COVID-19

The fact that COVID-19 is impacting all 10 countries in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region presents enormous challenges that require us—Oxfam country offices, the regional platform and partners —to work together better. This vision statement is part of regional platform’s efforts to...
IDP Camp, Bunia General Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by John Wessels/Oxfam
People seeking safety are trapped at borders across Eastern Africa due to COVID-19 measures A coalition of international, national, and refugee-led organizations in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) have today called on governments in the region to reopen borders for asylum seekers. The...
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 normal...
Flooding and Covid-19 restrictions create perfect conditions for locusts to multiply Oxfam warned today that millions of people in East and Central Africa, already suffering due to flooding and the impact of coronavirus, are at risk of increased hunger and poverty as the region braces for the...
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 the next...
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 armés-...
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. Le...
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-...
By Tigist Gebru Before COVID-19 reached Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Atsede Gataneth, a single mother who sells vegetables for a living, earned enough money to ensure her family had enough to eat and to keep her two daughters in school. But government measures to limit the spread of the virus, physical...
Margaret Apiyo Asewe grew up in a tiny village in Kenya called Sihay in Siaya County, Ugenya Sub-County. She grew up seeing children and adults suffer due to limited water access. She herself walked 2 kilometers every morning and evening to fetch water from river ‘Nyachim’. She saw how diarrhoea...

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