Sub-Saharan Africa conflicts exposing more women to Covid-19

More than 300,000 refugees from Ethiopia, Sudan and CAR have crossed into neighbouring countries

Refugees who fled Ethiopia's Tigray conflict at the border reception centre in Hamdayit, Eastern Sudan, on December 4, 2020. 

Photo credit: Yasuyoshi Chuba | AFP

What you need to know:

  • More than 60 per cent of the 2.5 million peopledisplaced within Ethiopia’s Tigray, Darfur in Sudan and the Central Africa Republic(CAR) in the ongoing conflicts in the regions are girls and women.
  • UNHCR warns that the fresh conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa could lead to a sharp increase in Covid-19, especially among girls, women and children if no urgent measures are taken.
  • The interruption of Covid-19 surveillance and control activities  in the region, coupled with mass displacements and overcrowded conditions, is feared to have facilitated massive community transmission of the pandemic.

About 2.5 million people have been displaced within Ethiopia’s Tigray, Darfur in Sudan and the Central Africa Republic(CAR) in the ongoing conflicts in the regions. More than 60 per cent of them are girls and women.

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