The World Food Programme (WFP) issued a warning this month that it may have to suspend aid flights and transport before the end of July due to funding shortages. WFP operates a network of global aid hubs near supply manufacturers and transports personnel and materiel through its regional hubs around the world. WFP’s $965 million common services budget—required to maintain transport services through year-end—has received only $178 million in funding and pledges.
The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator has lofty ambitions, according to a detailed investment case WHO published on June 26: delivery of 2 billion vaccine doses globally by the end of 2021, along with apportionment of 245 million therapeutics courses and 500 million tests in low- and middle-income countries by the middle of 2021.
The Africa Centres for Disease Control has launched the nonprofit Africa Medical Supplies Platform, an online procurement portal affording African governments “equitable and efficient” access to essential medical supplies. The African Export-Import Bank and UN Economic Commission for Africa supported the project, which will tap the bank’s $3.8 billion coronavirus fund to pay for freight costs.
Corruption in aid operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has potentially cost millions, while degrading trust between aid organizations and the people they’re trying to assist, according to an operational review report revealed this month by The New Humanitarian.
The UN’s 75th anniversary will also mark the first year world leaders don’t convene in New York in late September for the general debate, UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande announced this month—an indication of the enduring gravity of COVID-19, whose impact on development, immunization,
June 10, 2020 – The Trump administration’s declared withdrawal from WHO has raised numerous questions about funding, U.S. staffing support and advisory participation, information sharing, and much more—even the legal basis of the decision itself. Despite this uncertainty, the implications for global health and the foundation’s work are considerable.
Multilaterals added to funding appeals in May as the cost of combating the pandemic outstripped earlier estimates.
COVID-19 cases in Africa passed 100,000 in late May—a relatively low figure in a region with just 1.5 percent of the confirmed cases worldwide. A slower transmission rate and younger population left some observers optimistic, even as WHO warned of overwhelmed hospitals, UNICEF of missed vaccinations, and the World Food Programme (WFP) of desperate shortages.
During a May 29 press conference, President Trump announced that the United States would “terminate” its relationship with WHO, saying the UN health agency had failed to adequately respond to
As the world raced throughout the month to respond to COVID-19, several multilaterals sounded the alarm over indirect global health effects of the disease, including increased morbidity and mortality from other causes.
WHO announced the launch of its new foundation—a legally separate entity that will support the organization and its implementing partners to deliver on the “triple billion” goals—on May 27.
No country is on course to meet all 10 of WHO’s 2025 global nutrition targets and just eight of 194 countries are on track to meet four targets, according to the 2020 Global Nutrition Report (GNR). Published this month, the GNR reported that one in every nine people in the world is hungry, and one in every three is overweight or obese.