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01 Sep 2015 description

Author: Goratileone Kgwadu

The head of Bobirwa District Health Management Team (DHMT) has told councillors that his team was keen to eliminate Malaria from the sub-district.

Giving a presentation on the Malaria situation in Bobirwa recently, Dr Jackson Kaguamba said the hotspots villages were Semolale, Mathathane, Lentswelemoriti, Molalatau and Moletemane. Dr Kaguamba said the Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise to wipe malaria a disease caused by anopheles mosquito, would start in October.

31 Aug 2015 description

Huge developmental budget channeled towards Ministry of Mineral Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) is a clear demonstration of the government commitment to clamp down on water crisis bedeviling the country.

The Vice-President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi said during a kgotla meeting in Goo-kodisa recently that contrary to notion held by some detractors, the P3.3 billion share apportioned to MMEWR would help put up the necessary infrastructure and thereby mitigate water shortage especially on the Southern part of Botswana.

26 Aug 2015 description
report Voice of America

Anita Powell

JOHANNESBURG— Activists are hailing a Botswana court ruling that they say sets a precedent to improve access to HIV treatment across southern Africa.

On Wednesday, the Botswana Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the government is required to provide foreign prisoners treatment at government expense. The government had earlier refused to treat them. The court also ordered all foreign inmates to receive the same HIV testing as do prisoners who are citizens.

25 Aug 2015 description


  • Cereal production in 2015 decreased sharply, on account of poor seasonal rains

  • Food prices remained stable during the first half of 2015

  • Reduced domestic cereal production results in tighter food security conditions in 2015/16

11 Aug 2015 description
report Oxfam

Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. Unequal access to resources, poor access to finance and limited linkages to markets to sell their produce impose critical constraints, and food insecurity and poverty are the direct outcomes of this failure. In countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, between a quarter and half of the population are classified as being chronically undernourished.

07 Aug 2015 description


  • Regional maize supplies in southern Africa are expected to be below average over the remainder of the 2015/16 marketing year (Figure 1). Every country in the region is expected to have a deficit , except South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania , which will have below - average exportable surpluses. As regional maize production is not adequate to meet requirements , large and atypical supply gaps are likely .

05 Aug 2015 description

Water is essential to human development and prosperity, but many people still live without reliable access to it. As the number of people in the world increases, water scarcity is forecast to worsen. The Safeguarding the World’s Water report documents USAID’s water sector activities that address key global challenges during fiscal year 2014. The report also shares progress made during the first year of implementing its Water and Development Strategy.

04 Aug 2015 description

Author: Lucretia Chima

Cases of HIV incidence have marginally reduced, NACA acting deputy national coordinator has said. Mr Joseph Kefas said this during the Vision 2016 national stakeholder conference.

Presenting under the compassionate, just and caring nation pillar, Mr Kefas said in 2008, there were 1.45 per cent cases of incidence while in 2013 they registered 1.35 per cent.

He said the difference was something notable as it represented 5 000 people.

30 Jul 2015 description

Gaborone, Botswana | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 15:52 GMT

Botswana has allocated emergency funds in response to the worst drought conditions in 30 years with agricultural land badly hit by the lack of irrigation, the government said Thursday.

A special budget of about $44 million (40 million euros) was passed by parliament on Wednesday after President Ian Khama declared a general countrywide drought, the first since 1984.

23 Jul 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Leading HIV researchers describing results from multiple clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa report that innovative service delivery models are achieving results across the HIV treatment cascade that approach or exceed the 90–90–90 target.

14 Jul 2015 description
report UNAIDS

UNAIDS announces that the goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met nine months ahead of schedule

The world has exceeded the AIDS targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

06 Jul 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• Conflict in Yemen is causing increasing food insecurity.
As of June, at least 6 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity. Millions more could easily fall into the emergency conditions unless a political solution is found quickly.

03 Jul 2015 description

This season’s crop performance was poor across much of southern Africa, particularly in the region’s surplus-producing areas. Preliminary estimates indicate that national maize harvests in South Africa and Malawi were the lowest in more than five years. However, as a result of above-average carry-over stocks from the 2014/15 marketing year, aggregate regional supply is expected to be near average. Countries with significant production deficits this year, including Malawi and Zimbabwe, will likely experience an early start of the lean season and limited food access for poor households.

01 Jul 2015 description
  • A slight decrease in rainfall was observed over West Africa during the past week.

  • Parts of Eastern Africa have received below-average rain since the beginning of the season.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

30 Jun 2015 description

African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.
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30 Jun 2015 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona

June 28, 2015 8:45 PM

An extra year of schooling can cut the risk of HIV infection by a third, a new study shows.

The study, its authors say, is evidence that education is cost-effective HIV prevention, not even counting all the other benefits.

Despite unprecedented global public health efforts, HIV infects more than two million people each year.

Botswana has among the world’s highest HIV infection rates. Nearly a quarter of the population is infected.

30 Jun 2015 description


Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.

29 Jun 2015 description
report New Era

Katima Mulilo

As the December 31, 2015, deadline set by Namibia and Botswana for the voluntary repatriation of Namibian refugees in Botswana looms, Namibia has devised another strategy that involves inviting some Dukwe refugees to come and ascertain for themselves the social and political atmosphere prevalent in the country. Some refugees have been reluctant to come back home citing security fears.