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Record number of alerts shows urgent need for rapid and early support to stop the spread of COVID-19
Start Network has received a record number of crisis alerts - with 85 in a single weekend - from members in 69 countries. The alerts were for Start Network's new COVID-19 fund launched to anticipate and respond to critical virus-related humanitarian needs in low-income countries.
Shining a spotlight on mental health in the humanitarian sector during COVID-19
Mental Health Awareness Week in 2020 has taken on a more pressing and immediate priority in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, given the implications for the mental and physical wellbeing of billions across the globe.
COVID-19: What can we learn from previous lessons in responding to disease outbreaks in low-income countries?
Across the world, we have seen a consistent rise of disease outbreaks in the past decade and Start Fund has been instrumental in responding to many of them, including Cholera, Dengue fever, Ebola, and Lassa fever. Using project data from 12 activated Start Fund alerts and post-project learning exchanges from 2018 and 2019, we’ve developed four disease-specific learning papers and seven key lessons for COVID-19.
Start Fund: Shaping the future of humanitarian financing
Six years ago today, Christian Aid made the first alert to a new aid financing mechanism. The Start Fund’s first alert to food insecurity in South Sudan went on to disburse just over £300,000 to Action Against Hunger, Christian Aid, Plan International and Tearfund within three days of the alert. Originally conceived as an antidote to the limitations of the large pooled funds and traditional emergency appeals, in 2020 the Start Fund has come of age, a recognised pillar within humanitarian financial architecture and a force for transformation in its own right.
Start Network to support five ‘founding hubs’ to drive localisation of aid
Start Network has announced five founding hubs to be based in countries and regions affected by crises, localising resources and decision-making to improve the quality of humanitarian aid.
5 Key Insights from Tackling COVID-19 in Cameroon
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, Cameroon has been afflicted with one of the highest numbers of confirmed cases in sub-Saharan African, with approximately 6,143 cases confirmed and 197 deaths. The outbreak poses many challenges, particularly in the country’s many refugee camps, which were largely excluded from the government response plan due to limited resources. The Start Network’s Migration Emergency Response Fund (MERF) funded one of the first projects in the country to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and work to complement existing responses. In expectation of the fact that over 140,000 refugees and nearby communities would likely require support, given the increased vulnerability of refugees living in overcrowded camps with limited access to health services, Start Network members took an anticipatory approach to respond to the situation.
Three key lessons to improve risk-based decision-making
In 2019, we commissioned our first evaluation of crisis anticipation at the Start Network. We were keen to reflect on our risk-taking, look at which hazards we needed to invest in to improve our skill, and learn how to better measure the quality of anticipation alert notes submitted to the Start Fund. A key element of this was to look back across anticipation alerts and see where our forecasted emergencies had happened as expected and what kind of differences we had seen.
Going virtual: 2020 Assembly & 10-year anniversary
Start Network has decided to move it's annual Assembly meeting and 10-year anniversary celebrations to a virtual format.