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20 Nov 2015 description


Abnormal rainfall patterns during 2014/2015 have contributed to a spike in food insecurity, which is currently affecting at least 27.4 m people regionally (and this excludes Angola, which has yet to publish official figures; and Madagascar, which did not present to SADC, but where 1.9 m people are food insecure, of which 460,000 people are severely so). In Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2.8 m and 1.5 m people are food insecure respectively.

18 Nov 2015 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.

16 Oct 2015 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON D.C.—African health experts and officials have hailed the Chinese drug Artemisinin that they say is playing a key role in combating malaria on the continent.

The continent has Nobel Prize winner Chinese scientist, Tu Youyou, to thank for the drug that has been saving lives in many countries, including Zimbabwe where an official survey recently revealed Artemisinin's cure rate against malaria was as high as 97 percent.

28 Sep 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Monday 9/28/2015 - 16:04 GMT

A woman and two children died after a boat of migrants sank in the Indian Ocean trying to reach the French island of Mayotte, a prosecutor told AFP on Monday.

"The provisional toll is three dead: a woman of 20 and two children whose bodies were found by the police maritime unit," said Joel Garrigue, prosecutor on Mayotte.

"Seven or eight people were brought to land and estimates are that around 30 passengers were on this small boat that capsized," he added.

26 Sep 2015 description
report Sudan Tribune

September 26, 2015 (KHARTOUM) - An Egyptian security official Saturday said the authorities rescued 174 illegal immigrants, mostly Sudanese as they were heading to Europe on a boat, 47 nautical miles north west of Mersa Matruh.

Egypt’s al-Youm al-Sabi’i daily newspaper quoted the director of security in Mersa Matruh, Maj. Gen. Hashim Lutfi, as saying that the rescued immigrants include 23 Egyptians and 151 from nine other countries.

20 Jul 2015 description
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This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the impact of disasters in the Arab states. The study provides an assessment, interpretation and visualization of ten national disaster loss databases from the region (i.e.: Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen) including damage and loss data from the previous thirty years.

16 Jul 2015 description

UNDP & UN-OHRLLS Discussion Paper

Written by Gail Hurley, Policy Specialist on Development Finance

Executive Summary

24 Jun 2015 description

Situation Overview

The 2014/2015 Southern African rainfall season, which stretches from October to May , saw severe floods in the east of the region. The remainder of the region experienced poor rains that were late to arrive and irregular.

Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar were hit by multiple floods between December 2014 and April 2015 (accounting for 97% of all flood affected people) . A total of 10 tropical storm systems were monitored during the season, with tropical storms Chedza and Fundi affecting Madagascar in early 2015.

02 Jun 2015 description

In implementation of the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi relief plane carrying 100 tons of supplies, including 50 tons of foodstuffs and 50 tons of other supplies, including tents and blankets, arrived in the Comoros.

19 May 2015 description


There is a 26% (US$ 4 Million) short fall for the second phase of the anti-locust campaign in Madagascar. The last IDP site in Antananarivo is confirmed closed.

Camps in Phalombe, Mulanje and Zomba districts are reportedly closed but Nsanje and Chikwawa some IDP’s remain in camps.

13 May 2015 description


In Malawi, there were 47 new cholera cases last week, compared to 56 cases the previous week. All of the new cases were registered in Chikwawa (39) and Nsanje (8) districts, with no new cases in Blantyre district last week. However, with two new deaths (1 in Blantyre and 1 in Chikwawa), the case fatality rate has increased to 1.6. In Mozambique there were 97 new cholera cases last week, significantly down from 292 the previous week. No new cases were reported in Zimbabwe or Tanzania.


13 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano

This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.

04 May 2015 description


While favourable food security conditions prevail across most of Southern Africa, early warning signs provide alarming indications of looming significant food supply shortages that are likely to impact on the next marketing season starting from July 2015. The single major determinant of the negative performance is the erratic and unusually uncharacteristic rainfall season that has just ended.

30 Apr 2015 description


Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.