Somalia Press Release
|06/03/2020 - 19:51||
New IRC report: Almost five million people at risk of hunger and famine as swarms of desert locusts destroy crops across East Africa
This the most serious desert locust outbreak seen in East Africa in 70 years, and compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, poses an unprecedented risk to the region. The potential damage of the locusts could affect a tenth of the world's population. The outbreak is hitting Somalia the hardest, with Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan also heavily impacted. Women are facing increased risks of violence and economic hardship as a result.
|05/29/2020 - 07:00||
COVID-19 could have disastrous implications for 12 million breastfeeding women and their babies in high risk countries, warns CARE International
Photo: Midwife Glenys Wusi, 50, cares for a pregnant woman in a rural clinic in Sierra Leone © 2019 Josh Estey/CARE.
|05/27/2020 - 21:36||
Menstrual Health and Hygiene: Girls Speak
Though on May 28 of every year the world comes together to recognize Menstrual Hygiene Day, menstruation still remains a taboo subject in some parts of the world. In Somalia, most women are aware that menstruation is a normal process, but the topic is rarely openly discussed. In addition, a lack of education, sanitation infrastructure (such as private and safe—meaning well-lit and lockable—toilets and handwashing facilities) and access to sanitary materials, as well as persisting taboos and stigma, makes practising good menstrual hygiene challenging for most girls and women.
|05/27/2020 - 09:34||
UN Security Council failing civilians caught in conflict
The UN Security Council must live up to its decades-old pledge to minimize civilian suffering caused by war, Amnesty International said ahead of an open debate on protection of civilians in armed conflict due to take place today [27 May].
|05/26/2020 - 12:14||
Alexandria Man on FBI Most Wanted List Indicted on Terrorism Charges
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging an Alexandria man with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization operating in Somalia.
|05/22/2020 - 00:17||
IRC: Coronavirus testing shortfall in crisis-affected states risks undetected outbreaks, imperilling COVID-19 fight worldwide
New data shows countries with lowest number of tests per million include Yemen (31 tests per million), Nigeria (165 tests per million), and Northeast Syria (59 tests per million). Figures in stark comparison to richer countries like US (38,394 tests per million), UK (41,599 tests per million) and Germany (42,581 tests per million) (Sources 1,2,3) IRC warns of undetected outbreaks as full toll and trajectory of the pandemic is obscured, calls for international support for increased testing, contact tracing and context-appropriate outbreak mitigation measures.
|05/20/2020 - 09:42||
Coronavirus threatens global surge in malnutrition, jeopardizing future of an extra 10 million children
ROME ? Coronavirus may push an additional 10 million of the world?s children into acute malnutrition. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) estimates that the number of young children suffering from this life-threatening form of undernutrition could increase by 20 percent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.*
|05/19/2020 - 03:10||
Hunger could double in East Africa and the Horn in months as coronavirus spreads
NAIROBI ? The dire socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic may more than double the number of hungry people in East Africa and the Horn over the next three months, a report from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has found.
|05/17/2020 - 23:52||
FAO needs $350 million to avert rising hunger as countries reel from COVID-19 pandemics impact
The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $350 million to scale up hunger-fighting and livelihoods-boosting activities in food crisis contexts where COVID-19's impact could be devastating.
|05/15/2020 - 18:36||
Trump Administration Announces Framework and Leadership for 'Operation Warp Speed'
On Friday, the Trump Administration announced the appointment of Moncef Slaoui as chief advisor and General Gustave F. Perna as chief operating officer of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), the administration's national program to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (medical countermeasures).
|05/14/2020 - 20:20||
Air Products to Invest $2 Billion for Landmark Coal-to-Methanol Project in Indonesia
Air Products to Build, Own and Operate Facilities and Supply Methanol Under Long-Term Contract, Enabling Conversion of Natural Resources into Higher-Value Products.
|05/14/2020 - 12:07||
Air Products Awarded Another Onsite Contract by World-Leading PCB and Contract Manufacturer in China
News ReleaseAir Products Awarded Another Onsite Contract by World-Leading PCB and Contract Manufacturer in China.
|05/13/2020 - 09:49||
The estimate is based on an analysis by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, newly published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Based on the worst of three scenarios in 118 low- and middle-income countries, the analysis
These potential child deaths will be in addition to the 2.5 million children who already die before their 5th birthday every six months in the 118 countries included in the study, threatening to reverse nearly a decade of progress on ending preventable under-five mortality.
|05/13/2020 - 06:06||
Carlos Felipe Jaramillo Appointed World Bank Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2020 ? Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, an economist and development expert with almost two decades of experience at the World Bank Group, has been appointed Vice President for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, effective July 1, 2020. Mr. Jaramillo will manage Bank relations with 31 countries and a portfolio of ongoing projects, technical assistance and grants of almost US$32 billion.
|05/12/2020 - 16:14||
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP APPOINTS JOE FANG AS FIRST-EVER MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHINA
SANTA MONICA and BEIJING, May 12, 2020 – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that Joe Fang has been named as the company’s first-ever Managing Director, China, effective immediately. Based in Beijing, Fang reports to Andrew Jenkins, President, Australia and Asia Pacific Region, UMPG.
|05/12/2020 - 16:04||
As funding dries up, millions in crises risk being left to battle this pandemic alone
Geneva 12 May, 2020: CARE welcomes the launch of the revised UN COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan’s (GHRP), including an increased target (to $6.7 billion) and emphasis on Gender Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services which are so critically needed at this time. However, nearly two months after the launch of the first GHRP on March 24th, minimal resources have reached NGOs, particularly those on the frontlines of existing humanitarian emergencies the world over. CARE calls for an urgent need to “act faster and dig deeper”.
|05/12/2020 - 13:57||
Urgent support needed as COVID-19 inflicts hardship on refugees and migrants from Venezuela
Young Venezuelan girls wait at a care centre for refugees and migrants in La Paz, Bolivia. © UNHCR/ UNHCR/Javier Di Benedictis.
|05/12/2020 - 03:27||
As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, without urgent action
UNICEF launches #Reimagine, a global campaign to prevent the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children.
|05/11/2020 - 09:38||
FAO makes gains in the fight against Desert Locusts in East Africa and Yemen but threat of a food security crisis remains
The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, said today that significant gains had been made in the fight against the desert locust upsurge in East Africa and Yemen. He stressed, however, that more needs to be done to prevent a food security crisis, as the ongoing rainy season not only provides livelihoods for farmers and pastoralists but also favourable conditions for locusts to breed.
|05/11/2020 - 08:32||
COVID-19 Resilience Fund: Shell donates $3 million to help communities on the frontlines of the pandemic
Critical funds will support Mercy Corps’ work in more than 40 countries around the world, each one affected by COVID-19
|05/11/2020 - 08:10||
UNHCR warns stateless people risk being left behind in coronavirus response
Zablon Namwate – pictured in October 2019 – travelled from Rwanda to Kenya decades ago to work on a tea plantation. Without identity documents, he is among millions of people around the world who are stateless. © UNHCR/Sebastian Rich.
|05/08/2020 - 18:00||
Company to premier films meant to inspire and comfort during this unprecedented time
Hormel Foods, a global branded food company (NYSE: HRL), announced it will present six powerful and hope-filled short films during a five-day virtual film festival, starting Monday, May 11, and running through May 15. Each film profiles uncommon heroes ranging in age from 12 to 101 who show us that it is possible to thrive against incredible odds.
|05/07/2020 - 02:39||
International Rescue Committee announces $1 million contribution from Novartis in support of COVID-19 response in East Africa
New York, NY, May 7, 2020 — As the global COVID-19 pandemic begins to reach fragile and conflict-affected countries, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) today announced a $1 million contribution by Novartis to its COVID-19 response efforts in Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. This funding will help the IRC mitigate the spread of the disease among some of East Africa's most vulnerable communities and ensure the IRC’s life-saving work can continue to reach those in need.
|05/05/2020 - 21:00||
Somalia faces another desperate situation as COVID-19 cases spiral, IRC calls for increased support to save lives
Mogadishu, Somalia, May 6, 2020 — With more than 750 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Somalia, the IRC warns that many cases are going untested and undetected. Somalia has faced decades of violence and cycles of drought and floods, leaving its health care system ill equipped to respond to this outbreak. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been preparing for the spread of coronavirus by training health care staff to screen patients for symptoms and safely isolate potential cases.
|05/01/2020 - 23:56||
Somalia: Spate of Arrests, Intimidation of Journalists
Since mid-April 2020 alone, authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists, accused two of various crimes, and prohibited a local radio station from broadcasting in a local dialect.
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