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27 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kwame Buist

OHANNESBURG, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts.

Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.

27 Mar 2015 description

Cholera Situation:

In Mozambique, 437 new cholera cases were reported since 19 March, which is a significant decrease from 843 new cases the previous week. All provinces registered a decrease in new cases between 22 and 25 March. The response is ongoing.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

26 Mar 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

This is not a new emergency, but an Alert to ACT Alliance members of an Appeal following an RRF Disbursement.

26 Mar 2015 description
report The Global Fund

GENEVA – Reuters news agency corrected a news item that had erroneously reported that the Global Fund had cancelled US$574 million of grants to Malawi. In an update, Reuters reported that funding is still going to Malawi to fight HIV. But Malawi decided to shift funding away from the National AIDS Council, after concerns emerged about financial management.

The original news item, titled “Global Fund cancels $574 mln for fighting AIDS in Malawi,” erroneously reported that Malawi’s Minister of Health, Jean Kalilani, said that the Global Fund had cancelled grants to Malawi.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

25 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Aida Akl
Posted March 20th, 2015

You don’t have to speak Chichewa to know what Chipatala cha pa Foni is about, but it helps if you are a pregnant mother or health worker in Malawi.

Chipatala cha pa Foni means health center by phone. Launched by the non-profit VillageReach in 2011, the center connects expectant mothers in Malawi with health workers to receive appropriate care and health services.

24 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

23 Mar 2015 description

In Malawi, WFP is providing food assistance to hundreds of thousands of people who have suffered terrible loss as a result of unusually severe flooding. To Esnart Thomu and her family, the WFP rations are a life-line as they begin to rebuild their lives.

“You may not know what this day means to me,’’ said Esnart Thomu (68) after receiving a supply of maize, pulses and vegetable oil from the World Food Programme (WFP). “It has given me hope.”

She is one of the thousands of people whose homes and crops were damaged by floods earlier this year.

23 Mar 2015 description

Regional Overview

Malawi
According to a recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) assessment, an estimated 615,837 people will need assistance for 2 to 5 months from March 2015 onwards, requiring an equivalent of 23,750 tons of maize.

The main air operations of the Logistics Cluster for the flood response will cease today, 23 March. Roads to previously isolated areas are re-opening.

23 Mar 2015 description

Summary

Since the start of the response operation to the Malawi floods the Logistics Cluster has:

  • Moved a total of 817 mt food and non-food items (NFIs).

  • Facilitated the transportation of 617 mt of cargo by air Coordinated the movement of 199 mt by road.

  • Facilitated 98% of cargo requests.

22 Mar 2015 description

LILONGWE: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has distributed aid to 32,000 underprivileged families on the outskirts of the Malawian capital, Lilongwe, as part of an emergency food and medical aid project targeting around 650,000 people affected by the floods that recently swept the African nation.

21 Mar 2015 description

Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.

20 Mar 2015 description

FAO-Brazil partnership promises fight against global malnutrition pandemic through school nutrition

19 Mar 2015 description

By: Kate Seymour with Erin Law, IFRC

Almost everyone in Zomba district in Malawi used to have access to safe water and sanitation. But when floods destroyed more than half of the latrines in the district in January and February 2015, people knew they had to act quickly to keep their water sources safe and stop the spread of waterborne diseases.

18 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • As of 15 March 2015, 148 cases of cholera were reported by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths.

  • With support from UNICEF, a cumulative population of 111,738 people have now been reached with sanitation services.

  • A total of 653 toilets have been constructed reaching 79,770 people.

  • Cumulative total of 4,561 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition admitted in CMAM.