What’s new besides coronavirus?

English-language media has been saturated by coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the aid community, the shattered ceasefires and billion dollar price tags are grabbing headlines, including our own. (You can find our coronavirus coverage here.) 

But what about the “other” news? The world’s longer-running crises have not been standing still. Infectious diseases don't begin and end with COVID-19: we look at non-coronavirus global health issues, and the risks of ignoring them. Climate change-linked droughts and floods continue to take their toll in Latin America and East and Southern Africa. Migration routes remain risky for Rohingya refugees – hear first hand of the experience. And conflict from Ukraine to Democratic Republic of Congo offers no hope of peace.

If you need to catch up on these and other stories that risk being overlooked in the midst of coronavirus concerns, here’s a selection to get you started.


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How coronavirus is disrupting other health responses

Even as health workers scramble to contain raging COVID-19 epidemics across the globe, a host of services for other infectious diseases such as cholera, Ebola, measles, and polio are simultaneously being disrupted.

Conflict spikes in Congo's Ituri

When hundreds of militiamen arrived in January at a government-run demobilisation camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern province of Ituri, there was a flicker of hope that more than two years of conflict might be abating.

First Person | Why Rohingya refugees risk dangerous human trafficking routes at sea

“I know why desperate people risk their lives on dangerous trafficking routes: I was one of them.”

Is global warming driving the spread of dengue across Latin America?

Originally a tropical disease, dengue has begun to take hold in more temperate regions. Scientists say climate change may be to blame.

Syrian war crimes case set for trial in Germany

With the path to the International Criminal Court blocked, prosecutors try charging Syrian regime figures another way.

Diary of a drought | Life in Kenya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe as drought takes hold in eastern and southern Africa

Here’s what life is like in Kenya, Somalia, and Zimbabwe as drought takes hold in eastern and southern Africa.

In Ukraine, local volunteers keep the water running to frontline communities

Meet the unlikely humanitarians providing a vital supply to those on Ukraine’s front line as the war on the EU's doorstep enters a seventh year.

Violence and obstruction: Cameroon’s deepening aid crisis

Growing violence and government crackdowns on access have left hundreds of thousands of people beyond the reach of aid workers.

How to help migrants make the best decisions at the worst times

Information is power. Let’s empower refugees, migrants, and others on the move.

In Burkina Faso, arming civilians to fight jihadists. What could go wrong?

A new law will provide volunteers with weapons to fight extremists. Rights groups worry it will make matters worse.

Nowhere to go: Mosul residents in limbo as camps close

The Iraqi government says it wants to end displacement. But many people have little to go home to.

For Rohingya refugees, internet ban severs ties to the outside world

From following a genocide trial to calling for help, Rohingya struggle to connect as a months-long blackout leaves refugees fenced off.

South Africa’s xenophobia problem: dispelling the myths

After an upsurge in violence in Durban and Johannesburg claimed seven lives and forced more than 5,000 people to flee their homes, here’s a look at South Africa’s long history of xenophobia and some of the misconceptions that have been allowed to take root.

Coronavirus concerns are grabbing the headlines. But other crises haven’t stopped. Here’s a look at what else is going on.
What’s new besides coronavirus?

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