World: COVID-19 restrictions preventing thousands from accessing lifesaving aid

Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, World
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council

The NRC is currently unable to reach thousands of people, including 300,000 in the Middle East. It is calling on governments to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid in these challenging times.

Kenya: New locust swarms continue forming in Horn of Africa

Countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kenya, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen
Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, specifically Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia where new swarms are posing an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods.

Somalia: Community-led action critical for locust livelihood response in greater Horn of Africa

Countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
Sources: Concern Worldwide, ActionAid, Danish Refugee Council, Welthungerhilfe, Ayuda en Acción, ACTED, ZOA, Norwegian Refugee Council, Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, Action Against Hunger USA, Oxfam, Plan International, ChildFund International

It is critical that activities to control locusts and address their impact on livelihoods continue, with local communities placed at the forefront, says the Regional Desert Locust Alliance.

Tanzania: Humanitarian agencies seek $290 million to support Burundian refugees

Countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

As the Burundi refugee crisis approaches its sixth year, some 367,000 Burundians are being hosted by Tanzania (168,000), Rwanda (73,000), Uganda (48,000) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (47,000).

Uganda: UNHCR and partners seek $1.3 billion for South Sudan refugees

Countries: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Africa’s biggest refugee population is from South Sudan. About 2.2 million people have been forced to flee and the majority - 83% - are women and children. An additional two million people are IDPs.

Somalia: UK supercomputer to help combat Africa’s worst locust outbreak in decades

Countries: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania
Source: Department for International Development

The computer uses data to predict where the locusts will go and develops early warning systems so communities can prepare. Plus, new UK aid will help stop them destroying the livelihoods of millions.

Spartan Relief Supplies joins HLA

HLA is pleased to announce that Spartan Relief Supplies Ltd has joined HLA as a partner. SRSL is based in Nairobi, Kenya and has been in the business of supplying Humanitarian Aid to various humanitarian agencies since 1992.

Managing Director, Diptesh Shah states that: "SRSL’s mission is to provide quality, cost-effective international procurement services to NGO’s and UN agencies worldwide. Our team has more than 27 years of experience in arranging supply and logistics to various destinations around the world."

SRSL have ready available stocks of Core Relief Items at its warehouses in Nairobi, and with affiliated factories, for quick response to handle any emergency.

SRSL is your partner in times of natural disasters or humanitarian crisis - a partner you can rely upon to respond to your needs.

Successful inaugural meeting of HLA Kenya members' chapter

The first HLA Kenya members' meeting was held on 9th July 2019, with over 15 people attending. The purpose was to create a platform for member interaction, update members on HLA’s current activities, initiate the process of establishing a country chapter and provide a space for members to ask questions and seek clarifications on HLA and its operations.

For a full report of the meeting, click here.