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African Union Chair calls for unity as continent marks 57th Africa Day amid COVID-19

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has called for unity in Africa as the continent marks the 57th Africa Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

Read full remarks by African Union Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa as continent marks Africa Day amid COVID-19

Fellow Africans, On this day 57 years ago, the Organisation of African Unity was born. From the beginning it was dedicated to the idea that only through unity could Africa safeguard its independence...

57th Africa Day to be celebrated virtually amid COVID-19 pandemic

On May 25, 2020, the African continent will mark the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The day is marked annually as Africa Day.  This year’s celebrations...

Africa COVID-19 cases top 100 000

The COVID-19 pandemic on Friday reached a milestone in Africa, with more than 100 000 confirmed cases. The virus has now spread to every country in the continent since the first case was confirmed in the region...

WHO and UNHCR join forces to improve health services for refugees, displaced and stateless people

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency ơn Thursday signed a new agreement to strengthen and advance public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.

Coronavirus: Live coverage in Africa

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Read full remarks by UN Secretary General António Guterres on COVID-19 impact on Africa and why help is needed now

As COVID-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic, and as of now reported cases are lower than feared.  Even so, much hangs in the balance. In recent years...

World Bank grants loans to 100 developing nations to fight COVID-19, including 39 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

The World Bank Group announced on Tuesday that its emergency operations to fight COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, have reached 100 developing countries – home to 70% of the world’s population. Of...

Presidents of South Africa, Congo, Algeria, Chad and Egypt meet virtually to discuss Libya crisis

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, as Chair of the African Union, will participate in a virtual meeting of the African Union contact group of the high-level committee on Libya on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

EXPLAINER: Why is the World Health Organization leading the fight against COVID-19 and what is the World Health Assembly?

Why am I hearing so much about WHO in the response to COVID-19? COVID-19 threatens the health and wellbeing of everyone on our planet. So it requires a rapid, coordinated, evidence-based global response....

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