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South Africa + 2 others
Space to heal in an unequal society

Johannesburg, 21 July 2014 – Thousands of refugee women risk their lives to escape places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where their bodies have been sexually violated as a tool of war. They travel thousands of miles to reach places like Johannesburg, hoping to find protection and a new start.

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World + 2 others
USAID announces +$500 million for new efforts to reach an AIDS-free generation at conference in Melbourne, Australia

Major awards with 19 partners to support global HIV and AIDS response

Monday, July 21, 2014
USAID Press Office
+1.202.712.4320 Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov Twitter: @USAIDPress

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World + 15 others
Sida : peut-être la fin de l'épidémie dans une quinzaine d'années (ONU)

07/16/2014 12:39 GMT

Par Agnes Pedrero

GENÈVE, 16 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Les décès liés au sida dans le monde ont chuté de plus de 30% en 10 ans, tout comme le nombre de nouvelles infections par le VIH, laissant espérer que l'épidémie puisse être vaincue d'ici à 2030 grâce notamment à une généralisation du dépistage, a indiqué mercredi l'Onusida.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
US Company Launches Early Infant HIV Diagnosis

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Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo 15.07.2014 20:19

WASHINGTON —Zimbabwe is among 15 countries in Africa that will soon be able to test infants for HIV in just 60-minutes.

The test, called Alere q HIV ½ Detect assay, which has proved effective in Maputo, Mozambique, where it was tested in five clinics, was developed by Alere, a leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic and health information solutions, in the world.

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Angola + 4 others
400,000 fomer Angolan refugees back home

The data were released Friday by the representative of the UN body in the country, Hans Lunshop, while speaking to Angop in Luanda on "Social reintegration of the former refugees returned to the country."

Hans Lunshop mentioned Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Namibia and South Africa as the main host and from where the repatriation operations took place after the achievement of peace in 2002.

He said that most of former refugees came from DRC, approximately 70,000 people, followed by Zambia with 20, 000.

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World + 9 others
IOM welcomes action to eliminate Malaria in endemic zones of southern Africa

IOM has welcomed the decision of Ministers of Health from Malaria-Endemic Countries in Southern Africa this week to adopt the Victoria Falls Declaration, in which they commit to eliminate and expand malaria control to hard-to-reach migrant and mobile communities.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 11 others
Comprendre le crime organisé en Afrique

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IRIN

LES POINTS CLÉS

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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World + 11 others
Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

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IRIN

By Philippa Garson

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New tools needed to analyse organized crime

  • Criminal financing of state structures

  • Weak states open door to crime

  • Development-oriented solutions needed

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Cape Town poor tap into new food markets

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IRIN

CAPE TOWN, 27 June 2014 (IRIN) - It is a Saturday in Cape Town. In many parts of South Africa’s second largest metropolitan area people mill about, inspecting baby cabbages and shitake mushrooms at one of a dozen or so relatively new farmers’ markets trading in organic or “natural” and - perhaps equally important to these consumers - local produce.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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Equatorial Guinea + 23 others
Four new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund projects will benefit 24 countries

Activities reflect African priorities, including youth employment and nutrition

25 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea– The FAO-managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund today gave a green light to four new, continent-spanning projects at a ceremony during the African Union Summit, being held here this week.

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, a key supporter of the fund, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva were in attendance.

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World + 6 others
Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM in Africa

KAMPALA, Jun 20 2014 (IPS) - Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? It seems that according to yet-to-be released research by Ugandan Gwada Okot Tao, FGM and other forms of circumcision in Africa could be linked to water.

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World + 24 others
Les déplacements forcés dans le monde dépassent les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale, selon un rapport du HCR

Un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR montre que le nombre de réfugiés, de demandeurs d’asile et de personnes déplacées à l’intérieur de leur pays à travers le monde a dépassé les 50 millions de personnes pour la première fois depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

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South Africa + 1 other
S. Africa’s New Immigration Laws Worry Zimbabwean Immigrants

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Voice of America

Thuso Khumalo

JOHANNESBURG — Four years ago, the South African government granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans -- who had fled to that country seeking asylum from political violence at home. But now, the Pretoria government is tightening its immigration laws -- a move which could make it difficult for many Zimbabweans to remain.

Turmoil in Zimbabwe over the years has forced huge numbers of Zimbabweans -- to flee into neighboring South Africa.

Some officials estimate that two million Zimbabweans now live in the country.

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South Africa + 1 other
Government and police failing to protect Somali refugees from deadly attacks

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Amnesty

Attacks on Somali-owned shops in and around Mamelodi township over the last six days have cost lives and livelihoods and are part of a disturbing trend of violence against refugees and migrants which the police and government are failing to address, Amnesty International said.

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South Africa + 1 other
Two refugees dead, many injured in attack

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Amnesty

Attacks on foreign-owned shops in Mamelodi, Pretoria, have left two refugees dead and dozens reported injured. At least 75 shops have been looted. The situation in the township northeast of South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, remains tense. Refugees and migrants are being evacuated from the area by civic groups but there is concern for the safety of those assisting evacuation.

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World + 5 others
As General Assembly Reviews Implementation of Declaration on HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Calls for Universal Access to Health Care

GA/11515

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
Plenary
91st & 92nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Member States Also Adopt Text Creating Mandela Prize for Outstanding Achievement

Despite progress in the worldwide fight against HIV and AIDS, the international community should not let confidence turn to complacency, the United Nations Secretary-General warned the General Assembly today.

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Mozambique + 4 others
IOM, UNHCR Organize Mixed Migration Meeting in Mozambique

Posted on Tue, May-27-2014

Mozambique - IOM and UNHCR yesterday hosted a meeting with key stakeholders to discuss the national response to mixed migration challenges in Mozambique. The meeting was part of the preparations for the 2014 regional Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA) conference, which will focus on mixed and irregular migration.

International Organization for Migration:

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Celebration of African Unity: IOM Launches Music Video to Promote Social Cohesion in South Africa

South Africa - Music and dance are among the ancient forms of art that have flourished for many centuries in Africa. Music entertains, educates, soothes and unites. We all have that one song that moves us too deeply and leaves us almost in tears when we listen to it. That is the power of music, the right combination of lyrics, rhythm and instruments can inspire change and shape society. This makes music one of the perfect ingredients for social change in our communities.

International Organization for Migration:

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South Africa + 1 other
Refugee Group: Zimbabweans Living in SA Set to Renew Work Permits

Report
Voice of America

Chris Gande

WASHINGTON — Leading Zimbabwean refugee groups in South Africa have dismissed recent press reports that Zimbabweans living in that country will not be allowed to renew their permits when they expire in November.

Although no official comment could be obtained from the South African government, the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai in that country and the Zimbabwe Migrants International, two of the organizations that hold regular meetings with South African officials on permit issues, both dismissed the reports.