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22 Apr 2015 description

Johannesburg – A medical team from Médecins Sans Frontières, (MSF) has been responding to the health needs of displaced people for nearly a week now since violent xenophobic attacks in the KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province. The team provides basic medical care following needs assessments at three displacement camps, housing more than 5,000 people around the coastal city of Durban. A second team will soon conduct similar assessments in the Ekurhuleni region near Johannesburg.

21 Apr 2015 description

Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).

13 Apr 2015 description

JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.

  • The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;

  • Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;

  • During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.

30 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

30 March 2015 – The international community must gear up for a new era of “hydro-diplomacy” as the threat of water scarcity risks plunging the world into a period of geopolitical tension and stunted development, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told delegates gathered at the General Assembly today.

20 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Despite tremendous global progress on drinking water, gains not trickling down to the most marginalized

NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – Access to drinking water has been one of the biggest successes of the Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF said ahead of World Water Day, but for 748 million people around the world, just obtaining this essential service remains a challenge.

11 Mar 2015 description

DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.

•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.

09 Mar 2015 description

Highlights from this issue:

  • Are there new “game changing” antiretrovirals on the horizon?

  • What opportunity do long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) provide?

  • Can LARCs be provided successfully in crisis situations?

  • Do DRC hospitals have the capacity to provide surgical services?

  • How can a simple wall chart help improve immunization coverage?

  • How can mobile technology identify beneficiaries when they lack identity documentation?

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

19 Feb 2015 description

Mediation Can Prevent, Resolve Natural Resources Disputes New UN Guide Launched

Drawing on decades of experience in the field of mediation of natural resource conflicts, the Guide provides best practices and strategies for mediating different types of resource conflicts.

05 Feb 2015 description

Libreville/Genève, 4 février 2015 – A l’occasion d’un entretien avec le chef d’Etat gabonais Ali Bongo Ondimba, le président de la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (FICR), Tadateru Konoé, a appelé aujourd’hui les gouvernements africains à accroître leur soutien aux Sociétés nationales, de façon à leur permettre de jouer pleinement leur rôle d’auxiliaires des pouvoirs publics face aux catastrophes et aux crises qui tendent à se multiplier.

04 Feb 2015 description

Libreville/Geneva, 4 February 2015 – While meeting with Gabon head of state Ali Bongo Ondimba, the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr. Tadateru Konoé, today called on African governments to provide greater support to National Societies so they can truly fulfill their auxiliary role in the face of increasing numbers of disasters and crises.

03 Feb 2015 description

The year opened with a worsening of the ongoing conflicts in Yemen, Nigeria and Ukraine, each with potentially major regional implications. Violence escalated in Sudan, as well as in Lebanon's Tripoli and along its southern border with Israel, and a deadly clash between police and militants in the southern Philippines threatened to derail the peace process there. In South Asia, both Bangladesh and Nepal saw political tensions intensify.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

New study on child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Two thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa experience multiple deprivations

New UNICEF study provides extensive new data and analysis of multidimensional child poverty

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 …

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

24 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The benefits of strengthening disaster preparedness are cost effectiveness and the delivery of effective humanitarian response.

  • Countries in the region have varying levels of preparedness.

  • Mozambique and Madagascar are most exposed to tropical cyclones.

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