Entries by Circle Blue

Development Organization Aids 20 Million with Water Access Across Africa

In rural and urban communities throughout Africa, 20 million people gained access to clean water for the first time, according to an African Development Bank report. Published by the Bank’s evaluation unit, the report assessed the organization’s 400 water and agriculture projects from 2005 to 2016. The assessment highlighted not only the importance of water […]

Thousands of Cholera Cases Could Be Undetected in Yemen

Thousands of people in Yemen could be dying from cholera that is undiagnosed due to their fear of receiving treatment from the country’s overwhelmed health centers, according to an Oxfam report. Conditions are not likely to improve in the near term. The number of Covid-19 cases is expected to increase in the coming weeks, and […]

Maine City Begins Testing Wastewater for New Coronavirus

The Portland Water District, along with a lab at Saint Joseph’s College, has begun testing wastewater for inactive SARS-CoV-2 particles to better understand surges in Covid-19 cases. The district, which serves Maine’s largest city, is one of many communities across the nation who are testing wastewater to monitor virus levels. “Evaluating concentrations at the community […]

ICRC Supports Bangladesh Effort to Prevent Covid-19 Outbreaks in Prisons

The International Committee of the Red Cross said that it is increasing its pandemic assistance to the Bangladesh government agency that oversees jails. The international aid organization has donated tents, disinfection materials, and PPE equipment to the Prison Directorate, and set up hygiene facilities, all in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among […]

USAID To Support Handwashing Stations in South Africa

The United States government contributed $500,000 to UNICEF for the construction of handwashing stations in South Africa, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development last week. The facilities will be implemented in vulnerable communities and informal settlements as an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. “Hand washing with soap is a simple […]

Monsoon Season Brings South Asian Countries Triple Disaster

Communities in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal are coping with a triple disaster: flooding, the pandemic, and loss of livelihoods during monsoon season, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Wednesday. The monsoon has affected just under 10 million people in the three South Asian countries. Volunteers in the region […]

Overwhelmed by Public Response, UK Government to Double Pandemic Relief Support

Following an overwhelming response from the British public, the U.K. government will double its support for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Coronavirus Appeal, according to a statement today by the International Development Secretary. The Coronavirus Appeal provides aid to refugees living in overcrowded camps around the world and the U.K. government will match public funding […]

Harrowing Conditions in Egyptian Prisons See Covid-19 Outbreaks

Human Rights Watch released a statement Monday announcing suspected Covid-19 outbreaks in recent weeks in Egyptian prisons and police stations. Leaked letters, witness accounts, and credible reports from local rights groups and media indicated 129 suspected cases, 64 positive cases, and 14 deaths from Covid-19 complications. Overcrowding, lack of sanitation, and limited resources and medical […]

Pandemic Thrusts Venezuelan Migrants Deeper into Crisis

Venezuelan migrants housed in temporary shelters in La Guajira, just across the border in northeastern Colombia, are grappling with two debilitating forces: Covid-19 and lack of clean water, according to the NGO network HelpAge International. “We are hugely concerned about COVID-19 breaking out in La Guajira,” said Marcela Bustamante, a regional representative at HelpAge, in […]