Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum issues urgent appeal for peace in Ethiopia

The Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum, a network of civil society organisations in the East and Horn of Africa region, has issued an appeal for peace in Ethiopia over escalation of conflict in Tigray, Ethiopia. In the letter, the Horn of Africa Civil Society Forum expresses concern that the conflict in Ethiopia will claim the lives of many people and lead to destabilisation of the region. The Forum calls for the cessation of hostilities, peaceful and inclusive dialogue

VODAN Africa reaches a milestone: Patient data visit across continents without loss of ownership

The Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN) Africa has reached a global milestone. A historic data visit took place between Africa and Europe, between two FAIR data points where the data is stored securely and in-residence. The network was set up to ensure that COVID-19 data can be accessed in residence, according to the principles of machine-readible and FAIR (Findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data. Europe External Programme with Africa (EEPA) is partner of the VODAN Africa network. EEPA supports the administrative processes, partnerships and the VODAN Africa Foundation’s set-up in Europe.

COVID-19 – Unintended Teenage Pregnancy in Pumwani Majengo slum, Nairobi

By Francis Kinyua, Kamukunji Community Empowerment Initiative

In the Pumwani Majengo slum in Nairobi, the Kamukunji Community Empowerment Initiative (KACEI) is committed to holistically supporting and empowering youth and especially young women.. The organization is concerned that many teenagers (ages 11-18) will fail to complete their studies due to unintended pregnancies resulting in early marriages. “What we have been seeing on the roadsides and alleys while heading home to beat the curfew time is really dreadful,” a KACEI official stated, in relation to the emerging threats of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of teenage girls. “Teenage girls and boys are engaging in sexual matters, which will affect them after the coronavirus pandemic is over. We are going to have a lot of early unintended teenage pregnancies and early marriages after this,” the KACEI official emphasizes.