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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.

11 Dec 2014 description

Mais les conflits, Ebola et les conditions climatiques défavorables exacerbent l’insécurité alimentaire

11 décembre 2014, Rome – Les dernières indications confirment que la production céréalière mondiale devrait atteindre un niveau record de plus de 2,5 milliards de tonnes en 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description

Conflict, Ebola and adverse weather exacerbate local food insecurity

11 December 2014, Rome - Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014.

Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America, this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.

02 Dec 2014 description

South Africa - The IOM Regional Office for Southern Africa, in cooperation with UNHCR and UNODC, is conducting a one-day consultation workshop with High Level Officials from Member States of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) in Pretoria on 2 December 2014 to discuss the region’s response to mixed and irregular migration.

02 Dec 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

World Aids Day is a day dedicated to raise awareness about Aids and the spread of HIV throughout the World.

Globally, an estimated 35 million people were living with HIV last year, and 3.2 million of these were children. The vast majority of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2013.

30 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

28 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, le 28 novembre 2014 – On estime à environ 1,1 million le nombre d’infections au VIH évitées chez les enfants de moins de 15 ans entre 2005 et 2013, le nombre de nouveaux cas ayant chuté de plus de 50 pour cent pendant cette période, d’après des données publiées par l’UNICEF aujourd’hui à l’approche de la Journée mondiale de la lutte contre le SIDA.

28 Nov 2014 description

A US$4 million project to strengthen controls of food security threats and better manage plant and animal pests and diseases in the Southern African region was launched today in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

The project is funded by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund’s (ASTF), a unique initiative for mobilising resources ‘from Africa for Africa’ and administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).