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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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India + 1 other
Indian Researchers Selected to Develop Next Generation Toilets

Indian and global researchers gather at “Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India” to discuss how to bring safe sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who lack access

New Delhi, March 22, 2014—Six Indian innovators were selected today to contribute to the development of sanitation solutions as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India. From a pool of 108 applications, these projects were chosen following an extensive, rigorous selection process by an expert committee.

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Residents flee as heavy rains hit South Africa

Hansika Bhagani, IFRC

When heavy rains hit the northwestern parts of South Africa in early March, few expected it to cause the devastation it has now inflicted. One of the worst affected areas is Limpopo province, where the rains fell for more than two weeks causing extensive flooding and landslides. Over 7,000 people in the Waterberg district of the province have had their homes flooded, belongings washed away and farms destroyed.

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World + 1 other
Tuberculosis: llegar a los 3 millones

Report
The Global Fund

24 de marzo de 2014

JOHANNESBURGO (Sudáfrica) – El Fondo Mundial está intensificando sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los países que tienen programas contra la tuberculosis a alcanzar el objetivo de atender a tres millones de personas que no son diagnosticadas, tratadas o documentadas en la lucha contra la enfermedad cada año.

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World + 1 other
Tuberculose : Atteindre les trois millions

Report
The Global Fund

24 mars 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud – Le Fonds mondial accélère les efforts déployés à l’appui des pays qui mettent en œuvre des programmes de lutte contre la tuberculose dans le but d’atteindre les trois millions de personnes qui, chaque année, ne sont ni diagnostiquées, ni traitées, ni même prises en considération dans le combat mené contre la maladie.

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World + 1 other
TB: Reach the 3 Million

Report
The Global Fund

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Global Fund is accelerating efforts to support countries implementing tuberculosis programs with the aim of reaching three million people that are not diagnosed, treated or documented in the fight against the disease every year.

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Postcode Lottery helps people with HIV and TB

A Red Cross programme supporting vulnerable people living with HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa is set to receive a £100,000 funding boost from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

As well as helping people get treatment and care in KwaZulu-Natal, Red Cross staff and volunteers also focus on preventing the spread of TB and HIV through community activities and peer education programmes.

'Fantastic support'

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Torrential rains kill 32 in South Africa in two weeks

03/17/2014 11:50 GMT

JOHANNESBURG, March 17, 2014 (AFP) - Torrential and persistent rains which have pounded parts of South Africa over the past two weeks have claimed 32 lives, the government said on Monday.

At least 3,000 people have been displaced, said a statement by the ministry for regional and local government.

Of the death toll, 25 people were swept away by flood waters while six were killed by lightning strikes and one died after a wall collapsed.

Most of the affected areas were in the north, northwestern and eastern parts of the country.

Agence France-Presse:

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South Africa Battles Drug-Resistant TB

By Brendon Bosworth

CAPE TOWN, Mar 12 2014 (IPS) - Despite an increase in diagnosis times, South Africa is facing a growing drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) burden as nationally there remains a large gap between the number of patients diagnosed with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and those who start treatment.

Between 2007 and 2012, recorded cases of MDR-TB, which is resistant to at least two of the primary drugs used to combat standard TB, almost doubled.

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South Africa - Severe Weather UPDATE (ECHO Daily Flash - 12 March 2014)

Heavy rainfall and consequent floods and river overflows continue affecting central, eastern and north-eastern South Africa. WMO reports 53 millimeters /24 hours in the capital Pretoria and 60 millimeters /24 hours in Aliwal North, between 10 and 11 March.

As of 11 March, local media report six people drowned in the province of Mpumalanga over 7-10 March, while two people are missing in Limpopo.

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World + 2 others
HIV treatment impacts on transmission - new studies by MSF

*Two new studies point to impact of HIV treatment on transmission in high-HIV-burden African contexts

Results also show viral suppression in one Malawian district twice as high as in the US

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South Africa - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash - 6 March 2014)

Heavy rains affected north-eastern areas of South Africa in the last few days, causing floods and damage in parts of Mpumalanga. In the north-eastern city Nelspruit (Mpumalanga), approximatively 97 mm of rain in 24 hours were observed on 5 March.

According to local media (as of 5 March), at least three people were reported killed in Mpumalanga province (one in Greylingstad, one in Volksrust and another one in Amsterdam) and 100 households were reported displaced in different areas of Mpumalanga.

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Zimbabwe + 2 others
Sweden backs IOM support for mobile and vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe - The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and IOM Zimbabwe have signed a two-year SEK 20 million (USD 3 million) funding agreement.

The funding will strengthen IOM and the Government of Zimbabwe’s capacity to respond to the emergency and humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants. It will also support transition towards community stabilization and recovery in migration-affected communities.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 4 others
Study merges worldwide data on sex assaults on women

02/12/2014 00:01 GMT

by Richard INGHAM

PARIS, February 12, 2014 (AFP) - Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem, published on Wednesday.

Its authors said that despite important gaps in data, the overall picture was clear: sex attacks on women are a big and widely overlooked problem.

Reporting in The Lancet, researchers carried out an overview of investigations in 56 countries.

Agence France-Presse:

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Pounds of Prevention: A Disaster Risk Reduction Story - Focus: South Africa

USAID’s commitment to disaster risk reduction includes an extensive focus on building first responder capacity around the globe. Thirteen years ago, USAID took notice of a nascent first responder organization based in Johannesburg—Rescue South Africa.

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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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Angola + 5 others
Over 26,000 Angolans to return home until end of 2014

Luena - More than 26,000 Angolan refugees living in neighbouring countries for the last 30 years have expressed the wish to return home until the end of this year, under the process of voluntary repatriation jointly organised by the Government and its international partners.

The information was confirmed by the representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Hans Lunshof, during the arrival of the first group of Angolan refugees from Zambia.

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Namibia + 1 other
Namibia still awaits drought aid from RSA

Report
New Era

WINDHOEK- Exactly three months after South African president Jacob Zuma pledged N$100 million in drought relief aid the donation remains entangled in bureacratic red tape.

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New HIV report finds big drop in new HIV infections in South Africa

Report
UNAIDS

New data show that new HIV infections have been reduced by about a third from 2004 and 2012. The South Africa 2012 HIV Estimates and Projections at-a-glance report was launched in Durban, South Africa on 10 January by the Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe and UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. Additionally, the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu launched the Operation Sukuma Sakhe Best Practices Publication at the same event.

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South Africa + 1 other
Zimbabweans migrating to South Africa at risk of abuse and exploitation

Report
Guardian

Migrants crossing Zimbabwe border to Musina in search of a better life are vulnerable to robbery, slavery and sexual abuse

For many, the border town of Musina promises to be the gateway to a better life. It is the northernmost town in Limpopo province, South Africa, and is the first stop for migrants travelling from Zimbabwe.

Read the full report on the Guardian.