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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.
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.
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.
Reversing the inequity - Opportunity knocks again or missed opportunity again?
The COVID-19 pandemic is an opportunity to prioritise locally led responses and reverse existing inequities within the humanitarian sector. The Alliance for Empowering Partnership (A4EP) shares 10 recommendations from frontline responders to ensure that we live up to the Grand Bargain.
Start Fund COVID-19 activates 17 alerts, disburses £3.8m in funding
Following a limited top-up to the Start Fund COVID-19 fund, an additional 12 alerts have been activated. This brings the total number of activated alerts to 17, amounting to over £3.8m in funding.
How Medecins du Monde is responding to COVID-19 in Iraq and why urgent support is needed
Iraq is a very fragile country facing multiple political, economic, social and security challenges after the ISIS crisis. Since October 2019, the political situation has been unstable, with massive civilian protests and a gap in governance at the national level. ISIS has sleeping cells in the country, and there has been a significant increase in IS reported incidents against civilians and Iraqi security forces in April 2020.This situation has been complicated further by the arrival of COVID-19.
Interview with Dan Collison: Why local actors and fast decision making are key to effective humanitarian action
Dan’s commitment to working with local actors first started when he worked for Christian Aid back in the nineties, and he has always been keen to see localisation in the Start Network agenda. Dan is now leaving War Child to take up the position of CEO at Farm Africa, but we were able to chat with him one last time about the need for system change in the humanitarian sector and how the Start Network is attempting to do this.
First five projects for Start Fund COVID-19 selected
Projects for the first five alerts with the Start Fund COVID-19 were selected this weekend by local project selection committees.