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26 Nov 2015 description

Today’s youth has a unique stake in the global dialogue on climate change: within their generation’s lifetime, our planet’s climate will cease to be what we know it to be. Young men and women are playing an active role in protecting the environment and finding innovative solutions to climate change. After crisis, youth often play a pivotal role in adopting and promoting environmentally-friendly practices at home and in the community.

26 Nov 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 - UNICEF

NEW YORK/LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 November 2015 – If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.

25 Nov 2015 description

Despite some increase in precipitation, several regions experience strengthening dryness in southern Africa.

Heavy rains sustain the risk of flooding throughout parts of Kenya and northern Tanzania.

1) Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to above normal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed during the middle of November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

25 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte

24 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Countries adopt UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy to double number of people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2020

An estimated 15.8 million people are now on HIV treatment, a doubling from five years ago, as countries adopt the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy using data to fine-tune delivery of HIV prevention and treatment services to reach people being left behind

20 Nov 2015 description


Abnormal rainfall patterns during 2014/2015 have contributed to a spike in food insecurity, which is currently affecting at least 27.4 m people regionally (and this excludes Angola, which has yet to publish official figures; and Madagascar, which did not present to SADC, but where 1.9 m people are food insecure, of which 460,000 people are severely so). In Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2.8 m and 1.5 m people are food insecure respectively.

19 Nov 2015 description

Overview 2014/15 Crop Production Season

• Crop Estimates indicated extremely poor crop harvest in all dry land crop producing regions

• Aggregate cereal production (white maize, pearl millet, sorghum and wheat) is estimated at 67,800 MT

• Reflecting a reduction of 46% below average and 49% lower than previous season

• Also 17% lower than the 2012/13 drought season

• 38,100 MT white maize, 15,300 MT pearl millet, 1,700 MT sorghum and 12,700 MT wheat.

18 Nov 2015 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.

12 Nov 2015 description

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 30 September 2015, with an appeal budget of CHF 950,205 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) support the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) reach 11,500 drought affected people making interventions in the following sectors; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security, nutrition and livelihoods for seven months.

12 Nov 2015 description

Regional needs expected to increase with 2015/16 El Niño

06 Nov 2015 description
report New Era


Drought-ravaged villagers on the outskirts of Opuwo, whose crops failed for lack of rain have expressed their utmost appreciation over the provision of hot soup through a soup kitchen started two weeks ago by the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS).

NRCS initiated the drought relief programme, that includes food rations of maize meal, beans, fish and cooking oil fortified with vitamins, to assist villagers affected by the drought.

03 Nov 2015 description

Summary of WFP Assistance: WFP provides technical assistance to the government in two priority areas. The first is strengthening the Namibian School Feeding Programme, which is part of the country’s social safety nets. WFP’s technical assistance in this context focuses on i) Knowledge generation and management; ii) Strengthening and developing systems for impact monitoring; iii) Programme support and capacity building; and iv) Provision of policy and strategy advice on hunger related issues.

29 Oct 2015 description
report New Era

A much safer polio vaccine will be introduced to Namibia in April next year when the country transitions from trivalent live oral poliomyelitis vaccine (ToPV) to bivalent oral polio vaccine (BoPV), the Ministry of Health and Social Services said this week.

Marjorie van Wyk, the Acting Deputy Director for the Family Health Division in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, explained that the introduction of the new vaccine means the strains of polio type two will not be present in the new vaccine, thus making it safer.

27 Oct 2015 description
report New Era


All areas of Namibia have only a 25 percent chance of experiencing a wetter than normal rainy season, a 40 percent likelihood of a normal rainy season, and a 35 percent chance of below-normal amounts of rain from October this year to March next year.

26 Oct 2015 description

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 29 September 2015 CHF 950,205 to enable the IFRC to support the Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) to reach 11,500 drought affected people with a focus on interventions on the sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security, nutrition and livelihoods for seven months.

20 Oct 2015 description
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This paper examines prospects for enhanced regional migration governance and protection of migrants’ rights in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Migration in this region is substantial in scale and diverse in nature, incorporating economic, political and mixed migration flows. In addition to movements between countries within the region, migrants also come from across the African continent and even further afield. At its foundation in 1992, SADC as an institution initially embraced a vision of intra-regional free movement, but this has not become a reality.

19 Oct 2015 description

JOHANNESBURG – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are expanding their operations in response to growing food insecurity as a result of poor harvests across much of southern Africa. There will be an estimated 27.4 million food-insecure people in the region during the next six months, according to the Southern African Development Community 2015 Vulnerability Assessments. *

14 Oct 2015 description
report New Era


The water situation at Okankolo is reported to have worsened of late, as the majority of the boreholes on which the community heavily depends are malfunctioning or have completely dried up.

Following erratic rains over the past three years, not enough water has collected in the boreholes to sustain the community.

Constituency Councillor Joseph Imbili says 75 percent of people in his community get water from boreholes; only 25 percent of the community has access to clean potable water.