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U.N. Pulls Some Foreign Staff From Idlib Amid Rise In COVID-19 Cases; Russian Doctors Face Hostility, Mistrust; South Africa Experts Predict Up To 50K COVID Deaths; Pakistan Cases Continue To Rise Post-Lockdown

AFRICA AP: Nearly 2 dozen escape from virus quarantine in Zimbabwe (Mutsaka, 5/20). New Humanitarian: COVID-19 and hyperinflation leave hunger and few options in Zimbabwe (Dongozi, 5/20). Reuters: South Africa scientists say up to 50,000 COVID-19 deaths possible (Toyana, 5/21). Reuters: Egypt to offer coronavirus testing in all general hospitals…

More News In Global Health

Al Jazeera: Trump sidelines CDC in push to reopen the U.S. economy (Roberts, 5/20). Devex: First came the coronavirus. And then the cyclone hit (Cornish, 5/21). Devex: Q&A: Gates Foundation adopts ‘yes, and’ strategy in response to COVID-19 (Lieberman, 5/21). The Economist: The risk of severe covid-19 is not uniform…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Including Role Of WHO, Impact On SDGs, Food Systems

Daily Star: Sustainable Development Goals: What to salvage from Covid-19 Abdullah Shibli, economist and senior research fellow at the International Sustainable Development Institute (ISDI) (5/20). Devex: In the face of COVID-19, a new direction for Oxfam José María (Chema) Vera, interim executive director of Oxfam International (5/20). Foreign Affairs: Chronicle…

Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Development Efforts In Africa; Trump Administration’s Actions On Women’s Health, Relationship With China; Violence In Afghanistan; Access To TB Treatment

Devex: Opinion: A bipartisan legacy of Africa trade worth remembering Tom Sheehy, principal of Quinella Global (5/18). The Hill: Trump assault on women’s choice continues despite pandemic Bridget Kelly, director of research at the Population Institute (5/16). New York Times: Trump Is Playing the China Card. Who Believes Him? Susan…

COVID-19 Pandemic Threatens To Push Millions Of People Into Poverty, U.N. SG, World Bank President Warn; Response Requires Coordination To Keep SDGs On Track, Guterres Says

AP: U.N. chief: Virus could push millions of Africans into poverty “U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic threatens Africa’s progress and could push millions into extreme poverty. The U.N. chief said in a video message launching a policy report on ‘The Impact of COVID-19 in Africa’…

Australia Diverting Foreign Aid To Support Pacific Countries Impacted By COVID-19, Cyclone; WHO Says Russian Cases Stabilizing; Brazil’s Indigenous Tribes Threatened; U.N. Appeals For Cross-Border Aid In Syria

AFRICA The Guardian: ‘We can’t turn them away’: the family kitchen fighting lockdown hunger in Zimbabwe (Chingono, 5/20). The Guardian: Tanzania’s president shrugs off Covid-19 risk after sending fruit for ‘tests’ (Beaumont, 5/19). U.N. News: Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges U.N. chief (5/20). U.N. News: ‘Alarming’…

African Nations Lack Sufficient Coronavirus Diagnostic Kits; India, Bangladesh Prepare For Cyclone Amid Social Distancing; Hospitals Overwhelmed In Brazil, Impacting Health Workers; Pandemic Could Worsen Mental Health Crisis In U.S.

AFRICA New Humanitarian: African countries struggle to find the coronavirus test kits they need (Zhu, 5/18). Reuters: Sudan extends lockdown in Khartoum state by two weeks: SUNA (Abdelaziz/Hassan, 5/18). Reuters: Zimbabweans go hungry as coronavirus compounds climate woes (Dzirutwe, 5/18). Reuters: Africa backs WHO, needs help with debt relief, supplies:…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Response, Including Potential Impact On Governments

Barron’s: The Pentagon Is Leading an Effort to Find a Vaccine. It’s a Mistake Charles Kenny, senior fellow and director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development (5/17). Bloomberg: Coronavirus Unmasks El Salvador’s Authoritarian-in-Waiting Mac Margolis, Bloomberg Opinion columnist (5/15). CNN: Covid-19 offers a chance to build…

Devex Examines National, Regional Development Finance Institutions In Africa

Devex: The challenges facing Africa’s development finance institutions “National and regional DFIs have operated with varying levels of success across the African continent — held back by key barriers such as inadequate funding, poor governance, political interference, and a tendency to stray from their mandate…” (Jerving, 5/15).