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26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • 17 million people will likely experience Crisis levels of food insecurity from January–March 2017, FEWS NET reports
  • ZimVAC estimates more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population faces food insecurity
  • USAID contributes an additional $127 million for drought response activities in the region

Key Developments

  • Approximately 18.3 million people in acutely drought-affected areas of Southern Africa will require emergency assistance between June 2016 and March 2017, according to the Southern Africa Development …
26 Jul 2016 description

In Southern Africa, the effects of the 2015/16 El Niño event continue to devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agropastoralists. Two, and in some cases three, consecutive seasons of drought and poor harvests have particularly hit vulnerable families, as prices of staple foods have risen and their own production fallen. Lack of water and pasture has also severely constrained livestock production. Almost 40 million people are expected to face food insecurity by the peak of the coming lean season (late 2016/early 2017).

26 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal

As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

26 Jul 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Fatima Muhammed and Deborah Chavula are leading the way to assist fellow girls continuously attend school even during menstruation period. Both are 13 years old and are in Standard seven at All Angels Primary school in Senga bay, Salima district. After they knock off from school, they come back to the sewing room at the school and make sanitary pads for their fellow girls.

25 Jul 2016 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $127 million in additional humanitarian and recovery assistance to people affected by severe drought in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. In addition, the United States has also provided development investments to mitigate the drought's impacts and build resilience in Southern Africa.

25 Jul 2016 description

Monday, 25th July 2016

Lilongwe – The UN in Malawi deplores in the strongest terms, the practice of ritual cleansing ceremonies involving sex with young girls that continue to occur in different communities across Malawi and as recently reported from Nsanje District.

These practices are a violation of the rights of the girl child with immediate and long term psycho-social, physical, biological and health impacts. They directly lead to the high teenage pregnancies, early marriages, school dropouts and increased risk to HIV.

25 Jul 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

By Phillip Kaeding

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2016 (IPS) - Although the devastating El Niño of 2015 to 2016 has now subsided, in many parts of Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia rains and harvests are not expected to recover until 2017.

“We should expect future events to be less predictable, more frequent and more severe, starting with La Niña… The challenges to our response go far beyond humanitarian action,” said Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

23 Jul 2016 description

Humanitarian assistance expected to begin in Nsanje district amid large funding gap

Key Messages

23 Jul 2016 description

A year of record breaking temperatures is leading to increased incidents of natural hazards, resulting in further calls for support.

New York, 21 July – As 2016 continues to shatter records as the hottest year on record, dozens of countries are feeling the impact through increased frequency and severity of weather events. From droughts to floods and storms, UNDP and partners are seeing increased demand for post-disaster needs assessments and recovery planning.

22 Jul 2016 description

(Antananarivo, 22 July 2016) Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region.

22 Jul 2016 description
report Al Jazeera

by Azad Essa and Sorin Furcoi

Refugees fleeing fighting in Mozambique struggle to come to terms with life in the camps of Malawi.

Mwanza, Malawi - It is a chilly morning in Kapise. The mist has lifted over the hills, deep in Malawi's southwestern district of Mwanza. But this transit camp, which hosts thousands of Mozambican refugees, is still damp from the early morning dew.

Read the full article on Al Jazeera.

22 Jul 2016 description

By Katherine Mueller, IFRC

For the past eight years, Alice Harry has been living with the AIDS virus. She knows what it feels like to be hungry. She especially knows what it feels like to be hungry while taking anti-retroviral therapy, the medication used to fight the HIV infection. “For a normal person, it’s okay to skip a meal, but the medicine is too strong. I was getting sick frequently because I was taking it on an empty stomach,” says Alice. “But I kept up my medication, even though I knew I would be sick. I needed to be there for my children.”

21 Jul 2016 description
report World Vision

20 July 2016, Blantyre, MALAWI - World Vision, the World Food Programme (WFP) and government of Malawi will implement a food aid programme worth at least US$56 million to reach 1,039,049 people – over 80 percent of which is food aid.

21 Jul 2016 description
report AidData

July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.

21 Jul 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

El Nino-related drought has led to food shortages in much of southern Africa. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin told DW that more assistance is needed to feed those in need.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a relief program to feed families affected by the severe drought in Malawi. Over 18 million people are said to be in need of food aid in Southern Africa.

20 Jul 2016 description

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a new round of life-saving relief operations in Malawi where as many as 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – may require emergency assistance in coming months. This is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in the country’s history.

20 Jul 2016 description

Background

Malawi, as was the case with many countries in the Southern Africa Region, experienced weather related hazards because of the effects of El Nino. These weather related hazards included late on-set of rains, erratic rainfall, prolonged dry spells in most parts of the Central and Southern Regions and floods in Northern Region that affected parts of Karonga and Mzimba districts. These hazards negatively affecting crop production during the 2015/16 agriculture season.

19 Jul 2016 description

· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today

· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region