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28 Jul 2016 description

Au moins 109 millions de dollars nécessaires pour fournir des semences et des intrants agricoles et pour rendre de nombreux autres services.

28 juillet 2016, Rome - Avant que ne commence les préparations du sol pour la campagne principale dans quelques semaines, près de 23 millions de personnes en Afrique australe ont besoin d'une aide urgente pour produire suffisamment afin de se nourrir et d'éviter d'être dépendants de l'aide humanitaire jusqu'à la mi-2018, a indiqué aujourd'hui la FAO.

28 Jul 2016 description

At least $109 million is urgently required for the provision of seeds and other agricultural inputs and services

28 July 2016, Rome - With only a few weeks before land preparation begins for the next main cropping season, some 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves and thus avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid 2018, FAO said today.

27 Jul 2016 description

The Southern African Development Community declared a Regional Disaster and launched an Appeal amounting to U$2.4 billion to support the humanitarian needs and disaster response recovery of millions of people affected by the El- Niño-induced drought in the region. The declaring of the Regional Disaster and the launch of the Appeal was announced today the 26th of July 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana, by His Excellency Lt. General Dr.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal

As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

26 Jul 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production in 2016 declines steeply due to El Niño‑induced drought conditions
  • Imports of maize forecast at about 3.5 million tonnes in 2016/17, more than double previous year’s level
  • Maize prices remain at elevated levels mainly reflecting tight supply situation

Maize production in 2016 declines steeply for second consecutive year

25 Jul 2016 description
report IRIN

By Andrew Green

22 Jul 2016 description

Durban – All HIV positive inmates in South Africa’s correctional centres will from September this year receive life-saving antiretroviral drugs, irrespective of their CD4 count.

The announcement was made by Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla at the International Aids Conference, currently taking place in Durban.

“From September 2016, the CD4 count will no longer be used as an eligibility criteria for initiation on antiretroviral treatment. This implies that all HIV positive inmates will have to be put on treatment,” he said.

21 Jul 2016 description
report AidData

July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.

21 Jul 2016 description

Durban, South Africa | AFP | Thursday 7/21/2016 - 03:18 GMT | 798 words

by Kristen VAN SCHIE

Lebogang Motsumi, 27, still remembers the moment when she learnt she had contracted HIV from a man a decade her senior.

"It was August 15, 2009, at 1:00pm," she said, recalling the instant when her life changed traumatically.

"I was so ignorant," she said. "I thought HIV had a face" -- thin, poor and dying -- "and I wasn't that face."

19 Jul 2016 description

While significant progress has been made in South Africa since the first Durban conference in 2000, deadly and unnecessary HIV treatment gaps persist in other countries

19 Jul 2016 description

Contents

Cover story

Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

18 Jul 2016 description

London, 14 July 2016

The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people. Southern Africa is of particular concern as the region is facing its worst drought in 35 years, with an estimated 40 million people facing food insecurity, including some 23 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

18 Jul 2016 description

While significant progress has been made in South Africa since the first Durban conference in 2000, deadly and unnecessary HIV trea­tment gaps persist in other countries

13 Jul 2016 description

12 JUILLET 2016 | NEW YORK - L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et ses partenaires lancent aujourd’hui 7 stratégies liées les unes aux autres pour réduire la violence à l’encontre des enfants. Toutes ces approches ont été testées et ont donné des résultats concrets. En les réunissant, l’OMS espère une baisse spectaculaire des cas de violence à l’encontre des enfants.

12 Jul 2016 description

Southern Africa is facing a major food security crisis following successive years of drought, most recently as a result of the El Niño weather event which meant reduced rains for the region’s crucial 2015-16 agricultural season. Many countries experienced poor or failed harvests in April this year, leaving millions of people with little or no food to sustain them till next year’s harvest.

11 Jul 2016 description

A devastating El Niño-induced drought has affected an estimated 40 million people across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, and out of this figure, more than 23 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

In light of this situation, the SADC Chairperson, Lt. General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of Botswana will this month declare a Regional Disaster and launch a Regional Appeal for Humanitarian and Recovery Support amounting to US$2.7 billion.

06 Jul 2016 description

Plus de 60 millions de personnes sont déjà affectées par El Niño et davantage seront probablement très vulnérables aux répercussions de La Niña

6 juillet 2016, Rome - Les gouvernements et la communauté internationale doivent intensifier leurs efforts pour mettre fin à la souffrance des populations, renforcer la résilience et protéger les moyens d'existence suite aux effets dévastateurs du phénomène El Niño dans le monde entier, ont déclaré aujourd'hui les Chefs des agences des Nations Unies basées à Rome.

06 Jul 2016 description

Over 60 million people affected by El Niño, many more highly vulnerable to La Niña's likely knock-on effect

6 July 2016, Rome - Combined efforts to prevent further human suffering, strengthen resilience and safeguard livelihoods in the wake of El Niño's devastating effects worldwide must be rapidly ramped-up by governments and the international community, United Nations (UN) leaders said today.

24 Jun 2016 description
report The Global Fund

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa - South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa today launched a national campaign to transform the health of young women and girls in the country.

The new program led by the government and supported by global health partners will go beyond biomedical approaches that seek to prevent young women and girls from HIV and treat those infected with the virus. It will encompass long-term measures that address structural barriers, which predispose young women and girls to diseases.

23 Jun 2016 description

Johannesburg, 23 June 2016 - Conflict, war and persecution drive people away from their homes, all too often, with only the clothes on their backs and whatever other possessions they could grab before fleeing. In recognition of these challenges, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Southern Africa ensures that education remains an essential part of rebuilding the lives of displaced people and has witnessed the fact that education irrefutably unlocks potential.