150 million children plunged into poverty due to COVID-19, say aid agencies

There are not only more children experiencing poverty than before, the poorest children are getting poorer as well. Before the pandemic, the average number of severe deprivations per child was around 0.7. It is now estimated to have increased by 15 percent to around 0.85.

COVID-19 measures worsening health inequalities in slum communities, experts say

Efforts to stem the impact of COVID-19 in low to middle-income countries could be creating a health time bomb in their slum communities by deepening existing inequalities, according to an international team of health researchers led by the University of Warwick.

Pandemic profits for companies soar by billions as poorest struggle to get by

Thirty-two of the world’s largest companies stand to see their profits jump by $109 billion more in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic lays bare an economic model that delivers profits for the wealthiest on the back of the poorest, according to a new Oxfam report released this week.

Uganda: How previous Ebola outbreaks helped respond to COVID-19

Several Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) were constructed across the country and these have in turn been used in the COVID-19 response. Although these centers have not been used to accommodate confirmed COVID-19 patients, they have however been used as quarantine centers for people under observations.

‘Half of the world’s refugee children out of school due to COVID-19’

The risks to refugee education do not stop with COVID-19. Attacks on schools are a grim and growing reality. The report also elaborates on Africa’s Sahel region where violence has forced the closure of more than 2,500 schools affecting the education of 350,000 students.

As COVID-19 deepens, digital platforms give lifeline to Kenya’s creatives

In many developing countries, digital entrepreneurs face various barriers to scaling their activities, especially as global digital platforms dominate most product categories.

COVID 19: an imminent threat to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

The Rohingya refugees have suffered problems related to shelter, food, safety, and healthcare from the very beginning, and now the COVID-19 pandemic has further deteriorated their situation.

Rwanda uses drones for COVID-19 awareness in remote, densely populated areas

The Rwanda National Police has intervened with drones to raise COVID-19 awareness in densely-populated and hard-to-reach areas of the country.

Over 10,000 health workers infected with COVID-19 in Africa, says WHO

In many African countries, infection prevention and control measures aimed at preventing infections in health facilities are still not fully implemented.

Big Pharma, tech companies and wealthy Americans bag dramatic profits during COVID-19

Pharmaceutical and tech companies and wealthy white Americans benefit from dramatic pandemic profits, further exacerbating inequality.

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