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Motorbikes Speed Up HIV Test Results In Malawi

OWEN NYAKA

Improvements to Malawi’s network for transporting laboratory samples will help people living with HIV get vital test results quicker. The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation network in Malawi.

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EU to observe elections in Malawi

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European Union

The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Malawi, in response to an invitation by the country's Electoral Commission. This is the third time that the European Union is observing elections in Malawi (previously in 2004 and 2009), which reflects the EU's long term commitment to supporting credible, transparent and inclusive elections in the country.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.
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World + 14 others
Field Exchange No. 47 (April 2014)

• Milling vouchers in South Sudan

• IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

• Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

• Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

• Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

• Sectoral integration with cash programming

• Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

• Material support to health posts in Ethiopia

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Malawi + 7 others
IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world's high-risk malaria zones.

IOM will now back a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Malawi + 10 others
Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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Malawi + 9 others
New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

Summary: 9 April 2014, Brussels - A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This will be done, among other things, through the application, at country level, of some Voluntary Guidelines set up by the international community in 2012 to improve land governance.

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Angola + 7 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 10 – April 16, 2014

  • Average to above average seasonal rainfall continues throughout many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

  • The weakening of precipitation associated with the departure of the monsoon was observed across southern Africa.

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World + 4 others
10 years of EU and FAO joint work on agriculture and food security

•The European Union and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have had a steadfast and generous partnership in promoting sustainable rural development to improve the lives of the poor for over ten years.

•The EU is the biggest donor to the FAO, contributing US$1.2 billion to FAO’s field programme from 2008-2013.

•New projects signed between the EU and FAO in 2013 alone amounted to nearly US$ 200 million, of which 87% are funded through the EU’s delegations.

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Malawi Farmers Beat Drought With Year-round Farming

In 2004, WFP implemented a food-for-assest project in Phalombe distict in southern Malawi. Ten years later, the farmers who took part in the project are self-sufficient - no longer left high and dry when the weather turns against them.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
USAID FrontLines – March/April 2014

IN THIS ISSUE

About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah

EXTREME POVERTY
Introduction: A Call to Action to End Extreme Poverty

Weathering the Storm: Rice Lifts Bangladesh Village from Saltwater Deluge

Investments, Not Charity, Provide Hope to Ethiopia’s Most Vulnerable Children

In Senegal, First an Implosion and Then a Transformation

Lifting Cambodia’s Poorest Out of Poverty with Health Insurance

Timor-Leste and ConocoPhillips Improving Incomes for Rural Farmers

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Comoros + 4 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (1 to 7 April 2014)

Comoros:
Moderate Tropical Cyclone Hellen reportedly affected around 8,800 people to date, according to ongoing assessments by the General Directorate of Civil Protection (DGSC) and the Red Crescent. Government is leading the response with the assistance of UN Agencies and the Red Crescent.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014

JANUARY– MARCH 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Malawi 27-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable production prospects for the 2014 maize crop; harvest expected to exceed the previous year’s above‑average level if good weather persists

  • Prices of maize remain high, but some decrease observed in February

  • Approximately 1.9 million people are estimated to be food insecure, but conditions anticipated to improve with the start of the 2014 harvest in April

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March – 1 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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DFID in Malawi : Spring update 2014

NEWS

July 2013

During her visit to Malawi, Lynne Featherstone announced £20 million UK food assistance to help over one million people.

August 2013

Officers from Police Scotland headed up part of the DFID supported Malawi Police Improvement Programme (MPIP), enabling police in Malawi to better address public order issues after riots in 2011. November 2013