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.
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.
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.
Multilaterals added to funding appeals in May as the cost of combating the pandemic outstripped earlier estimates.
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.
In an email to staff on Tuesday, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore announced the agency’s latest round of senior staff appointments. She emphasized UNICEF’s commitment to striving for geographic and gender parity, noting that the appointments reflect this—“in addition to maintaining gender parity, we have improved geographic diversity to 43 percent programme country nationals,” Fore wrote.
Governments and NGOs are postponing immunizations and other infectious disease efforts due to Covid-19, causing a major disruption to services for prevention or treatment of malaria, measles, polio, and tuberculosis, with grave implications for global health.
Weeks after launching an innovative fundraising platform incorporating individual contributions, WHO announced in early April that UNICEF would join its COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as a “key partner,” bringing “extensive experience both in fundraising and in implementing programs.” As part of the arrangement, proceeds from the fund—which allows individuals, corporations, and institutions “anywhere in the world” to
The multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic gained traction this month with progress on medical interventions, logistics, and UNGA operations.