COVID-19 and climate extremes created compound impacts and reduced resilience to future shocks. Since the beginning of the pandemic, climate-related disasters have killed at least 17,242 people.
As the COVAX facility is forced to slash planned deliveries by about 150 million this year, Africa is almost 500 million doses short of the target of fully vaccinating 40% of its population.
Schools are now fully open in 117 countries, with a combined learner population of 539 million, ranging from pre-primary to secondary levels. This represents 35% of the total student population.
Guinea today declared the end of the Marburg virus disease outbreak having recorded no new cases over the past 42 days—two incubation periods, or the time between infection and the onset of symptoms. The virus was confirmed on 9 August, marking the first time the disease emerged in the country and in West Africa.
States assessed as being least vulnerable to an epidemic were the worst affected by COVID-19, new research suggests, as were nations with more urban populations and strong international travel links.
Armed groups, some unidentified, have killed at least 672 civilians, while security forces have killed 67, in Ituri and North Kivu, between the start of martial law on May 6 and September 10.
The International Rescue Committee is making an urgent call for the ceasefire to be upheld, for civilians to be protected, and for the shortage in COVID-19 health supplies to be urgently addressed.
With 90% of families struggling to eat enough and a growing humanitarian crisis, aid agencies are scrambling to meet massive needs before it is too late, with the onset of winter set to cut off areas.
About 45,000 people fled to Ezo County, with thousands moving to Yambio town, Nagero, Namutina, Wau, Nzara and Moso. Urgent funding is needed to support the ongoing response.
WHO’s targets are to vaccinate at least 10% of the population of every country by September, at least 40% by the end of the year, and 70% globally by the middle of next year.