COVID-19

Uncertainty and a great test of resilience I have worked with Oxfam for the last eight years managing the economic empowerment and resilient livelihood program. During these years, never have I experienced firsthand what it truly means for your resilience to be tested, until recently during the...
Lelei is employed and living a decent life in Ruaka, Kiambu County in Kenya, which is only a spitting distance from Nairobi. He woke up with a cough and a high fever. It was clear to him that these were symptoms for COVID-19. He gathered his strength and went to a health facility. He was confident...
Women collecting water from a tap stand in Kalunga in DRC. Photo by Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi/Oxfam.
Every country in the Horn, East and Central Africa (HECA) region has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and every country’s experience of the pandemic remains unique. Consequently, policy responses vary across the board. The overall trends in COVID-19 in the HECA region mirror those around the...
Catherine Nabulon Abulon, Oxfam’s beneficiary from Turkana, Kenya.  Photo by Joy Obuya/Oxfam
15th April 2020 was to be a special day for most African countries. On this day, the World Bank’s Development Committee and the G20 Finance Ministers endorsed the Debt Service Suspension Initiative granting debt-service suspension in response to the pandemic. The day should have heralded a lifeline...
Representatives from different sectors (government authorities, merchants, pastoralists, and displaced people) at the vulnerability and risk analysis workshop discussing the challenges they face and how to collaborate and coordinate during crises. Photo by Pablo Tosco/Oxfam.
By Abdiaziz Adani and Martin Namasaka The overall progress of localisation commitments within the Grand Bargain that commits donors and aid organisations to provide 25% of global humanitarian funding to local and national responders by 2020 has often been uneven and difficult to assess...
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...

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