Africa

Flight restrictions hamper ability to battle Ebola, UN cautions

The United Nations today cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying such limitations were preventing the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies, as well as contributing to economic and diplomatic isolation of the region.

South Sudan: UN mission condemns detention of ceasefire monitors in Unity state

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the detention of a team of six ceasefire monitors and three aircrew in Bouth, Unity state, on Saturday by forces allied to Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in opposition.

'Basic health care cannot be Ebola's next casualty', says UNICEF, ramping up support to Liberia

As part of the overall United Nations push to assist West Africa in battling the worst outbreak of Ebola in history, a cargo plane carrying 68 metric tonnes of supplies from the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) landed today in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, bringing urgently needed items to shore up the country's weakened healthcare system.

UN vows to radically scale up Ebola fight as ‘invisible’ caseloads are escaping detection

Dr. David Nabarro, Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola who was appointed by the Secretary-General to establish how best the UN can support affected communities, was wrapping up the first leg of a visit to all Ebola-effected countries in West Africa.

Humane world cannot let West Africa suffer ‘on such extraordinary scale’ – UN health chief

The newly-appointed United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola today began his visit to countries affected by the deadly disease, as the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) appealed for “massive, coordinated and targeted assistance” in the months ahead, saying “a humane world cannot let the people of West Africa suffer on such an extraordinary scale.”

Restoring dignity, ensuring ‘safe space’ for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical – UN official

A United Nations official for Nigeria today said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Chibok is instrumental in reintegrating the girls back into a “safe space” in society.

Welcoming political progress, UN envoy warns of dire humanitarian situation in Central African Republic

With a month left before the full deployment of the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN envoy for that country today said that while there have been pockets of improvements, the overall humanitarian and security situation in the country remains dire and “extremely volatile.”

As South Sudan crisis grows, Ethiopia becomes Africa’s largest refugee host

Ethiopia has surpassed Kenya in hosting the most refugees in Africa, sheltering 629,000 refugees as of the end of July, the United Nations refugee agency announced on Tuesday.

Ebola: UN health agency reports encouraging signs in Nigeria, Guinea

While the trends of the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria and Guinea, where the virus made its first appearance in West Africa last December, have shown encouraging signs, the United Nations health agency today expressed concern about the situation in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

UN mission in South Sudan condemns ‘sustained gunfire’ near Bentiu base

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today condemned the live gunfire by Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers near the UN base in Bentiu, that wounded a child.