How Senegal has set the standard on COVID-19
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, health experts warned of a ticking time bomb in Africa as many feared that the coronavirus would overwhelm the continent’s fragile health care systems, resulting in massive fatalities. But nearly eight months after the first confirmed case on the continent, African countries appear to be coping. Read more…

How COVID-19 has created a crisis on the Venezuela-Colombia border
A humanitarian crisis has been brewing for the past six months on the Venezuela-Colombia border, where COVID-19 lockdown measures have had a devastating effect on Indigenous and migrant communities strained by the influx of tens of thousands of Venezuelan returnees. Read more…

Behind Vietnam’s COVID-19 success story
With one of the lowest number of cases and deaths worldwide, Vietnam’s COVID-19 journey has stood out in Southeast Asia and across the world. As of Oct. 9, Vietnam counted 1,100 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths, and it has recorded no local transmission now for over a month. Read more…

25 years after Beijing, what’s changed on gender equality? Not enough, experts say.
Twenty-five years after world leaders agreed upon the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, progress on gender equality remains uneven. The pandemic could now serve as a dangerous tipping point, experts say, threatening “major reversals” on women’s leadership and child marriage, among other issues. Read more…

COVID-19 is changing the face of extreme poverty
According to the bank’s latest projections, people who see their incomes fall below $1.90 per day — the international poverty line — due to the pandemic are more likely to be “urban, better educated, and less likely to work in agriculture than those living in extreme poverty before COVID-19.” Read more…

$100M genomic sequencing initiative launches in Africa
A $100 million initiative launched this week that aims to expand next-generation genomic sequencing tools and expertise across the African continent, which experts say could be used to tackle disease outbreaks more effectively. Read more…

1.8M people could die from tuberculosis in 2020: WHO
Last month, global deaths from the coronavirus pandemic reached over 1 million. Disruptions caused by the pandemic could also lead to more deaths from other diseases, such as tuberculosis. Read more…

COVID-19 threatens the vision of thousands in the Palestinian territories
Almost 18,000 people in the Palestinian territories have been unable to access eye health services since April as a result of COVID-19, according to eye health charity The Fred Hollows Foundation and St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, the only charitable provider of expert eye care in Gaza, the West Bank, and east Jerusalem. Read more…

Drought Diaries: The COVID-19 edition – Six families, three countries, one pandemic
Late last year, The New Humanitarian began Drought Diaries, an award-winning series tracking how climate-linked food price rises affected six families in three countries – Kenya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe. For six months, up until April this year, we checked in on our selected families to see how they were coping. They generously allowed us to monitor their basic expenditure, pry into their salary packets, and then quiz them on what had happened in their lives that month. Read more…

Surging violence in Burkina Faso threatens women’s access to health care
Ramata Sawadogo was eight weeks pregnant when she was chased from her home by gunmen in May of last year. The 30-year-old spent the next few months running from village to village, in search of refuge and health care, in Burkina Faso’s center-north region. Read more…