COVID-19 will widen poverty gap between women and men, new UN Women and UNDP data shows

“The pandemic will push 47 million more women and girls below the poverty line, reversing decades of progress to eradicate extreme poverty. The poverty rate for women was expected to decrease by 2.7 percent between 2019 and 2021, but projections now point to an increase of 9.1 percent due to the pandemic and its fallout.”

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Continuing vital health services in Guinea-Bissau during COVID-19

“As lockdowns, curfews and transport disruptions prevent many vulnerable people from getting healthcare, communities are stepping into the breach. Community health workers and volunteers are ensuring their peers, friends, and neighbours are protected from disease.”

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Socio-Economic Impact of COVID-19 in South Africa

“Economic growth (GDP) will decrease by 5.1% in the optimistic scenario and by as much as 7.9% in the pessimistic scenario. It may take at least five years for the economy to return to the pre-2019 levels unless innovative actions are implemented.”

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COVID-19 and the challenge of African borderlands

“Borderlands are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of disease control measures, in particular those that restrict movement and hinder informal trade. In the haste to combat the disease, these measures are not always justified by an analysis of the trade-offs between protecting public health and ensuring that people are able to meet their basic food and protection needs.”

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Community leaders fight COVID-19 alongside UNDP in Sudan

“In Sudan, UNDP is working with trusted local partners to respond and rebuild better as the ongoing pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in tackling poverty and inequality.”

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