Significant improvements in food security expected across the region
· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entailed the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.
Ongoing harvests improve own food access in Lesotho
Water: Are we all too wet behind the ears?
March 22 marked World Water Day; a day when we’re all supposed to take action to tackle the water crisis. But how many people even know there’s a crisis to be tackled? Certainly, a good few in the developing world will be aware that there’s something not quite right, since a full 1.8 billion of them still use a contaminated source of drinking water. This puts them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.
In 2015/6 Lesotho has been severely affected by a El Nino-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on population are set to continue until at least May/June 2017. Humanitarian partners have been able to secure more than USD 40.7 million for the relief response.
In December 2015, the Government of Lesotho declared a state of emergency after the worst drought in 35 years hit the country. Following the adoption of the National Emergency Response Plan in January 2016, the government appealed to the international community for humanitarian assistance in February 2016, pledging approximately US$ 11 million of its own resources. The United Nations Country Team mobilized US$ 4,782,918 through the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) which enabled the humanitarian programmes to start interventions in March/April 2016, which terminated in October 2016.
Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
South Africa: Improving management of unidentified bodies in 2016
The Pretoria Regional Delegation continues to work with various stakeholders with the objective of assisting people in humanitarian need as well as capacitating national authorities to enable them to adequately respond to humanitarian needs.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2017
In February and March, UNICEF supported the national measles rubella vaccination campaign and reached 17,565 children aged 0-12 months.
From January 2017 to date, UNICEF has assisted the Ministry of Health to provide therapeutic feeding to 239 children (128 boys and 111 girls) with severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
The use of food-related coping strategies falls in March
Households are engaging more frequently in at least one livelihood coping strategy
Maize meal prices continue to fall, reaching 9 percent below 2016 levels
Stock availability improves in markets
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund Representative to Lesotho Ms Nuzhat Ehsan has called upon the media in Lesotho to provide space for maternal health issues in their newspapers and programmes. She said it is through the media that policy makers would get to know about the state of maternal health and the high maternal mortality in the country.
Speaking during a press conference held at the United Nations building in Maseru on Thursday (04th May, 2017), Ms Ehsan stressed the need for reduction of maternal mortality to be in every policy makers’ agenda.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the first quarter of 2017 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.
- In March, food insecurity began to improve as many households began consuming green crops during the peak of the lean season. The situation further improved in April as poor and very poor households began drying the main season harvest early this season and consuming their own production as well. In addition, humanitarian assistance is still ongoing and will likely end in May and June.
Household food security expected to improve with prospects of improved harvests region wide
• Improved vegetation conditions across Southern Africa increase likelihood of aboveaverage harvests
• USAID partners provide assistance to cyclone- and drought-affected populations
• USAID/OFDA provides nearly $1.6 million to UNICEF to help address nutrition and WASH needs in southern Madagascar
This report shares the promising practices and lessons learned from the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT)
Initiative. It was informed by a call for inputs, issued to more than 100 implementing partners in nine countries.
The report is for local, national, regional, and global stakeholders interested in the design, implementation, funding, and sustainability of HIV care and treatment for children. It can be used in the countries involved in ACT and beyond.