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As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, countries, including Uganda, have adopted various measures to prevent its spread. The Ugandan Ministry of Health, in line with guidelines from the World Health Organization, has...

Since November 2019, floods and landslides from heavy rains have been affecting Rwanda’s Northern, Western and Southern provinces. As of early May 2020, floods caused 72 fatalities across...

Call centre agents handling calls from the community, centre located in Hargiesa, Somaliland. Photo by Abdiaziz Adani/Oxfam

Somaliland confirmed the first case of coronavirus in April 2020. While the country has taken certain precautions to curb the spread of the virus by closing schools and banning flights, the number is increasing each day, community acceptance is very low, and people are still following their...

Following the gang-rape of an 8-year-old girl in Juba, South Sudan, young women activists took to the streets to protest and to demand justice. They marched (while physically distancing, wearing facial masks and hand gloves) and carried placards and posters with messages and strong quotes...

Millions of people in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region are at risk of increased hunger and poverty due to the triple threat of floods, locusts and coronavirus. There is an urgent need for increased safety nets, especially cash grants, to help people survive.

The floods and...

La maitrise de la propagation du COVID-19 nécessite un accès adéquat à l’eau, une sensibilisation de la communauté et le respect des mesures de santé publique telles que l’éloignement social. En Ituri, dans l’est de la RDC, il y a eu 2 cas confirmés de COVID-19. Mais l’activisme des groupes...

Le COVID-19 a un impact profond sur les femmes travaillant dans le secteur informel—y compris les travailleurs domestiques, les vendeurs du marché, et propriétaires de petites entreprises. Pour ces femmes, c’est souvent impossible de gagner un revenu sans proximité physique avec leurs clients....

The COVID-19 pandemic characterized by airports and border closures as well as lockdowns, has already become an economic and labour market shock, impacting not only supply but also demand. In Rwanda, the implementation of lockdown measures has placed a major distress on the country’s food value-...

DRC has the most number of coronavirus cases in the Horn East and Central Africa (HECA) region. The Forum of National Humanitarian and Development Organizations in DRC (FONAHD-RDC) is a network dedicated to building the capacities of its 98 member organizations and to supporting joint...

A worker produces face masks at the Kitui County Textile Center in Kitui, Kenya, which was converted to produce masks. Photo by Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images. Source: Washington Post.

If there’s anything that’s been affirmed with the coronavirus pandemic it’s that the African continent needs to take this as a wakeup call; for governments to shift their focus to the foundation of what should hold our countries together - our people, our systems and our structures. Here are...

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