populations we serve as well as our UN personnel said the UN chief of peacekeeping operations Jean Pierre Lacroix In line with the Secretary General s call for an immediate global ceasefire peacekeeping operations are encouraging parties to the conflict to silence the guns facilitate humanitarian access and to dedicate their efforts towards preventing and mitigating the spread of COVID 19 UN Peacekeeping has put in place a number of measures to prevent the pandemic from spreading among its personnel and to ensure that peacekeepers are not a contagion vector while minimizing its adverse impact on carrying out mandated tasks These include working closely with national authorities and setting up World Health Organization WHO recommendations On the ground we quickly added additional precautionary measures including quarantine and containment of incoming personnel in cooperation with host country authorities said Mr Lacroix Troop rotation halted On 27 March the UN chief informed Member States that the UN is working with troop contributing countries to manage rotations in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus The Secretary General maintained that because moving troops in and out of countries during a global health pandemic is extremely challenging the UN had postponed rotations Criteria are being developed to determine when rotations can take place in the current circumstances and we are in close dialogue with host countries and troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to overcome the difficulties that exist today explained Mr Guterres Battling COVID 19 Arm in arm In addition to protecting themselves from the coronavirus peacekeeping missions are doing everything possible to assist national authorities We are providing multi faceted support Mr Lacroix elaborated such as providing technological capabilities to facilitate remote communications helping to maintain critical supply chains and raising awareness through local radio digital media platforms and during patrols He pointed out that in support of local authorities the Joint African Union UN Mission in Darfur UNAMID has delivered equipment and supplies such as generators to local authorities in north Darfur And earlier this week the UN Interim Force in Lebanon UNIFIL donated surgical masks gloves and protective suits to the Naqoura Municipality which hosts the UN Mission s Headquarters in south Lebanon Mandated duties Peacekeeping operations also continue to implement their mandates to protect and assist the people they serve In the UN Mission in Mali MINUSMA peacekeepers had provided vital logistical and operational support in the preparations for last Sunday s legislative vote and secured polling stations on election day Blue Helmets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped free 38 civilians including women and children who had been abducted by an armed group in the country s east as it aided the national army to repel an attack UN Peacekeeping s ongoing efforts demonstrate that the fight against the deadly virus requires everyone to be united and to act together All the UN peacekeepers who are currently deployed deserve our gratitude and support concluded Mr Lacroix These women and men continue to serve under the blue flag in the cause of peace in conditions even more difficult due to COVID 19 More than 95 000 military police and civilian personnel are deployed across 13 UN peacekeeping operations around the world
    Peacekeepers help fragile countries navigate conflict and COVID-19
      Peacekeeping operations must be able to continue their critical work and to maintain operational capability so we can deliver on our life saving mandates promoting conflict resolution and helping to protect the populations we serve as well as our UN personnel said the UN chief of peacekeeping operations Jean Pierre Lacroix In line with the Secretary General s call for an immediate global ceasefire peacekeeping operations are encouraging parties to the conflict to silence the guns facilitate humanitarian access and to dedicate their efforts towards preventing and mitigating the spread of COVID 19 UN Peacekeeping has put in place a number of measures to prevent the pandemic from spreading among its personnel and to ensure that peacekeepers are not a contagion vector while minimizing its adverse impact on carrying out mandated tasks These include working closely with national authorities and setting up World Health Organization WHO recommendations On the ground we quickly added additional precautionary measures including quarantine and containment of incoming personnel in cooperation with host country authorities said Mr Lacroix Troop rotation halted On 27 March the UN chief informed Member States that the UN is working with troop contributing countries to manage rotations in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus The Secretary General maintained that because moving troops in and out of countries during a global health pandemic is extremely challenging the UN had postponed rotations Criteria are being developed to determine when rotations can take place in the current circumstances and we are in close dialogue with host countries and troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to overcome the difficulties that exist today explained Mr Guterres Battling COVID 19 Arm in arm In addition to protecting themselves from the coronavirus peacekeeping missions are doing everything possible to assist national authorities We are providing multi faceted support Mr Lacroix elaborated such as providing technological capabilities to facilitate remote communications helping to maintain critical supply chains and raising awareness through local radio digital media platforms and during patrols He pointed out that in support of local authorities the Joint African Union UN Mission in Darfur UNAMID has delivered equipment and supplies such as generators to local authorities in north Darfur And earlier this week the UN Interim Force in Lebanon UNIFIL donated surgical masks gloves and protective suits to the Naqoura Municipality which hosts the UN Mission s Headquarters in south Lebanon Mandated duties Peacekeeping operations also continue to implement their mandates to protect and assist the people they serve In the UN Mission in Mali MINUSMA peacekeepers had provided vital logistical and operational support in the preparations for last Sunday s legislative vote and secured polling stations on election day Blue Helmets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped free 38 civilians including women and children who had been abducted by an armed group in the country s east as it aided the national army to repel an attack UN Peacekeeping s ongoing efforts demonstrate that the fight against the deadly virus requires everyone to be united and to act together All the UN peacekeepers who are currently deployed deserve our gratitude and support concluded Mr Lacroix These women and men continue to serve under the blue flag in the cause of peace in conditions even more difficult due to COVID 19 More than 95 000 military police and civilian personnel are deployed across 13 UN peacekeeping operations around the world
    Peacekeepers help fragile countries navigate conflict and COVID-19
    AMA3 years ago

    Peacekeepers help fragile countries navigate conflict and COVID-19

     “Peacekeeping operations must be able to continue their critical work and to maintain operational capability, so we can deliver on our life-saving mandates –promoting conflict resolution and helping to protect the populations we serve, as well as our UN personnel”, said the UN chief of peacekeeping operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix.

    In line with the Secretary-General’s call for an immediate global ceasefire, peacekeeping operations are encouraging parties to the conflict to ‘silence the guns’, facilitate humanitarian access and to dedicate their efforts towards preventing and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

    UN Peacekeeping has put in place a number of measures to prevent the pandemic from spreading among its personnel and to ensure that peacekeepers are not a contagion vector while minimizing its adverse impact on carrying out mandated tasks. These include working closely with national authorities and setting up World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations.

    “On the ground, we quickly added additional precautionary measures including quarantine and containment of incoming personnel in cooperation with host country authorities”, said Mr. Lacroix. 

    Troop rotation halted

    On 27 March, the UN chief informed Member States that the UN is working with troop-contributing countries to manage rotations in an effort to stem the spread of coronavirus.

    The Secretary-General maintained that because moving troops in and out of countries during a global health pandemic is “extremely challenging”, the UN had postponed rotations. 

    “Criteria are being developed to determine when rotations can take place in the current circumstances, and we are in close dialogue with host countries and troop contributing countries and police contributing countries in order to overcome the difficulties that exist today”, explained Mr. Guterres.

    Battling COVID-19 Arm-in-arm

    In addition to protecting themselves from the coronavirus, peacekeeping missions are doing everything possible to assist national authorities.

    “We are providing multi-faceted support”, Mr. Lacroix elaborated, such as providing technological capabilities to facilitate remote communications, helping to maintain critical supply chains and raising awareness through local radio, digital media platforms and during patrols.

    He pointed out that in support of local authorities, the Joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has delivered equipment and supplies, such as generators to local authorities in north Darfur.

    And earlier this week, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) donated surgical masks, gloves and protective suits to the Naqoura Municipality, which hosts the UN Mission’s Headquarters in south Lebanon.

    Mandated duties

    Peacekeeping operations also continue to implement their mandates to protect and assist the people they serve.

    In the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), peacekeepers had provided vital logistical and operational support in the preparations for last Sunday’s legislative vote and secured polling stations on election day.

    Blue Helmets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped free 38 civilians, including women and children, who had been abducted by an armed group in the country’s east, as it aided the national army to repel an attack.

    UN Peacekeeping’s ongoing efforts demonstrate that the fight against the deadly virus requires everyone to be united and to act together.

    “All the UN peacekeepers who are currently deployed deserve our gratitude and support”, concluded Mr. Lacroix. “These women and men continue to serve under the blue flag in the cause of peace, in conditions even more difficult due to COVID-19”.

    More than 95,000 military, police and civilian personnel are deployed across 13 UN peacekeeping operations around the world.

  •   President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union AU convened a second and follow up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government on 3 April 2020 to discuss the African response to the Covid 19 pandemic The following members of the Bureau participated in the teleconference meeting President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of the Republic of Mali President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal and President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe also participated in the teleconference The Bureau received presentations from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director General of the World Health Organisation WHO Dr John Nkengasong Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and President Emmanuel Macron of France Chairperson Faki briefed the Bureau on actions undertaken by the Commission on recommendations from the Bureau meeting on Covid19 held on 26 March 2020 Dr John Nkengasong Director of Africa CDC gave a continental update which highlighted rapidly increasing Covid 19 infection rates across the continent Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus emphasised the importance of acting now to test and to guarantee equitable access to test kits masks and personal protective equipment PPEs vaccines and therapeutics as soon as they become available The Bureau of Heads of State and Government commended the able stewardship of exemplary leadership of Dr Tedros in leading the global response to the pandemic The Heads of States highlighted the unprecedented threat that Covid 19 presents to the health of African citizens and to the continent s hard won developmental and economic gains They also recognised the imperative to establish humanitarian and trade corridors in a spirit of African solidarity and integration Given the urgent need for medical supplies and equipment the Heads of states called for international cooperation and support while up scaling local production on the continent The Heads of States noted with satisfaction progress made in operationalising the African Union Covid 19 Response Fund established on 26 March 2020 to which members pledged the sum of US 12 5 million and an additional US 4 5million to the Africa CDC It was agreed to establish continental ministerial coordination committees on Health Finance and Transport to coordinate in order to support the comprehensive continental strategy The Heads of States underscored the need for a comprehensive and coordinated continental approach and to speak with one voice on Africa s priorities Cognizant of the devastating socio economic and political impact of the pandemic on African countries the Bureau reiterated the need for rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20 and other international partners including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund It is critical that these institutions review their current disbursement policies to display flexibility and speed including raising the availability of IMF Special Drawing Rights SDRs The Bureau also echoed the call for a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa including deferred payments the immediate suspension of interest payments on Africa s external public and private debt in order to create fiscal space for Covid 19 response measures Lifesaving supplies including PPEs masks gowns and ventilators and other support devices are urgently needed The Bureau commended the rapid action coordinated by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Jack Ma Foundation in mobilising and distributing with the support of the World Food Programme WFP and Africa CDC over one million diagnostic tests six million masks and 600 000 PPE items to all African Union member states in less than a week The Heads of States and Government strongly urged for the immediate lifting of all economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and Sudan to allow them to adequately respond to the pandemic and save lives The African Union has repeatedly called for the lifting of these punitive sanctions which the Bureau consider intolerable and inhumane in the present context It was noted that the Sahel region need special attention in the light of terrorist activity and pledge solidarity with the countries in this region who have to fight the twin scourge of terrorism and COVID 19 The Heads of States and Government thanked President Emmanuel Macron for his strong support for Africa during the Extraordinary G20 Summit The Bureau expressed its support for the proposals he raised regarding a comprehensive approach to mobilising international support for Africa s health economic humanitarian and medical research priorities which are aligned with the in African position The Bureau also acknowledged the commitment of the People s Republic of China for its support and solidarity with Africa
    Communiqué of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting held on 3 April 2020
      President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa and Chairperson of the African Union AU convened a second and follow up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government on 3 April 2020 to discuss the African response to the Covid 19 pandemic The following members of the Bureau participated in the teleconference meeting President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of the Republic of Mali President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal and President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe also participated in the teleconference The Bureau received presentations from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director General of the World Health Organisation WHO Dr John Nkengasong Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention CDC and President Emmanuel Macron of France Chairperson Faki briefed the Bureau on actions undertaken by the Commission on recommendations from the Bureau meeting on Covid19 held on 26 March 2020 Dr John Nkengasong Director of Africa CDC gave a continental update which highlighted rapidly increasing Covid 19 infection rates across the continent Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus emphasised the importance of acting now to test and to guarantee equitable access to test kits masks and personal protective equipment PPEs vaccines and therapeutics as soon as they become available The Bureau of Heads of State and Government commended the able stewardship of exemplary leadership of Dr Tedros in leading the global response to the pandemic The Heads of States highlighted the unprecedented threat that Covid 19 presents to the health of African citizens and to the continent s hard won developmental and economic gains They also recognised the imperative to establish humanitarian and trade corridors in a spirit of African solidarity and integration Given the urgent need for medical supplies and equipment the Heads of states called for international cooperation and support while up scaling local production on the continent The Heads of States noted with satisfaction progress made in operationalising the African Union Covid 19 Response Fund established on 26 March 2020 to which members pledged the sum of US 12 5 million and an additional US 4 5million to the Africa CDC It was agreed to establish continental ministerial coordination committees on Health Finance and Transport to coordinate in order to support the comprehensive continental strategy The Heads of States underscored the need for a comprehensive and coordinated continental approach and to speak with one voice on Africa s priorities Cognizant of the devastating socio economic and political impact of the pandemic on African countries the Bureau reiterated the need for rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20 and other international partners including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund It is critical that these institutions review their current disbursement policies to display flexibility and speed including raising the availability of IMF Special Drawing Rights SDRs The Bureau also echoed the call for a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa including deferred payments the immediate suspension of interest payments on Africa s external public and private debt in order to create fiscal space for Covid 19 response measures Lifesaving supplies including PPEs masks gowns and ventilators and other support devices are urgently needed The Bureau commended the rapid action coordinated by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Jack Ma Foundation in mobilising and distributing with the support of the World Food Programme WFP and Africa CDC over one million diagnostic tests six million masks and 600 000 PPE items to all African Union member states in less than a week The Heads of States and Government strongly urged for the immediate lifting of all economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and Sudan to allow them to adequately respond to the pandemic and save lives The African Union has repeatedly called for the lifting of these punitive sanctions which the Bureau consider intolerable and inhumane in the present context It was noted that the Sahel region need special attention in the light of terrorist activity and pledge solidarity with the countries in this region who have to fight the twin scourge of terrorism and COVID 19 The Heads of States and Government thanked President Emmanuel Macron for his strong support for Africa during the Extraordinary G20 Summit The Bureau expressed its support for the proposals he raised regarding a comprehensive approach to mobilising international support for Africa s health economic humanitarian and medical research priorities which are aligned with the in African position The Bureau also acknowledged the commitment of the People s Republic of China for its support and solidarity with Africa
    Communiqué of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting held on 3 April 2020
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    Communiqué of the African Union (AU) Bureau of Heads of State and Government Teleconference Meeting held on 3 April 2020

    President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa, and Chairperson of the African Union (AU) convened a second and follow-up teleconference meeting of the AU Bureau of Heads of State and Government, on 3 April 2020, to discuss the African response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The following members of the Bureau participated in the teleconference meeting: President Abdel Fattah al Sisi of the Arab Republic of Egypt, President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of the Republic of Mali, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya, and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat .

    President Paul Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, and President Emmerson Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe also participated in the teleconference. The Bureau received presentations from Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and President Emmanuel Macron of France.

    Chairperson Faki briefed the Bureau on actions undertaken by the Commission on recommendations from the Bureau meeting on Covid19 held on 26 March 2020.

    Dr John Nkengasong, Director of Africa CDC gave a continental update which highlighted rapidly increasing Covid-19 infection rates across the continent

    Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus emphasised the importance of acting now to test and to guarantee equitable access to test kits, masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs), vaccines and therapeutics as soon as they become available.

    The Bureau of Heads of State and Government commended the able stewardship of exemplary leadership of Dr Tedros in leading the global response to the pandemic.

    The Heads of States highlighted the unprecedented threat that Covid-19 presents to the health of African citizens and to the continent’s hard-won developmental and economic gains. They also recognised the imperative to establish humanitarian and trade corridors in a spirit of African solidarity and integration.

    Given the urgent need for medical supplies and equipment, the Heads of states called for international cooperation and support while up-scaling local production on the continent.

    The Heads of States noted with satisfaction progress made in operationalising the African Union Covid-19 Response Fund established on 26 March 2020 to which members pledged the sum of US$12.5 million and an additional US$4.5million to the Africa CDC.

    It was agreed to establish continental ministerial coordination committees on Health, Finance and Transport to coordinate in order to support the comprehensive continental strategy.

    The Heads of States underscored the need for a comprehensive and coordinated continental approach, and to speak with one voice on Africa’s priorities.

    Cognizant of the devastating socio-economic and political impact of the pandemic on African countries, the Bureau reiterated the need for rapid and concrete support as pledged by the G20 and other international partners, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It is critical that these institutions review their current disbursement policies to display flexibility and speed, including raising the availability of IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). The Bureau also echoed the call for a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa, including, deferred payments, the immediate suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external public and private debt in order to create fiscal space for Covid-19 response measures.

    Lifesaving supplies including PPEs, masks, gowns, and ventilators and other support devices are urgently needed. The Bureau commended the rapid action coordinated by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Jack Ma Foundation in mobilising and distributing, with the support of the World Food Programme (WFP) and Africa CDC, over one million diagnostic tests, six million masks and 600,000 PPE items to all African Union member states in less than a week.

    The Heads of States and Government strongly urged for the immediate lifting of all economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe and Sudan to allow them to adequately respond to the pandemic and save lives. The African Union has repeatedly called for the lifting of these punitive sanctions, which the Bureau consider intolerable and inhumane in the present context.

    It was noted that the Sahel region need special attention in the light of terrorist activity, and pledge solidarity with the countries in this region who have to fight the twin scourge of terrorism and COVID-19.

    The Heads of States and Government thanked President Emmanuel Macron for his strong support for Africa during the Extraordinary G20 Summit. The Bureau expressed its support for the proposals he raised regarding a comprehensive approach to mobilising international support for Africa’s health, economic, humanitarian, and medical research priorities, which are aligned with the in African position. The Bureau also acknowledged the commitment of the People’s Republic of China for its support and solidarity with Africa.

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 8 536 50 countries 360 deaths 710 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 50 reporting COVID 19 cases 8 536 deaths 360 and recoveries 710 by region nbsp Central 766 cases 32 deaths 28 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 509 8 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 154 18 3 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 21 1 1 Eastern 707 14 23 Djibouti 51 0 8 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 38 0 4 Kenya 126 4 4 Madagascar 70 0 0 Mauritius 196 7 0 Rwanda 102 0 0 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 Sudan 10 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 48 0 0 Northern 3 837 255 391 Algeria 1 171 105 77 Egypt 1 170 71 241 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 919 59 66 Tunisia 553 18 5 Southern 1 682 14 51 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 4 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 14 0 2 South Africa 1 585 9 45 Zambia 39 1 2 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 541 45 217 Benin 16 0 2 Burkina Faso 318 16 66 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 52 0 1 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 10 1 3 Mali 39 3 0 Niger 144 8 0 Nigeria 214 4 25 Senegal 219 2 72 Sierra Leone 4 0 0 Togo 41 3 18
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 5 April 2020 9:00a.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 8 536 50 countries 360 deaths 710 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 50 reporting COVID 19 cases 8 536 deaths 360 and recoveries 710 by region nbsp Central 766 cases 32 deaths 28 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 509 8 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 154 18 3 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 21 1 1 Eastern 707 14 23 Djibouti 51 0 8 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 38 0 4 Kenya 126 4 4 Madagascar 70 0 0 Mauritius 196 7 0 Rwanda 102 0 0 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 Sudan 10 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 48 0 0 Northern 3 837 255 391 Algeria 1 171 105 77 Egypt 1 170 71 241 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 919 59 66 Tunisia 553 18 5 Southern 1 682 14 51 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 4 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 14 0 2 South Africa 1 585 9 45 Zambia 39 1 2 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 541 45 217 Benin 16 0 2 Burkina Faso 318 16 66 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 52 0 1 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 10 1 3 Mali 39 3 0 Niger 144 8 0 Nigeria 214 4 25 Senegal 219 2 72 Sierra Leone 4 0 0 Togo 41 3 18
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 5 April 2020 9:00a.m
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    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 5 April 2020 9:00a.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 8,536

    50 countries

    360 deaths

    710 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (50) reporting COVID-19 cases (8,536), deaths (360), and recoveries (710) by region: 

    Central (766 cases; 32 deaths; 28 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (509; 8; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (154; 18; 3), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (21; 1; 1)

    Eastern (707; 14; 23): Djibouti (51; 0; 8), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (38; 0; 4), Kenya (126; 4; 4), Madagascar (70; 0; 0), Mauritius (196; 7; 0), Rwanda (102; 0; 0), Seychelles (10; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), Sudan (10; 2; 3), Tanzania (20; 1; 3), Uganda (48; 0; 0)

    Northern (3,837; 255; 391): Algeria (1,171; 105; 77), Egypt (1,170; 71; 241), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (919; 59; 66), Tunisia (553; 18; 5)

    Southern (1,682; 14; 51): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (4; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (4; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (14; 0; 2), South Africa (1,585; 9; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 2), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0)

    Western (1,541; 45; 217): Benin (16; 0; 2), Burkina Faso (318; 16; 66), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (245; 1; 25), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (52; 0; 1), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (10; 1; 3), Mali (39; 3; 0), Niger (144; 8; 0), Nigeria (214; 4; 25), Senegal (219; 2; 72), Sierra Leone (4; 0; 0), Togo (41; 3; 18)

  •  Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 8 736 50 countries 399 deaths 747 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 8 736 deaths 399 and recoveries 747 by region nbsp Central 766 cases 32 deaths 28 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 509 8 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 154 18 3 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 21 1 1 Eastern 762 15 27 Djibouti 51 0 8 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 43 1 4 Kenya 142 4 4 Madagascar 72 0 0 Mauritius 227 7 0 Rwanda 102 0 4 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 10 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 48 0 0 Northern 3 959 290 408 Algeria 1 251 130 90 Egypt 1 170 71 241 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 961 69 70 Tunisia 553 18 5 Southern 1 684 14 53 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 4 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 16 0 2 South Africa 1 585 9 45 Zambia 39 1 3 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 565 48 231 Benin 16 0 2 Burkina Faso 318 16 66 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 52 0 1 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 39 3 0 Niger 144 8 0 Nigeria 224 5 27 Senegal 222 2 82 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 44 3 20
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 5 April 2020 5:00p.m
     Total number nbsp positive cases in Africa nbsp 8 736 50 countries 399 deaths 747 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 51 reporting COVID 19 cases 8 736 deaths 399 and recoveries 747 by region nbsp Central 766 cases 32 deaths 28 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 509 8 17 Central African Republic 9 0 3 Chad 9 0 1 Congo 45 5 2 DRC 154 18 3 Equatorial Guinea 16 0 1 Gabon 21 1 1 Eastern 762 15 27 Djibouti 51 0 8 Eritrea 29 0 0 Ethiopia 43 1 4 Kenya 142 4 4 Madagascar 72 0 0 Mauritius 227 7 0 Rwanda 102 0 4 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 7 0 1 South Sudan 1 0 0 Sudan 10 2 3 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 48 0 0 Northern 3 959 290 408 Algeria 1 251 130 90 Egypt 1 170 71 241 Libya 18 1 0 Mauritania 6 1 2 Morocco 961 69 70 Tunisia 553 18 5 Southern 1 684 14 53 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 4 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 4 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 1 nbsp Namibia 16 0 2 South Africa 1 585 9 45 Zambia 39 1 3 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 565 48 231 Benin 16 0 2 Burkina Faso 318 16 66 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 245 1 25 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 214 5 3 Guinea 52 0 1 Guinea Bissau 18 0 0 Liberia 13 3 3 Mali 39 3 0 Niger 144 8 0 Nigeria 224 5 27 Senegal 222 2 82 Sierra Leone 6 0 0 Togo 44 3 20
    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 5 April 2020 5:00p.m
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    Africa – COVID-19 Surveillance Update: 5 April 2020 5:00p.m


    Total number positive cases in #Africa 8,736

    50 countries

    399 deaths

    747 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (51) reporting COVID-19 cases (8,736), deaths (399), and recoveries (747) by region: 

    Central (766 cases; 32 deaths; 28 recoveries):  Burundi (3; 0; 0), Cameroon (509; 8; 17), Central African Republic (9; 0; 3), Chad (9; 0; 1), Congo (45; 5; 2), DRC (154; 18; 3), Equatorial Guinea (16; 0; 1), Gabon (21; 1; 1)

    Eastern (762; 15; 27): Djibouti (51; 0; 8), Eritrea (29; 0; 0), Ethiopia (43; 1; 4), Kenya (142; 4; 4), Madagascar (72; 0; 0), Mauritius (227; 7; 0), Rwanda (102; 0; 4), Seychelles (10; 0; 0), Somalia (7; 0; 1), South Sudan (1; 0; 0), Sudan (10; 2; 3), Tanzania (20; 1; 3), Uganda (48; 0; 0)

    Northern (3,959; 290; 408): Algeria (1,251; 130; 90), Egypt (1,170; 71; 241), Libya (18; 1; 0), Mauritania (6; 1; 2), Morocco (961; 69; 70), Tunisia (553; 18; 5)

    Southern (1,684; 14; 53): Angola (8; 2; 0), Botswana (4; 1; 0), Eswatini (9; 0; 1), Malawi (4; 0; 0), Mozambique (10; 0; 1), Namibia (16; 0; 2), South Africa (1,585; 9; 45), Zambia (39; 1; 3), Zimbabwe (9; 1; 0)

    Western (1,565; 48; 231): Benin (16; 0; 2), Burkina Faso (318; 16; 66), Cape Verde (6; 1; 0), Côte d'Ivoire (245; 1; 25), Gambia (4; 1; 2), Ghana (214; 5; 3), Guinea (52; 0; 1), Guinea-Bissau (18; 0; 0), Liberia (13; 3; 3), Mali (39; 3; 0), Niger (144; 8; 0), Nigeria (224; 5; 27), Senegal (222; 2; 82), Sierra Leone (6; 0; 0), Togo (44; 3; 20)

  •  Total number positive cases in Africa 7 028 50 countries nbsp 289 deaths nbsp 592 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 50 reporting COVID 19 cases 7 123 deaths 289 and recoveries 592 by region nbsp nbsp Central 535 cases 24 deaths 20 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 306 7 10 Central African Republic 8 0 3 Chad 7 0 0 Congo 41 3 2 DRC 134 13 3 Equatorial Guinea 15 0 1 Gabon 21 1 1 Eastern 643 14 16 Djibouti 41 0 2 Eritrea 22 0 0 Ethiopia 35 0 4 Kenya 122 3 4 Madagascar 65 0 0 Mauritius 186 7 0 Rwanda 84 0 0 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 5 0 1 Sudan 8 2 2 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 45 0 0 Northern 3 057 203 332 Algeria 986 83 77 Egypt 865 58 201 Libya 11 1 0 Mauritania 5 0 0 Morocco 735 47 49 Tunisia 455 14 5 Southern 1 558 10 48 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 4 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 3 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 0 nbsp Namibia 14 0 2 South Africa 1 462 5 45 Zambia 39 1 0 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 330 38 176 Benin 16 0 2 Burkina Faso 288 16 50 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 194 1 15 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 204 5 3 Guinea 30 0 1 Guinea Bissau 9 0 0 Liberia 6 0 0 Mali 36 3 0 Niger 98 5 0 Nigeria 190 2 20 Senegal 207 1 66 Sierra Leone 2 0 0 Togo 40 3 17
    Africa: COVID-19 Surveillance Update -3 April 2020 5:00p.m
     Total number positive cases in Africa 7 028 50 countries nbsp 289 deaths nbsp 592 recovery cases by Region African Union Member States 50 reporting COVID 19 cases 7 123 deaths 289 and recoveries 592 by region nbsp nbsp Central 535 cases 24 deaths 20 recoveries nbsp Burundi 3 0 0 Cameroon 306 7 10 Central African Republic 8 0 3 Chad 7 0 0 Congo 41 3 2 DRC 134 13 3 Equatorial Guinea 15 0 1 Gabon 21 1 1 Eastern 643 14 16 Djibouti 41 0 2 Eritrea 22 0 0 Ethiopia 35 0 4 Kenya 122 3 4 Madagascar 65 0 0 Mauritius 186 7 0 Rwanda 84 0 0 Seychelles 10 0 0 Somalia 5 0 1 Sudan 8 2 2 Tanzania 20 1 3 Uganda 45 0 0 Northern 3 057 203 332 Algeria 986 83 77 Egypt 865 58 201 Libya 11 1 0 Mauritania 5 0 0 Morocco 735 47 49 Tunisia 455 14 5 Southern 1 558 10 48 Angola 8 2 0 Botswana 4 1 0 Eswatini 9 0 1 Malawi 3 0 0 Mozambique 10 0 0 nbsp Namibia 14 0 2 South Africa 1 462 5 45 Zambia 39 1 0 Zimbabwe 9 1 0 Western 1 330 38 176 Benin 16 0 2 Burkina Faso 288 16 50 Cape Verde 6 1 0 C ocirc te d 039 Ivoire 194 1 15 Gambia 4 1 2 Ghana 204 5 3 Guinea 30 0 1 Guinea Bissau 9 0 0 Liberia 6 0 0 Mali 36 3 0 Niger 98 5 0 Nigeria 190 2 20 Senegal 207 1 66 Sierra Leone 2 0 0 Togo 40 3 17
    Africa: COVID-19 Surveillance Update -3 April 2020 5:00p.m
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    Africa: COVID-19 Surveillance Update -3 April 2020 5:00p.m


    Total number positive cases in Africa 7,028 50 countries  289 deaths  592 recovery cases by Region

    African Union Member States (50) reporting COVID-19 cases (7,123), deaths (289), and recoveries (592) by region:   

    Central (535 cases, 24 deaths, 20 recoveries):  Burundi (3, 0, 0), Cameroon (306, 7, 10), Central African Republic (8, 0, 3), Chad (7, 0, 0), Congo (41, 3, 2), DRC (134, 13, 3), Equatorial Guinea (15, 0, 1), Gabon (21, 1, 1)

    Eastern (643, 14, 16): Djibouti (41, 0, 2), Eritrea (22, 0, 0), Ethiopia (35, 0, 4), Kenya (122, 3, 4), Madagascar (65, 0, 0), Mauritius (186, 7, 0), Rwanda (84, 0, 0), Seychelles (10, 0, 0), Somalia (5, 0, 1), Sudan (8, 2, 2), Tanzania (20, 1, 3), Uganda (45, 0, 0)

    Northern (3,057, 203, 332): Algeria (986, 83, 77), Egypt (865, 58, 201), Libya (11, 1, 0), Mauritania (5, 0, 0), Morocco (735, 47, 49), Tunisia (455, 14, 5)

    Southern (1,558, 10, 48): Angola (8, 2, 0), Botswana (4, 1, 0), Eswatini (9, 0, 1), Malawi, (3,0,0), Mozambique (10, 0, 0),  Namibia (14, 0, 2), South Africa (1,462, 5, 45), Zambia (39, 1, 0), Zimbabwe (9, 1, 0)

    Western (1,330, 38, 176): Benin (16, 0, 2), Burkina Faso (288, 16, 50), Cape Verde (6, 1, 0), Côte d'Ivoire (194, 1, 15), Gambia (4, 1, 2), Ghana (204, 5, 3), Guinea (30, 0, 1), Guinea-Bissau (9, 0, 0), Liberia (6, 0, 0), Mali (36, 3, 0), Niger (98, 5, 0), Nigeria (190, 2, 20), Senegal (207, 1, 66), Sierra Leone (2, 0, 0), Togo (40, 3, 17)

  •   Across the Central Sahel in Africa encompassing Burkina Faso Mali and Niger more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season according to data released by WFP and other humanitarian partners Drought and violent extremists Humanitarians have repeatedly warned that chronic insecurity linked to successive drought and violent extremists who exploit the lack of a strong State presence have created an avoidable crisis which WFP said has now extended to the coastal countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia Forecasts indicate that Burkina Faso will see food insecurity more than triple to more than 2 1 million people in June up from at least 680 000 at the same time last year The number of people going hungry is also expected to rise in Mali with 1 3 million people vulnerable along with two million people in Niger Unprecedented vulnerability during lean season For the lean season in the upcoming months June to September the analysis concluded that we are going from 10 8 million people declared food insecure last year to 19 1 million people in 2020 said Eric Branckaert WFP Senior Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping VAM Adviser speaking to journalists via videoconference This is an increase of 77 per cent since last year and it is unprecedented Citing Burkina Faso s experience as illustrative of the plight facing its Sahel neighbours Alexandre Lecuziat WFP Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Adviser said in English and French that it was one of the most or the fastest growing displaced population crisis in the world It s a country that virtually had no IDPs internally displaced populations 18 months ago and now the latest official figures are in excess of 800 000 people displaced Speaking via videoconference Mr Lecuziat said that although WFP has access across the Sahel to populations in need the agency is extremely concerned about the impact of the new coronavirus on a region with one of the weakest healthcare systems in the world If it emerges in a similar way to much of the rest of the world it will lead to a serious deterioration in people s resilience as markets and borders close preventing herders from moving their animals to fresh pasture he explained Aid delivery changes to keep everyone safe Social distancing measures have already been implemented by WFP and its partners during aid deliveries in a bid to keep staff and communities safe We need to limit the number of people that gather so we need to fragment the number of sites of distribution Mr Lecuziat said The maximum numbers vary from one country to the other but in general not more than 50 people can be gathered and even when those people can be gathered we are implementing standard operating procedures to minimize the transmission of the disease So there is a temperature check for all people coming into the distribution sites and we have to respect one metre between every individual coming in to get the food assistance At a wider logistical level the UN agency is also exploring all options to ensure that vital aid supply lines can withstand the expected disruption of COVID 19 Global aid suppliers hit by COVID 19 Some of the bigger companies and indeed the main suppliers globally are in countries that are currently under strict confinement and a very reduced level of production Mr Lecuziat explained A lot of the nutritious products are produced in India or France for example where factories have had to reduce or close or reduce significantly their production We have big concerns on this and our supply chain colleagues together with UNICEF are looking at locally available enriched foods to complement this In a statement WFP said that it had assisted 1 5 million people in Burkina Faso and Mali in February It has appealed for more support to tackle the crisis and urgently requires 208 million for the next five months to carry out its lifesaving operations This is a crisis layered on top of a crisis and the situation risks getting out of hand said Chris Nikoi WFP s Regional Director for West Africa People are on the brink we must step up now to save lives we are the only hope for millions
    Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security
      Across the Central Sahel in Africa encompassing Burkina Faso Mali and Niger more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season according to data released by WFP and other humanitarian partners Drought and violent extremists Humanitarians have repeatedly warned that chronic insecurity linked to successive drought and violent extremists who exploit the lack of a strong State presence have created an avoidable crisis which WFP said has now extended to the coastal countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia Forecasts indicate that Burkina Faso will see food insecurity more than triple to more than 2 1 million people in June up from at least 680 000 at the same time last year The number of people going hungry is also expected to rise in Mali with 1 3 million people vulnerable along with two million people in Niger Unprecedented vulnerability during lean season For the lean season in the upcoming months June to September the analysis concluded that we are going from 10 8 million people declared food insecure last year to 19 1 million people in 2020 said Eric Branckaert WFP Senior Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping VAM Adviser speaking to journalists via videoconference This is an increase of 77 per cent since last year and it is unprecedented Citing Burkina Faso s experience as illustrative of the plight facing its Sahel neighbours Alexandre Lecuziat WFP Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Adviser said in English and French that it was one of the most or the fastest growing displaced population crisis in the world It s a country that virtually had no IDPs internally displaced populations 18 months ago and now the latest official figures are in excess of 800 000 people displaced Speaking via videoconference Mr Lecuziat said that although WFP has access across the Sahel to populations in need the agency is extremely concerned about the impact of the new coronavirus on a region with one of the weakest healthcare systems in the world If it emerges in a similar way to much of the rest of the world it will lead to a serious deterioration in people s resilience as markets and borders close preventing herders from moving their animals to fresh pasture he explained Aid delivery changes to keep everyone safe Social distancing measures have already been implemented by WFP and its partners during aid deliveries in a bid to keep staff and communities safe We need to limit the number of people that gather so we need to fragment the number of sites of distribution Mr Lecuziat said The maximum numbers vary from one country to the other but in general not more than 50 people can be gathered and even when those people can be gathered we are implementing standard operating procedures to minimize the transmission of the disease So there is a temperature check for all people coming into the distribution sites and we have to respect one metre between every individual coming in to get the food assistance At a wider logistical level the UN agency is also exploring all options to ensure that vital aid supply lines can withstand the expected disruption of COVID 19 Global aid suppliers hit by COVID 19 Some of the bigger companies and indeed the main suppliers globally are in countries that are currently under strict confinement and a very reduced level of production Mr Lecuziat explained A lot of the nutritious products are produced in India or France for example where factories have had to reduce or close or reduce significantly their production We have big concerns on this and our supply chain colleagues together with UNICEF are looking at locally available enriched foods to complement this In a statement WFP said that it had assisted 1 5 million people in Burkina Faso and Mali in February It has appealed for more support to tackle the crisis and urgently requires 208 million for the next five months to carry out its lifesaving operations This is a crisis layered on top of a crisis and the situation risks getting out of hand said Chris Nikoi WFP s Regional Director for West Africa People are on the brink we must step up now to save lives we are the only hope for millions
    Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security
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    Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security

     Across the Central Sahel in Africa – encompassing Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – more than five million people face severe food insecurity ahead of the coming lean season, according to data released by WFP and other humanitarian partners.

    Drought and violent extremists

    Humanitarians have repeatedly warned that chronic insecurity linked to successive drought and violent extremists who exploit the lack of a strong State presence have created an avoidable crisis, which WFP said has now extended to the coastal countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia.

    Forecasts indicate that Burkina Faso will see food insecurity more than triple, to more than 2.1 million people in June, up from at least 680,000 at the same time last year.

    The number of people going hungry is also expected to rise in Mali, with 1.3 million people vulnerable, along with two million people in Niger.

    ‘Unprecedented’ vulnerability during lean season

    “For the lean season, in the upcoming months June to September, the analysis concluded that we are going from 10.8 million people declared food insecure last year, to 19.1 million people in 2020,” said Eric Branckaert, WFP Senior Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Adviser, speaking to journalists via videoconference.

    “This is an increase of 77 per cent since last year and it is unprecedented.”

    Citing Burkina Faso’s experience as illustrative of the plight facing its Sahel neighbours, Alexandre Lecuziat, WFP Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Adviser, said in English and French that it was “one of the most or the fastest growing displaced population crisis in the world. It’s a country that virtually had no IDPs, internally displaced populations, 18 months ago and now the latest official figures are in excess of 800,000 people displaced.”

    Speaking via videoconference, Mr Lecuziat said that although WFP has access across the Sahel to populations in need, the agency is extremely concerned about the impact of the new coronavirus on a region with one of the weakest healthcare systems in the world.

    If it emerges in a similar way to much of the rest of the world, it will lead to “a serious deterioration” in people’s resilience, as markets and borders close, preventing herders from moving their animals to fresh pasture, he explained.

    Aid delivery changes to keep everyone safe

    Social distancing measures have already been implemented by WFP and its partners during aid deliveries, in a bid to keep staff and communities safe.

    “We need to limit the number of people that gather so we need to fragment the number of sites of distribution,” Mr Lecuziat said. “The maximum numbers vary from one country to the other, but in general not more than 50 people can be gathered; and even when those people can be gathered, we are implementing standard operating procedures to minimize the transmission of the disease. So there is a temperature check for all people coming into the distribution sites and we have to respect one metre between every individual coming in to get the food assistance.”

    At a wider logistical level the UN agency is also exploring all options to ensure that vital aid supply lines can withstand the expected disruption of COVID-19.

    Global aid suppliers hit by COVID-19

    “Some of the bigger companies, and indeed the main suppliers globally, are in countries that are currently under strict confinement and a very reduced level of production,” Mr Lecuziat explained. “A lot of the nutritious products are produced in India or France, for example, where factories have had to reduce or close, or reduce significantly their production. We have big concerns on this, and our supply chain colleagues together with UNICEF, are looking at locally available enriched foods to complement this.”

    In a statement, WFP said that it had assisted 1.5 million people in Burkina Faso and Mali in February.

    It has appealed for more support to tackle the crisis and urgently requires $208 million for the next five months to carry out its lifesaving operations.

    “This is a crisis layered on top of a crisis, and the situation risks getting out of hand,” said Chris Nikoi, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa. “People are on the brink – we must step up now to save lives – we are the only hope for millions.”

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