UNAIDS proposes bold new HIV targets for 2025

In a new report, Prevailing against pandemics by putting people at the centre, UNAIDS is calling on countries to make far greater investments in global pandemic responses and adopt a new set of bold, ambitious but achievable HIV targets. If those targets are met, the world will be back on track to ending AIDS as a public… [Read More]

€22 million announced to support Health response in Pacific and Timor-Leste

The European Union has signed a new Financing Agreement with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to repurpose €22 (FJD $54, AUD $36) million in support of the Pacific region’s response to COVID-19 through the “Health Support in response to COVID-19 in the Pacific” programme. The programme will boost the readiness and ability of 15 countries… [Read More]

WFP and PDC join forces to respond faster to emergencies

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) have joined forces to help countries in Asia and the Pacific prepare for disasters and respond faster to emergencies. PDC’s Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai said, “We are pleased to support the widely recognized work of WFP in fighting hunger everywhere. Together, we… [Read More]

ADB approves $150 million financial support to help Papua New Guinea

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $150 million financial support to help Papua New Guinea (PNG) provide affordable, accessible, high-quality health services for all PNG citizens. Principal Public Management Specialist of ADB’s Pacific Department, Pamela Wyatt said, “Through ADB’s program, national and health-specific reforms are expected to increase the availability of funds, and… [Read More]

AKDN and EU collaborate to support COVID-19 response in Pakistan

Agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have been working in cooperation since April to support the health system and provide critical services to vulnerable communities in Pakistan’s mountainous north. The work forms part of an emergency 17-month programme being implemented in Pakistan aimed at responding to Coronavirus in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. The programme… [Read More]

IRENA and Pacific Community announce joint efforts to boost recovery

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Pacific Community (SPC) will work together to support Pacific island countries transition their energy systems to renewable energy sources as part of a drive to support the post-pandemic recovery. With around 64 percent of Pacific island residents living without access to reliable energy and much of the… [Read More]

$7.5 Million Financial Aid to support Guyana’s COVID-19 Response

The World Bank approved US$7.5 million Guyana COVID-19 Emergency Response Project to support the country in tackling the current pandemic and strengthening the country’s health system. The Guyana COVID-19 Emergency Response Project will strengthen laboratory capacity, support screening and surveillance, improve contact tracing, and equip healthcare facilities for more effective treatment and care of COVID-19… [Read More]

MetLife Foundation grants $4 million in COVID-19 relief support

The MetLife Foundation has announced grants totaling $4 million in support of COVID-19 relief efforts for low-income people and small businesses across the United States. The total includes grants of $375,000 to Breaking Ground and the YMCA of Greater New York to address the impact of the virus on the homeless in New York City… [Read More]

Gavi and IOM join forces to improve Immunization coverage for Migrants

The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their collaboration on vaccination efforts and related health services for migrants and forcibly displaced persons across the world, both regarding routine immunizations as well as in response to outbreaks. This milestone will be particularly critical in ensuring… [Read More]

International Conference on Emerging Technologies to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China and Guangzhou University, China is organizing an International Conference on Emerging Technologies to Combat the COVID-19… [Read More]

CERF releases $25M for Women-led projects battling Gender-based Violence

The United Nations has released $25 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support women-led organizations that prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. The funding has gone to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women who have been asked to channel at least 30 percent of it… [Read More]

EU channels additional emergency assistance to Central America and Colombia

The EU is mobilising an additional €1.65 million in emergency humanitarian aid to assist those affected in response to the devastating effects of the latest hurricane. This funding complements the €1.55 million package mobilized for Hurricane ETA last week. The additional funding will address immediate needs such as food assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene services,… [Read More]

ADB provides $20 million to help Cook Islands respond to COVID-19

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $20 million financial support to help the Government of Cook Islands manage the social and economic impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. ADB President, Masatsugu Asakawa said, “ADB is committed to supporting the people of the Cook Islands as they respond to the impacts of the… [Read More]

Gavi and IOM join forces to improve immunization coverage for Migrants

The Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their collaboration on vaccination efforts and related health services for migrants and forcibly displaced persons across the world, both regarding routine immunizations as well as in response to outbreaks. This milestone will be particularly critical in ensuring… [Read More]

ADB to help Sri Lankan SMEs recover from COVID-19

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $165 million financial support to Sri Lanka to provide immediate financing support for small and medium-enterprises (SMEs), which have been severely affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and long-term financing to underserved SMEs, including businesses led by women and tea smallholders. A supplemental $1.75 million technical… [Read More]

IOM scales up response for Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras

With the support of its partners and donors, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has allocated USD 750,000 for humanitarian and early recovery actions in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. These funds will provide food, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment for people affected by the hurricanes. IOM will continue to increase its… [Read More]

UK pledges £155 million aid to support peace and stability in Afghanistan

A £155 million package of support for next year, was announced by UK Minister for South Asia, via virtual remarks to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference in Geneva. The UK’s aid commitment will strengthen infrastructure and government systems, improve health and education services, and create the jobs and investment needed for greater economic independence. The UK’s… [Read More]

SNF Continues Pandemic Relief Initiative with over $9.8 Million in New Grants

In the latest round of SNF’s $100 million global COVID-19 relief initiative, new grants continue the initiative’s focus on supporting organizations providing essential services to vulnerable populations. As the pandemic grinds on, impacting communities around the world ever more deeply, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announces a new round of grants as part of its… [Read More]

PAHO issues new Guidance to protect population in vulnerable situations in context of COVID-19

Measures to control COVID-19 can be made more effective by targeting, embracing, and engaging informal workers, migrants and other populations in vulnerable situations, say experts at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Recommendations and guidance about those measures are detailed in PAHO´s new publication “Guidelines for the application of non-pharmacological public health measures in populations… [Read More]

WFP and PDC collaborate in Disaster Preparedness and Response

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) have joined forces to help countries in Asia and the Pacific prepare for disasters and respond faster to emergencies. PDC’s Executive Director Ray Shirkhodai said, “We are pleased to support the widely recognized work of WFP in fighting hunger everywhere. Together, we… [Read More]

WFP receives US$119 million or School Meals in Five Countries

The U.N. World Food Programme is receiving US$119 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide school meals in five countries in Asia and Africa. The Director of WFP’s Washington office, Jon Brause said, “Yet again, USDA demonstrates real leadership in reaching school-age children in the developing world with proper nutrition. In many countries,… [Read More]

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