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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Chad - oPt

02 Oct 2020

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The Chadian Red Cross, WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR and the Office National de Sécurité Alimentaire (ONASA), a government agency, have joined forces to assist the flood-affected people of Chad. Credit: OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 2 October 2020

Chad: Floods impact and response

Floods have affected an estimated 388,000 people across Chad.

In support of the Government-led response efforts, the UN and humanitarian partners have provided initial support, including food and non-food items, to nearly 2,650 households in the capital, N’Djamena, and food to 12,000 displaced people in the Lake area.

An emergency accommodation site is being prepared in the capital with the construction of 100 shelters funded by the Government and tarpaulins provided by the UN.

UNICEF will assist more than 36,000 people with water treatment products, jerrycans, tarpaulin, covers and other non-food items, as well as the construction of 827 latrines.

In the eastern, central and southern provinces, which are the most impacted, very little to no response has been possible so far due to lack of resources and access constraints. An inter-agency needs assessment mission is scheduled next week to the affected southern province of Mayo-Kebbi.

Immediate needs include water treatment products, food, non-food items, and support to health structures for prevention and care of COVID-19 cases.

The UN and humanitarian partners continue to work with the Government to monitor the evolving situation and track the response provided.

 

Occupied Palestinian territory: COVID-19 update and response

As of 1 October, the number of people in the occupied Palestinian territory confirmed to currently have COVID-19 is 8,577.

Since the pandemic began, more than 51,000 cases have been reported, including 376 deaths. Of these, there are 3,075 cases reported in Gaza, including nearly 1,400 active cases, in which most of them are due to community transmission, raising concerns of the long-standing fragility of Gaza health system.

The UN and humanitarian partners continue to support local authorities in addressing critical gaps in medical supplies and providing essential services to more than 1,800 people in quarantine facilities throughout Gaza. In addition, preparations are ongoing to transform a number of quarantine facilities into isolation units in case of a substantial rise of infections.

This week, WHO delivered key supplies to Gaza, including 16,000 laboratory testing kits and 8 pallets of personal protective equipment items for front-line health workers. WHO also delivered 55 medical stretchers to key hospitals in Gaza, along with a specialized surgical orthopaedic operating table, to the Limb Reconstruction Unit at the Nasser Medical Complex.

To support the Government of Palestine-led efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, the COVID-19 Response Plan requests US$72.4 million through the end of year, but it is only 46.4 per cent funded to date.