World: Estimating digital connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

Two thirds of the world’s school-age children – or 1.3 billion children aged 3 to 17 years old – do not have internet connection in their homes, according to a new report from UNICEF and the ITU.


More than 1.9 million Iraqi children in high-risk governorates to be vaccinated against polio

Country: Iraq
Sources: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund

The campaign will target children in 46 districts in 16 governorates, including Baghdad, Babylon, Anbar, Dahuk, Erbil, Kerbala, Kirkuk Missan, Najaf, Ninewa, Salah Al-Din, Suleymaniya, Wassit and Basra.


Southern Madagascar faces drought-driven hunger, threatening millions

Country: Madagascar
Source: World Food Programme

Three straight years of drought have wiped out harvests and hampered people's access to food and COVID-19 is compounding their suffering, WFP warns. An estimated 1.5 million people need urgent help.


DR Congo: At least 11 million children under five at risk of starvation across eleven countries

Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Source: Save the Children

With the potential risk of famine in Yemen and South Sudan, Save the Children is calling for an urgent and large-scale global response to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe.


World: WHO calls for reinvigorated action to fight malaria

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Gaps in access to life-saving tools are undermining global efforts to curb the disease, and the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to set back the fight even further.


Amid Tigray conflict, UNHCR and partners seek almost $150 million to help refugees in Sudan

Countries: Central African Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Sources: Concern Worldwide, Danish Refugee Council, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International, Welthungerhilfe, COOPI - Cooperazione Internazionale, United Nations Population Fund, Medair, ZOA, Islamic Relief, International Organization for Migration, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, Norwegian Church Aid, Norwegian Refugee Council, UNOPS, CARE, World Food Programme, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Relief International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UN Women, Alight

As thousands of Ethiopians are displaced into Sudan, where more than 12.7 million people are already in need of assistance, the Refugee Emergency Response Plan seeks to scale up existing multi-sectoral efforts.


World: WHO urges African countries to ramp up readiness for COVID-19 vaccination drive

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

An analysis finds that based on the self-reports by African countries, the region has an average score of 33% readiness for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, which is well below the desired benchmark of 80%.


World: How COVID-19 is becoming a catastrophe for children in sub-Saharan Africa

Country: World
Source: UN Children's Fund

The region was already a challenging place for many of its 550 million children, but the pandemic has intensified many of the crises they face – and created new ones. About half may be going hungry.


Philippines appeal revised to $52.6 million to enable Typhoon Vamco assistance

Country: Philippines
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

In response to Typhoons Goni and Vamco, humanitarian partners will focus on life-saving and time-critical recovery needs of people living in the hardest-hit provinces, Albay, Catanduanes and Cagayan.


GeoPoll survey results on Ebola in DRC available

GeoPoll has been active in the DRC for many years and runs multiple surveys, including collecting data related to the on-going Ebola crisis.  GeoPoll has just completed an SMS survey in North Kivu, surveying community members on a range of issues.  Some of the questions they have gathered feedback from community members on include:

  • Do you know what the symptoms of Ebola are?
  • What is your primary source of news/information on Ebola? (Friends/Family, TV, radio, newspaper, social media)
  • Which social media channel is your primary source of information?
  • How do you communicate with friends about Ebola?
  • Have aid or healthcare organizations been more present in your area than usual in the past two weeks?

GeoPoll has now completed the survey and shared the results, free, online at https://www.geopoll.com/blog/ebola-in-drc-sms-survey-results/