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Botswana + 1 other
Botswana, Lesotho sign partnership

Botswana and Lesotho on Tuesday, August 19, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in agricultural projects.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Christian De Graaff signed on behalf of Botswana while his counterpart from Lesotho, Mr Litsoane Litsoane represented his country.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr De Graaff said there was a lot that Lesotho could learn from Botswana such as the operations of Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), an abattoir that was set up to offer subsistence farmers a livelihood and sold to the European markets.

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Burundi + 9 others
AU, AfDB Ink Agreement for Improved Access to Rural Water Supply and Sanitation for 5 Million People

The Government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union-led initiative, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have signed an agreement aimed at providing at least EUR 50 million (approx. USD 70 million) within an Africa-wide resource mobilization initiative. The initiative will finance improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa. The agreement was signed on the fringes of the 23rd AU Summit held from 26-27 June 2014 In Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

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FAO promotes conservation agriculture in Lesotho through three year programme

In response to the 2012 food insecurity crisis in Lesotho, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) designed a three-year cycle programme to assist 18 500 households with agricultural inputs and know-how on agricultural technologies helping communities to adapt to climate change, building their resilience to better withstand future shocks.

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World + 5 others
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention: Improving Quality, Efficiency, Cost Effectiveness, and Demand for Services during an Accelerated Scale-up

New research highlights progress in HIV prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

USAID Press Office 202-712-4320 | Email: | Twitter: @USAIDPress

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Malawi + 7 others
IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world's high-risk malaria zones.

IOM will now back a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 29 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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Zimbabwe + 14 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review Southern Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, complex emergencies, environmental degradation, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Working Together to Bring Water to Lesotho

Governments and organizations from the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are working hand-in-hand to provide clean water to homes and businesses in Lesotho—a prime example of donor coordination that will ultimately benefit the Basotho people.

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Helping hungry families in Lesotho

The British Red Cross provided help to an emergency appeal in Lesotho, where nearly three quarters of a million people were in desperate need of food.

Faced with a chronic food shortage affecting more than 725,000 people, the government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency in August 2012.

The Lesotho Red Cross launched an emergency appeal and, thanks to support from people like you, we contributed £69,000. We also sent a member of staff to help.

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World + 5 others
United States Support for the Global Fund: A Key Partner in Saving Lives

“The success of PEPFAR, as well as efforts by the entire global community, including the great work done by the Global Fund, represents in truth a victory for the human spirit...The fight against HIV and AIDS shows what we can accomplish when we make the effort together, join hands, overcome the ideology and the politics, and really dedicate our hearts to win.”
- Secretary of State John Kerry, June 18, 2013

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Pregnant, positive and on HIV treatment for life


JOHANNESBURG, 5 December 2013 (IRIN) - In theory, protecting babies from HIV infection has become relatively simple: a process involving drugs for the woman before she gives birth and then for the baby after birth. But not in Lesotho, where poor health and transport infrastructure have meant that HIV-positive people living in remote mountain regions are often the last to receive care and treatment; doctors and nurses are in short supply; and almost a quarter of the population lives with HIV.


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Lesotho + 1 other
South African Farmers Help Hungry People In Lesotho – And In So Doing, Help Themselves

By purchasing from small holder farmers, WFP and it's partners are making positive changes on both sides of the border.

Smallholder farmer Sibongile Congwane (35) grins as she watches the mill employees carry bag after bag of maize meal, each marked with the South African flag, onto the trucks bound for Lesotho. This is the first consignment of maize purchased from South African smallholders to head to the Mountain Kingdom, where it will support the most vulnerable and food-insecure people.

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IOM Addresses Labour Shortages in Lesotho’s Health Sector

IOM has launched a project to support the Government of Lesotho to address labour shortages in the country’s health sector. Funded by the IOM Development Fund (IDF), the USD 200,000 project aims to attract diaspora health professionals in South Africa, the UK and the US to fill critical labour shortages in Lesotho’s health sector.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 10 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 2, Issue 2, November 2013

The IPC Team is happy to announce the publication of the second Issue of the new IPC Newsletter, which has been redesigned to include feature stories, as well as regular briefing sections of regional IPC news updates and upcoming IPC events.

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Changing health care in Lesotho

The services Mahlape receives at her community health clinic have drastically improved her health—and possibly even saved her life, she said. She receives regular checkups and antiretroviral treatments to battle her HIV. The treatments and immunizations have provided her infant son with a better chance at a more productive future.

And with the recent opening of a new clinic—whose construction was funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation—Mahlape is hopeful even more people from her eastern Lesotho community will benefit.

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Zimbabwe + 11 others
Statement from the seventeenth Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-17), Harare, Zimbabwe, 28 – 30 August 2013

Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for the period October to December (OND) 2013. However, south-westernmost Angola, coastal areas of Namibia, west coastal South Africa and northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall.