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Communities across Southern Africa are facing Health Emergencies and Food shortages and in dire need of money. Has anyone raised help?

Hi there! Thank you for raising your concern. We are aware that COVID-19 pandemic has magnified health emergencies and food shortage across Southern Africa.

Many organisations are scaling up their response in the region by providing financial support and also distributing life-saving items like food and water purification tablets, plus necessary items for longer-term health, such as safe, sanitary products and hygiene kits.

Recently, UK has announced £7 million to help families in crisis across Southern Africa – many of whom are female-led households – improving access to COVID-19 information and basic services, and protecting livelihoods.

Communities in Lesotho, Eswatini, Madagascar, Namibia, and South Africa affected by the pandemic will benefit from a £6.5 million emergency fund that – through partners UNICEF, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)  

In addition, a new fund set up by the FinMark Trust will provide income relief to more than 8,000 families in Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe most affected by a drop in remittances from South Africa due to the negative impacts of COVID-19.

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