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27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

25 Mar 2015 description

Hidroeletrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the company that operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi river, has announced that it will spend 480 million meticais (US$14 million) on protecting HCB transmission lines from the effects of flooding.

This protection will involve strengthening the pylons on or near river banks. Broader and deeper foundations for the pylons will be built, which will be able to withstand the force of the waters during peak moments of a flood.

24 Mar 2015 description

By Kate Seymour

Siphokazi Kosopi suffered intense discrimination after she was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). However, with the support of her family and the South African Red Cross Society, she has become an advocate for acceptance and a mentor to other MDR-TB patients in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

When she first fell ill in 2013, Kosopi did not know what was wrong with her. She had no appetite, had diarrhoea and was losing weight. Her family took her to a hospital where she was admitted and put into an isolated room.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.

10 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ndimyake Mwakalyele

WASHINGTON DC— South African authorities have reportedly sealed off the Sikwalakwala border post linking the country with Zimbabwe amid reports of a cholera outbreak in the south-eastern parts of Chiredzi, Masvingo province, and Beitbridge.

A regular caller on VOA Studio 7’s LiveTalk program, who normally identifies himself as Moshangani from Chigwedziba communal lands and is now based in South Africa, said that country allegedly shut down its border in order to protect its citizens from the disease.

06 Mar 2015 description

Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated.

05 Mar 2015 description

Despite the medical progress, teenagers living with HIV continue to face a raft of challenges.

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary production forecasts point sharp reduction in 2015 maize crop, due to dry weather

  • Following favourable supply situation in 2014/15 (May/April), lower production forecast for 2015 is expected to result in tighter supply situation and low export availabilities

  • Maize prices increased rapidly in last month in response to unfavourable production prospects. However, overall good supply situation in 2014/15 has maintained prices below their year-earlier levels

06 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Jessica Berman
February 04, 2015 5:23 PM

Most young women who are at the highest risk of contracting the AIDS virus do not use drugs designed to prevent HIV infection, even when they're offered. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, in thousands of women in Africa.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Ahead of the African Union Summit, former Presidents of Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa are among the new Champions committing to Fast-Tracking access to HIV prevention and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 January 2015—Today, the Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions) announced that four leaders are joining their distinguished ranks.

30 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

À quelques jours du sommet de l’Union africaine, les anciens Présidents du Malawi, du Mali, du Nigéria et d’Afrique du Sud comptent parmi les nouveaux Champions qui s’engagent en faveur d’une accélération de l’accès aux services de prévention et de traitement du VIH en Afrique subsaharienne.

JOHANNESBURG/GABORONE, Botswana, 23 janvier 2015 – Le groupe Champions for an AIDS-Free Generation (Champions pour une génération sans sida) vient aujourd’hui d’annoncer que quatre leaders avaient rejoint leurs rangs déjà composés d’éminentes personnalités.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Mail and Guardian

REX CHIKOKO

The government of impoverished Malawi has said it will need more than $65-million (R750-million) to reach out to more than 121,000 people made homeless and cut off by flooding, the worst in 24 years.

Malawi is the worst affected of the three southeast African countries hit by heavy rainstorms, which started two weeks ago. Mozambique and Madagascar have also reported damage and deaths from floods.

20 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

The ministers of health and private sector representatives of the countries of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) agreed on 15 January to establish a health trust fund to sustain the response to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

20 Jan 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Les Ministres de la Santé et des représentants du secteur privé des pays de la Communauté de développement de l'Afrique australe (SADC) se sont mis d'accord le 15 janvier sur la création d'un fonds fiduciaire pour la santé afin de pérenniser la riposte au sida, à la tuberculose et au paludisme. Les participants au tout premier dialogue officiel entre les Ministres de la Santé de la SADC et le secteur privé, organisé à Victoria Falls, au Zimbabwe, en marge de la Réunion conjointe des Ministres de la Santé et des Ministres chargés du VIH et du sida de la SADC, sont tombés …

16 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

The South African government is sending men and equipment from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist in search and rescue missions in flood hit areas of the central Mozambican province of Zambezia.

The decision is in response to a request for assistance from the Mozambican authorities.

13 Jan 2015 description

“At the most 30 or 40 people are still in the church, after the last group of women and children were moved. Some of the others are now in Soweto, where I live, while others were forced to find other shelter”, said to MISNA from Johannesburg, Paul Verryn, Methodist Bishop, former head of the Central Methodist Church. The Bishop is referring to the around 400 immigrants, mostly from Zimbabwe, who since 2000 had found shelter in the church, but were evicted on December 31.

09 Jan 2015 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 8, 2015

The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA.

30 Dec 2014 description
report Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo

WASHINGTON, DC— The Central United Methodist Church in Johannesburg, which has been home for thousands of refugees, many from Zimbabwe, is shutting its doors to refugees, on New Year’s eve, leaving an estimated 500 residents, in a panic.

Bishop Paul Verryn, who has facilitated the flood of refugees to the church, says he’s saddened by the news, and has issued pleas to whoever can assist, to help those who will be left homeless, following the closure on Wednesday.

12 Dec 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief child protection specialists, Leila Fasseaux and Neelam Fida, discuss how our Islam-inspired training is creating positive change for vulnerable children.

Over the last decade or two, the global voice on child protection has gone from strength to strength. However, abuse against children is still happening far too often.

11 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 11 December 2014 (IRIN) - Refugee advocates in South Africa have reacted with dismay and scepticism to a planned revamp of the asylum application process which the government says is designed to distinguish economic migrants from people with a bona fide case for refugee status.