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27 Jun 2016 description

Disease epidemics result in substantial ill health and loss of lives and therefore pose a threat to global health security, undermine socio-economic lives and destabilize societies.

27 Jun 2016 description

Jane Gordon is about to embark on her third AVID assignment since 2013, and it all began with an Australian Red Cross role in Botswana.

One of the reasons Jane decided to volunteer was the fact that she had spent much of her career working on the "other side"– for a donor agency. She saw volunteering as the ideal way to round out her experience by being part of the implementing agency on the receiving end of donor funds.

24 Jun 2016 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Women and girls among displaced people remain at high risk of GBV in the region.

  • Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is the most prevalent form of GBV in humanitarian settings in eastern Africa.

  • Child marriage, rape and physical abuse are the common forms of GBV in stable environments, including southern Africa.

  • Regional WHS Commitments on gender call for end to financing gender blind programming.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

16 Jun 2016 description

(15th June 2016) - An estimated 41 million people - 23 per cent - of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance.

15 Jun 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS, New York/Nkhata Bay, Malawi – Five years ago, people living with HIV could receive HIV services and antiretroviral therapy (ARV) at Mzenga Health Centre in Malawi’s Nkhata Bay district only on Tuesdays. As a result, anyone seen entering the clinic on that day of the week was branded as living with HIV and subjected to stigma and discrimination by the community.

10 Jun 2016 description

Washington/Londres/Rome – Une analyse contemporaine importante de la pratique de repas scolaires mondial, conçue pour aider à renforcer ces investissements sociaux cruciaux, a été publiée aujourd’hui par le Partnership for Child Development de l’Imperial College de Londres (PCD), le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) et la Banque Mondiale.

09 Jun 2016 description

WASHINGTON/LONDRES/ROMA – La Alianza para el Desarrollo Infantil del Imperial College de Londres (PCD por sus siglas en inglés), el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) y el Banco Mundial han hecho público hoy un importante análisis de las prácticas mundiales en comidas escolares, diseñado para ayudar a fortalecer este tipo de inversión social esencial.

09 Jun 2016 description

WASHINGTON/LONDON/ROME – A major contemporary analysis of global school meals practices, designed to help strengthen these vital social investments, was released today by Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank (WB).

08 Jun 2016 description

UNAIDS and PEPFAR announce dramatic reductions in new HIV infections among children in the 21 countries most affected by HIV in Africa

Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009

02 Jun 2016 description

Key Messages

An extensive regional scale crop failure is expected in Southern Africa following an extremely dry cropping season. Consequently, the current regional cereal deficit of 7.9 million tonnes will increase steeply and unprecedented food price movements will continue through to the next harvest season. This will aggravate the food and nutrition security, health and HIV situation in the region.

02 Jun 2016 description

Les premières prévisions de la FAO concernant la production mondiale de blé de 2016 font entrevoir une petite diminution, de moindres volumes étant attendus en Europe et aux États-Unis d’Amérique.

31 May 2016 description
report UNAIDS

UNAIDS announces 2 million more people living with HIV on treatment in 2015, bringing new total to 17 million

New report from UNAIDS shows that the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines has more than doubled since 2010

27 May 2016 description

Press Release

(26th May 2016) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has established a Team to coordinate a regional response to the impacts of the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in close collaboration with Member States.

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon which is affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives especially for women, children and the elderly in the region.

17 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

11 May 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015

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30 Apr 2016 description
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Low regional cereal supply levels triggers price increases in parts of Southern Africa

Key Messages

28 Apr 2016 description

Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Kgotla Autlwetse, says the country has been experiencing severe drought that affected both arable and pastoral farming.

Addressing a kgotla meeting at Semolale in the Bobonong constituency on April 26, he said it was against this background that government declared drought in the country through efforts such as subsidised stock feeds.

He said in 2013/14, stock feeds were reduced by 20 per cent and further reduced by 50 per cent in 2014/15.