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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen - Zimbabwe

07 Aug 2020

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A woman in the Tandanda District of Chipinge, Zimbabwe, received funding for half the cost of a breeding goat as part of a livelihoods project by GOAL International (December 2019). Credit: OCHA/Jayne Tinashe Mache

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 August 2020

Yemen: Humanitarian Coordinator statement on civilian deaths in Al Jawf

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, has issued a statement extending condolences to the bereaved families and wishing the injured a fast recovery after yesterday’s strike in the Haraad area of Al Jawf Governorate in northern Yemen.

This is the third attack in less than a month to cause multiple civilian casualties. It occurred as the victims were travelling by road. Although the number of victims is still being confirmed, it is reported that as many as nine children were killed and seven injured, and two women are also reportedly injured.

Some of the injured were taken to a World Health Organization (WHO)-supported hospital. Humanitarian partners are providing psychosocial and other support to the survivors.

Ms. Grande said that “like all senseless act of violence against civilians, this is shocking and completely unacceptable,” adding  that “the primary responsibility of a party to a conflict is to do everything possible to protect civilians and ensure they have the assistance they need to survive”.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of the population – more than 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. 

 

Zimbabwe: COVID-19 update and response

COVID-19 cases are increasing in Zimbabwe, with 4,339 cases and 84 deaths confirmed as of 5 August. The number of cases has doubled in the past 14 days.

The UN and humanitarian partners are supporting the Government-led response efforts, including enhancement of surveillance and testing, strengthening isolation of confirmed cases and quarantine of returnees, and support for the most vulnerable with food, cash transfers, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Before COVID-19, some 7 million people were already in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across Zimbabwe, and at least 4 million people were facing challenges accessing primary health care.

In July, more than 400,000 people were reached with either in-kind food distribution, cash or vouchers, while more than 1.5 million people were reached in June. In addition, some 172,000 people were supported with agriculture and livelihood assistance.

Since 10 July, more than 11,000 people were reached with access to safe water, more than 4,850 people received hygiene items, and nearly 55,000 people received sanitation and hygiene messages.

To date, 182 radio lessons have been developed and are currently broadcasting to address the learning needs of children at home in parallel with the distribution of learning materials.

In displacement camps, the UN has set up handwashing stations and incorporated personal protective equipment and COVID-19 awareness preventive measures in all activities.

The UN and humanitarian partners require US$85 million to respond to the immediate public health crisis and the secondary impacts of the pandemic on vulnerable people, in addition to the $715 million required in the Humanitarian Response Plan for Zimbabwe.