Up to 1,477,787 people will be reached in the coming months with food assistance;
The funding received/confirmed so far will only cover 38.2% of the total needs estimated in the SRP;
The most funded sector is the food security with US$ 67.1 million;
The maize grain prices remain well above the 5-year average by 177 percent in average and above last year prices by 136 percent in average;
The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2016 and the January to March (JFM) 2017. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, southernmost of Tanzania, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern-most Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall most of the season.
THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM
- The Country Office successfully launched the use of PREMISE and mVAM (remote mobile technologies for Food Security Surveys) to enhance market monitoring during the 2016/17 El Nino response.
This will help track changes on market behaviour with a view of providing advisory support to the Government through DMMU on the type of modifications to be made on food and/or cash transfers towards the food insecure population.
WFP is continuing its support to the El Niño-induced drought response and is scaling up its activities to assist 851,300 people by the next harvesting season in early 2017.
The third food security and nutritional assessment conducted by the Government is ongoing, and results are expected in September. Results will play a key role in confirming current and projected needs in the country, and will guide future adjustments to the ongoing drought response interventions.
RENAMO Attacks Deprive Thousands of Health Care
(Johannesburg) – Armed men linked to Mozambique’s main opposition party, the Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO), have raided at least two hospitals and two health clinics over the past month. The attacks on the medical facilities, which involved looting medicine and supplies and destroying medical equipment, threaten access to health care for tens of thousands of people in remote areas of the country.
FAO regional study finds gaps in seed availability and access
FAO launches regional appeal requesting $108 million to support 19 million people in the region
USAID partners continue to respond to drought-related humanitarian needs across the Southern Africa region
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa
The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.
Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.
Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.
Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa
UNICEF El Niño Nutrition results in 2016 in seven priority countries • Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.
• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.
Health Situation of Children in Southern Africa
UNICEF El Niño Health response in 2016 in seven priority countries The impacts of El Niño and La Niña are expected to more than double the regular caseloads of childhood illnesses (malaria, cholera, pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea) in the most affected countries.
• Diarrhoea cases among children are expected to increase up to 4 times that of the regular yearly cases.
• Projections of pneumonia cases among children show a 1.5 times increase in cases.
NAMPULA Mozambique – “Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and some were even pregnant,” 16-year-old Amelia Abadala Salimo told UNFPA. “I felt afraid to become one of them.”
This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.
During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.
Open sources reported damage to, loss of or the destruction of a wide range of humanitarian infrastructure on 160 occasions between January 2015 and June 2016.
The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.
The SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 22nd July 2016 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The objective of the meeting was to review the Food Security situation and progress in the implementation of Regional programmes including the development of the Regional Agriculture Policy Investment Plan. The meeting was also intended to update Ministers on the Food Security situation in the Region following the drought induced by the El Niño phenomenon.