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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....

List of all 155 countries and territories requesting to speak during the virtual 73rd World Health Assembly

The Seventy-third World Health Assembly will open on Monday, 18 May 2020 at 12:00. The working hours of the Health Assembly are from 12:00 to 15:00, 16:30 to 19:30 and from 21:00 to 24:00 (CEST).

African Union chair Ramaphosa to call for global solidarity against COVID-19 in address to 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa who doubles as the head of the African Union will on Monday, 18 May 2020, address the virtual 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), at the invitation of...

WHO warns COVID-19 could deepen food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday expressed concern at the potential impact of COVID-19 on food security, which is likely to exacerbate the already considerable burden of malnutrition in Africa. The impact of the disease...

WHO Africa projects up to 190 000 Africans could die from COVID-19

Between 83,000 and 190 000 people in Africa could die of COVID-19 and 29 million to 44 million could get infected in the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail, a new study by the World...

Ethiopian Nobel Peace Prize winning PM Abiy Ahmed using COVID-19 to silence critics, Human Rights Watch warns

Ethiopian Nobel Peace Prize winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is using COVID-19 pandemic as a weapon to silence critics, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Wednesday. Just in the last one month, Abiy's...

African leaders laud African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina for visionary leadership amid COVID crisis

South Africa’s President and African Union chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa and the Nobel peace laureate and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have commended Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, for his visionary leadership and...

IMF approves release of $226 million loan money to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the release of $226 million loan money to Cameroon to respond to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The IMF also approved Cameroon's...

WHO Africa says it welcomes “scientifically-proven traditional medicine” to treat COVID-19

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it welcomes innovations around the world including "repurposing drugs, traditional medicines and developing new therapies in the search for potential treatments for COVID-19." In a...

WHO Emergency Committee releases new recommendations on COVID-19, concludes it remains global health emergency

The World Health Organization Emergency Committee has released its recommendations on the COVID-19 pandenic, following its third meeting held in Geneva on Thursday, three months after the first meeting held on January 22.

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Canadian PM Trudeau and Jamaica’s Holness co-host UN high-level event on development financing amid COVID-19

With U.S. President Donald Trump missing in action, more than 50 world leaders are meeting virtually...

Nigeria Senate approves Buhari’s $5.513 billion external borrowing request

The Nigerian Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s $5.513 (Five Billion, Five Hundred and Thirteen Million United States Dollars) external borrowing...

Nigeria’s SERAP writes Buhari to provide spending details and audit of ‘fresh’ $5.513 billion loan

The Nigerian Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent a Freedom of Information request to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting him...

African Development Bank approves €88 million ($98 million) loan for Senegal to respond to COVID-19

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Friday approved a loan of 88 million euros to Senegal, hit hard...

IMF Executive Board Approves FY 2021-FY 2023 Medium-Term Budget

On April 27, 2020, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the IMF’s administrative and capital budgets for...

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