Allison Namias Grossman

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Workers dressed in full body gear prepare to disinfect shops and streets in Conakry, Guinea, on April 12 during a cleaning and disinfecting campaign as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus. (Cellou Binani/Afp Via Getty Images)

African countries are the latest to confront the coronavirus pandemic, with over 17,000 confirmed cases on the continent. Two West African countries, Burkina Faso and Senegal, have seen particularly sharp increases in the number of covid-19 cases after initial case confirmation, which suggests these countries may follow a coronavirus path similar to Spain and Italy, two particularly hard-hit countries.

But some governments have struggled to convince citizens to follow basic public health guidelines to limit the spread of disease. Protesters in Côte d’Ivoire destroyed a covid-19 health center under construction, recalling the resistance to officials during the 2014 West African Ebola epidemic.…  Seguir leyendo »

In this Sept. 21, 2018, photo, men deliver U.N. World Food Programme aid in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. The United Nations and independent donors are rushing food to a desperate corner of northern Yemen where starving villagers were found to be living off leaves. (Hammadi Issa/AP)

In September, the World Bank announced a new partnership with the United Nations, the Red Cross, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon to help end famine. The group will use artificial intelligence and machine learning to predict famine and mobilize early funding to mitigate its effects. The goal of this Famine Action Mechanism (FAM): Ready sufficient funding to respond promptly to food crises.

FAM is part of a new trend of donor-funded programs that try to avert emergencies by responding before crisis hits. But donors and aid organizations already have early warning systems in place. Humanitarian responses to food crises are chronically underfunded.…  Seguir leyendo »