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Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high warns Global Report – KBC

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The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises, an annual report launched Wednesday by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) – an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises together – has found.

Conflict, economic shocks – including due to COVID-19, extreme weather – pushed at least 155 million people into acute food insecurity in 2020.

The stark warning from the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises reveals that conflict, or economic shocks that are often related to COVID-19 along with extreme weather, are continuing to push millions of people into acute food insecurity.

Report’s key findings:

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The report  reveals that at least 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity at Crisis or worse levels (IPC/CH Phase 3 or worse) – or equivalent – across 55 countries/territories in 2020 – an increase of around 20 million people from the previous year, and raises a stark warning about a worrisome trend: acute food insecurity has kept up its relentless rise since 2017 – the first edition of the report.

Of these, around 133 000 people were in the most severe phase of acute food insecurity in 2020 – Catastrophe (IPC/CH Phase 5) – in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen where urgent action was needed to avert widespread death and a collapse of livelihoods.

At least another 28 million people faced Emergency (IPC/CH Phase 4) level of acute food insecurity in 2020 – meaning they were one step away from starvation – across 38 countries/territories where urgent action saved lives and livelihoods, and prevented famine spreading.

Thirty-nine (39) countries/territories have experienced food crises during the five years that the GNAFC has been publishing its annual report; in these countries/territories, the population affected by high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC/CH Phase 3 or worse) increased from 94 to 147 million people between 2016 and 2020.

Additionally, in the 55 food-crisis countries/territories covered by the report, over 75 million children under five were stunted (too short) and over 15 million wasted (too thin) in 2020.

Countries in Africa remained disproportionally affected by acute food insecurity. Close to 98 million people facing acute food insecurity in 2020 – or two out of three – were on the African continent. But other parts of the world have also not been spared, with countries including Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Haiti among the ten worst food crises last year.

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The key drivers behind rising acute food insecurity in 2020 were:

  • conflict (main driver pushing almost 100 million people into acute food insecurity in 20 countries/territories, up from 77 million in 2019);
  • economic shocks – often due to COVID-19 – replaced weather events as the second driver of acute food insecurity both in terms of numbers of people and countries affected (over 40 million people in 17 countries/territories, up from 24 million and 8 countries in 2019); and,
  • weather extremes (around 16 million people in 15 countries/territories, down from 34 million in 25 countries/territories).

While conflict will remain the major driver of food crises in 2021, COVID-19 and related containment measures and weather extremes will continue to exacerbate acute food insecurity in fragile economies.

Statement from the Global Network Against Food Crises:

“One year after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the outlook for 2021 and beyond is grim. Conflict, pandemic-related restrictions fuelling economic hardship and the persistent threat of adverse weather conditions will likely continue driving food crises,” said the European Union (EU), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – founding members of the Global Network – together with USAID in a joint statement released with the report.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the fragility of the global food system and the need for more equitable, sustainable and resilient systems to nutritiously and consistently feed 8.5 billion people by 2030. A radical transformation of our agri-food systems is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”

“The protracted nature of most food crises shows that long-term environmental, social and economic trends compounded by increasing conflict and insecurity are eroding the resilience of agri-food systems. If current trends are not reversed, food crises will increase in frequency and severity”.

To address these challenges the Global Network will step up efforts to promote resilient agri-food systems that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable, and will support major events this year such as the UN Food Systems Summit, the Convention on Biodiversity, the G20 Summit, the Climate Change Conference, and the Nutrition for Growth Summit. It will also cooperate with the G7 initiative to avert famine.

The Global Network emphasises the need to act urgently and decisively, and calls for the international community to mobilise against hunger.

Message from the UN Secretary-General:

“Conflict and hunger are mutually reinforcing. We need to tackle hunger and conflict together to solve either…We must do everything we can to end this vicious cycle. Addressing hunger is a foundation for stability and peace,” said António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in the foreword of the report.

The stark warning from the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises reveals that conflict, or economic shocks that are often related to COVID-19 along with extreme weather, are continuing to push millions of people into acute food insecurity.

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4 Steps to Perform a Website Security Audit – TechMoran

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Weak cybersecurity measures are to blame for the majority of hacking and cyber threats. When reading about the hacking issues you will be surprised to learn how common data leaks have been increasing recently.

Knowing what is running on your website is the first step in enhancing your website safety. But before jumping into checking the website for vulnerabilities, we should define a website security audit.

 Website Security Audit

A website security audit examines the website and server for current or possible vulnerabilities that perpetrators might take advantage of. Website security audits aim to search for flaws in your website’s design early on and fix them before hackers with destructive intentions note.

It includes everything from the website’s core functionality to plugins, themes, server settings, SSL connections, and configurations. The next move is to administer vulnerability scanning, also known as pentests, after all, weaknesses and gaps have been found.

In this scenario, cybersecurity teams perform simulated hacking attempts against the website, imitating real attacks. Then, risks associated with the vulnerabilities discovered in the first phase are calculated. Improving your web design in terms of security measures is only possible after detecting security risks.

Hackers will actively threaten the website’s protection with their tricks, according to industry professionals. Regular system auditing is critical. Following simple procedures and leaving the rest to chance is not the solution.

Administrators must be on their toes at all times and do a thorough screening and checking to ensure there is little to no room for abuse.

Steps to Perform Security Audit 

To do the audit you can whether use online auditing tools. There are several free and paid security scanning tools and resources available online.

Also, the agency that you are usually outsourcing your web development projects to may provide security audit services. If so, you can ask for their consultancy and auditing services.

Website security audits can be performed in four steps. So, let’s take a closer look at the measures and resources available to you to keep your website safe from cyberattacks.

Step 1: Finding The Vulnerabilities

The tool you chose will go into all facets of your website’s security in this first step. It can scan the servers, themes, plugins, folders, archives, web server, and other areas for bugs, malware, viruses, and insufficient protection measures, among other things.

Here are some of the tools used for this step of website security audit:

This tool scans your website codes for any malicious codes, malware, or viruses. It also performs component checks. e.g. it checks for any vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins and CMS on your website. 

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This platform will undoubtedly assist you in ensuring that the website adheres to industry-standard correspondence protocols and encryption.

Intruder prioritizes problems based on the threat they pose. It means you can fix the more serious flaws first and then move on to the less severe issues.

Step 2: Update Your Scripts and Applications

Ensure that all of the scripts and programs, such as WordPress and plugins, are recent and up-to-date. Read “How to protect your WordPress website” for more information on WordPress-specific hardening.

Set aside time to upgrade as soon as you get a notification that updates are available. Hackers look for out-of-date systems to exploit bugs that are fixed in the most recent update.

Step 3: Strengthen Your Passwords

Even though it seems to be an obvious measure, solid passwords can protect your website security to a high extent. All of your accounts, including your own, other users’ accounts, the hosting dashboard, and FTP access, must be secure.

Forget the pet and partner names, and please don’t use the term “password”. The more complicated your password, the better. To come up with some strong passwords, use a password generation program.

Step 4: Put An Ongoing Solution In Place

Hackers don’t take a day off, nor do malware and viruses. Your website can be attacked by hackers right after you finished checking it with security tools. That’s why you need to have an ongoing process in your website’s security audit to ensure maximum protection. A good idea is to get help from 10 top web design companies to make sure about the security of your app.

There are services such as Godaddy that you can outsource your website security for a day to day monitoring by their experts. This way you can focus on your business and feel relaxed that your website security audit is in safe hands.

Whatever you choose, make sure it works with your routine and keeps your site secure. If you can back up your data daily, that’s fantastic. If not, you may want to consider using an automated service. In any case, the company’s image and clients are on the line without a good website security audit procedure!
Author Bio:

Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses. You can follow me on Twitter.


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4 Steps to Perform a Website Security Audit – TechMoran

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Weak cybersecurity measures are to blame for the majority of hacking and cyber threats. When reading about the hacking issues you will be surprised to learn how common data leaks have been increasing recently.

Knowing what is running on your website is the first step in enhancing your website safety. But before jumping into checking the website for vulnerabilities, we should define a website security audit.

 Website Security Audit

A website security audit examines the website and server for current or possible vulnerabilities that perpetrators might take advantage of. Website security audits aim to search for flaws in your website’s design early on and fix them before hackers with destructive intentions note.

It includes everything from the website’s core functionality to plugins, themes, server settings, SSL connections, and configurations. The next move is to administer vulnerability scanning, also known as pentests, after all, weaknesses and gaps have been found.

In this scenario, cybersecurity teams perform simulated hacking attempts against the website, imitating real attacks. Then, risks associated with the vulnerabilities discovered in the first phase are calculated. Improving your web design in terms of security measures is only possible after detecting security risks.

Hackers will actively threaten the website’s protection with their tricks, according to industry professionals. Regular system auditing is critical. Following simple procedures and leaving the rest to chance is not the solution.

Administrators must be on their toes at all times and do a thorough screening and checking to ensure there is little to no room for abuse.

Steps to Perform Security Audit 

To do the audit you can whether use online auditing tools. There are several free and paid security scanning tools and resources available online.

Also, the agency that you are usually outsourcing your web development projects to may provide security audit services. If so, you can ask for their consultancy and auditing services.

Website security audits can be performed in four steps. So, let’s take a closer look at the measures and resources available to you to keep your website safe from cyberattacks.

Step 1: Finding The Vulnerabilities

The tool you chose will go into all facets of your website’s security in this first step. It can scan the servers, themes, plugins, folders, archives, web server, and other areas for bugs, malware, viruses, and insufficient protection measures, among other things.

Here are some of the tools used for this step of website security audit:

This tool scans your website codes for any malicious codes, malware, or viruses. It also performs component checks. e.g. it checks for any vulnerabilities in WordPress plugins and CMS on your website. 

This platform will undoubtedly assist you in ensuring that the website adheres to industry-standard correspondence protocols and encryption.

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Intruder prioritizes problems based on the threat they pose. It means you can fix the more serious flaws first and then move on to the less severe issues.

Step 2: Update Your Scripts and Applications

Ensure that all of the scripts and programs, such as WordPress and plugins, are recent and up-to-date. Read “How to protect your WordPress website” for more information on WordPress-specific hardening.

Set aside time to upgrade as soon as you get a notification that updates are available. Hackers look for out-of-date systems to exploit bugs that are fixed in the most recent update.

Step 3: Strengthen Your Passwords

Even though it seems to be an obvious measure, solid passwords can protect your website security to a high extent. All of your accounts, including your own, other users’ accounts, the hosting dashboard, and FTP access, must be secure.

Forget the pet and partner names, and please don’t use the term “password”. The more complicated your password, the better. To come up with some strong passwords, use a password generation program.

Step 4: Put An Ongoing Solution In Place

Hackers don’t take a day off, nor do malware and viruses. Your website can be attacked by hackers right after you finished checking it with security tools. That’s why you need to have an ongoing process in your website’s security audit to ensure maximum protection. A good idea is to get help from 10 top web design companies to make sure about the security of your app.

There are services such as Godaddy that you can outsource your website security for a day to day monitoring by their experts. This way you can focus on your business and feel relaxed that your website security audit is in safe hands.

Whatever you choose, make sure it works with your routine and keeps your site secure. If you can back up your data daily, that’s fantastic. If not, you may want to consider using an automated service. In any case, the company’s image and clients are on the line without a good website security audit procedure!
Author Bio:

Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses. You can follow me on Twitter.


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Nigeria’s Helium Health announces expansion into Kenyan Market

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Helium Health, the largest Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems provider in West Africa has announced the launch of its full suite of products and services in Kenya for the first time.

Partnering with three local providers, Philips Healthcare Technologies, Carepay and Savannah Informatics, Helium Health will be integrating new services, including an EMR to serve the entire East African market.

Tito Ovia, co-founder, Helium Health commented: “We have been planning to expand into Kenya’s thriving health tech sector since last year, so we’re very excited to be hitting the ground running in 2021, already working with three new local partners to help improve efficiencies and provide a better service to patients. We believe there is a great opportunity to harness cutting-edge technology to help improve the way healthcare data is gathered and managed across Africa, so partnering with like-minded healthcare providers and facilities in Kenya is an excellent fit for us.” 

Nigeria's Helium Health launches cutting-edge health tech services in Kenya
Helium Health founders (L to R) Dimeji Sofowora, Tito Ovia, Adegoke Olubusi: Image Credits: Helium Health

Jean Kyula, Country Manager for Helium Health Kenya and formerly a National Health Service (NHS) doctor in the UK added, “We are confident that we can play a major role in supporting both Kenya’s public and private healthcare sectors. We are delighted to announce that we are open for business, already working with three new partners in Nairobi, and rolling out in Uganda and Liberia. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role of technology in healthcare, and the need to keep building better systems, to develop more remote access solutions, and to improve efficiencies in our healthcare sector, so we’re looking forward to working with more partners, doctors, hospitals and clinics as we move forward.”

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Helium Health was co-founded in 2016 by three entrepreneurs, Adegoke Olobusi, Tito Ovia and Dimeji Sofowora, with a shared passion for solving the practical problems that they identified within the Nigerian health sector through the use of cutting-edge technology. In May 2020, Helium Health successfully closed a US$10 million Series A funding round (the largest fundraise of any software as a service (SaaS) healthcare provider in Africa) to scale and grow the business in both existing and new markets, expanding its footprint across East, North and Francophone West Africa. Helium Health has already partnered with facilities in Uganda and Liberia onboarding their 90-plus users early in 2021 and is now extending its services to facilities in Nairobi.

Helium Health offers a full suite of products covering the complete healthcare value chain, from Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and Hospital Management Information (HMI) Systems, to credit and telemedicine products. Over 300 healthcare providers and 5,000 health professionals in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana currently use Helium Health’s technology, allowing healthcare facilities to accept payments and issue invoices with ease, access quick funding, and hold televisits with their patients, making it easier for patients to get diagnosed from their homes. 

In 2020, Helium Health won the IFC Tech Emerge award, an award that matches innovative health tech startups with leading healthcare providers across Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to implement pilot projects and build long-term partnerships.  Helium Health willpilot its technology in the East African market.

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