From the WHO warning that COVID-19 could ‘smoulder’ in Africa for several years to €7.4 billion in funding for COVID-19 vaccine research

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the COVID-19 pandemic could kill up to 190,000 people in Africa over the next 12 months and potentially ‘smoulder’ on the continent for several years after. 

Related: Interactive: An analysis of COVID-19 funding in West and Central Africa


While the first phase of the global COVID-19 response was focused on rapid containment of the disease, the next phase looks set to incorporate secondary impacts such as nutrition into funding planning and emergency activities.

Related: UK NGOs warn of ‘cliff edge’ for nutrition funding


A coronavirus pledging conference convened by the European Union has raised €7.4 billion to fund the research and equitable distribution of COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines.

Related: Interactive: Gates Foundation’s 2019 funding trends and COVID-19 response


Humanitarian experts fear that with the COVID-19 virus circulating in Yemen and routine humanitarian assistance in the country under threat, the COVID-19 pandemic could have a catastrophic impact in a country already facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Related: Updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan


A group of 20 development experts are calling on European governments to provide their development finance institutions (DFIs) with more resources and new rules so they can support the private sector in Africa through the COVID-19 crisis.


The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) has unveiled new measures to help development organisations struggling in the wake of the economic fallout from COVID-19.

Related: 40% of UK NGOs say they will collapse within 6 months without new support


A new study shows that up to one-third of the world’s population will likely live in areas that are considered unsuitably hot for humans by 2070 as a result of global warming.


New modelling by the Stop TB Partnership warns global tuberculosis cases could increase by up to 11% globally between 2020 and 2025 (the equivalent of 6.3 million new cases of TB in five years) as a result of the disruption to TB services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic).


The US State Department says the  COVID-19 pandemic could disrupt the implementation of the US government’s Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR). The SAR lays out a coordinated, interagency approach to stabilization that avoids large-scale reconstruction efforts and better utilizes expertise from the State Department, Defense Department, and U.S. Agency for International Development in fragile contexts.

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