The new coronavirus is believed to be spreading throughout Yemen, where the healthcare system "has in effect collapsed", the United Nations has warned as it appealed for urgent funding. "Aid agencies in Yemen are operating on the basis that community transmission is taking place across the country," Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a Geneva briefing on Friday. "We hear from many of them that Yemen is really on the brink right now. The situation is extremely alarming; they are talking about that the health system has in effect collapsed," he said. Aid workers report having to turn people away because they do not have enough medical oxygen or sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment, Laerke said.
Yemen's Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations' aid delivery programs in the war-torn country -- a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. The rebel group has made granting access to areas under their control contingent on a flurry of conditions that aid agencies reject, in part because it would give the Houthis greater sway over who receives aid, documents and interviews show. The Houthis' obstruction has hindered several programs that feed the near-starving population and help those displaced by the nearly six-year civil war, a senior U.N. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the situation. "Over 2 million beneficiaries … are directly affected," the official said. The Houthis have been pushing back against U.N. efforts to tighten monitoring of some $370 million a year that its agencies already give to government institutions controlled mostly by the rebel group, documents show.
International donors have pledged $1.35bn in humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen, well below a $2.41bn fundraising target, according to the United Nations. The videoconference on Tuesday was organised by the UN and Saudi Arabia, a major player in Yemen's long-running conflict since it first launched a bombing campaign in 2015 to try to push back Houthi rebels who seized the northern half of the country. It came as some relief groups say they have been forced to stop their work even as the coronavirus pandemic rips through the country. "A total of $1.35bn in pledges has been announced from a wide range of donors to the humanitarian response in Yemen including to fight COVID-19," a UN spokeswoman told reporters. Mark Lowcock, UN emergency relief coordinator, said the global body would continue its fundraising efforts.
Artificial Intelligence for nonprofits is yet to be widely adopted, but the beginnings of its growth can already be seen. In a recent survey of 212 nonprofit leaders, 89% of nonprofit professionals believe that AI can make their organizations more efficient. AI's first impact on nonprofits will be seen in fundraising by enabling better, faster and more affordable predictive analytics. Analytics is a broad term that means gaining insights from data. Without necessarily knowing these labels, nonprofits have long used analytics in fundraising.