The Pakistan Government, with support from UNICEF, WHO and GPEI partners, resumed polio activities in July and conducted two sub-national campaigns in July and August 2020.
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After a year of violence, flooding and COVID-19 pushed millions of children out of school and away from the protection it provides, governments must focus on the education and safety of children.
All the 40,000 schools in the region were forced to close because of the pandemic, pushing students out of class in an area where access to education is already hampered by growing insecurity.
The number of children treated by the outpatient nutrition program has grown by 20%, while the number of severe malnutrition cases has risen by 10%, compared with the same period last year.
Armed conflict, extreme poverty, food insecurity, climatic changes, and COVID-19 converge in the Sahel. Across the wider region, more than 2.7 million people have been forced to flee their homes.
Those evacuated are nationals of Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan, including 16 families and 15 children under the age of 18, many of whom are unaccompanied or separated from their parents.
A basic meal is far beyond the reach of millions of people in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic joins conflict, climate change and economic troubles in pushing up levels of hunger around the world.
At least 175,000 houses have been destroyed, leaving thousands of families homeless. Food crops and livestock have been wiped out, and with prices skyrocketing, food insecurity rates are soaring.
The risk is that as food prices rise and incomes plummet, we could see a rise in malnutrition because families can't afford enough food, or that the food they can afford is less nutrient-rich, said ICRC.
Millions of families in low-and-middle income countries did not receive any child and family-specific financial support from their governments to face the COVID-19 pandemic, says Save the Children.
Two months since the explosion ripped through the capital Beirut, Save the Children's teams have recorded a 574% increase in requests for shelter and financial support among Lebanese communities.
“The region is now on the brink of a hunger crisis. Without life-saving treatment, many thousands could die from completely preventable and treatable causes," says Mateo Caprotti.
Red Cross holds grave fears that deadly floods will worsen as tropical storm Nangka makes landfall today, bringing destructive winds and dumping more rain on hard hit communities.
The 2020 State of Climate Services report contains 16 different case studies on successful early warning systems for hazards including tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, heatwaves and sand storms.
Global hunger has fallen since the 2000s, but progress is too slow. The report highlights 11 countries in which hunger is confirmed, or provisionally considered ‘alarming’ levels, an increase of seven.
One year after re-opening of its Basra office, WFP has set up new projects to create work opportunities to lessen socio-economic effects of COVID-19 crisis alongside existing school feeding programs.
National COVID-19 response plans should make preventing child marriage and ensuring that girls, married or not, have access to reproductive health services, including to contraceptives, key priorities.
The understanding will focus on increasing and scaling-up interventions that address barriers to health care and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on migrant populations.
Alarmingly, some field reports have pointed to a rise in suicide attempts since the onset of the pandemic, including among those living in protracted situations of displacement.
The onset of winter will bring more hardship for the people. There are critical gaps in drainage, water, sanitation, hygiene and health services that need to be addressed without delay.