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22 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030

Summary

21 May 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

NAIROBI, 20 May 2017 – The island nation of Cabo Verde and landlocked Swaziland have joined 26 other countries in Africa that are implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement which seeks to save lives, reduce disaster losses and improve management of disaster risk by enhancing risk knowledge.

16 May 2017 description

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

13 May 2017 description

South Africa: Improving management of unidentified bodies in 2016

The Pretoria Regional Delegation continues to work with various stakeholders with the objective of assisting people in humanitarian need as well as capacitating national authorities to enable them to adequately respond to humanitarian needs.

06 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF has fully rehabilitated 50 of the 69 schools damaged during Tropical Cyclone Dineo. The remaining 19 schools will be operational by June 2017.

  • UNICEF prepositioned WASH supplies worth over US$54,830 with the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) to be used by the WASH and Health Sectors as needed for emergency interventions such as floods.

05 May 2017 description

Desmidt, S., Hauck, V. 2017. Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). (Discussion Paper 211). Maastricht: ECDPM.

03 May 2017 description

Highlights
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.

Regional Summary

03 May 2017 description

Regional Overview

Region
The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

27 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Improved vegetation conditions across Southern Africa increase likelihood of aboveaverage harvests

• USAID partners provide assistance to cyclone- and drought-affected populations

• USAID/OFDA provides nearly $1.6 million to UNICEF to help address nutrition and WASH needs in southern Madagascar

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP scaled up the cash based transfer component significantly reaching 114,056 people, while 88,580 are receiving in-kind rations in March/April.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded. While the distribution of household rations resumed in November 2016, pipeline breaks are expected in June 2017.

Operational Updates

Drought and Food Security:

25 Apr 2017 description
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WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs

The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.  

24 Apr 2017 description

Bruxelles, le 11 avril 2017

L'aide de l'UE de 47 millions d'euros contribuera à répondre aux besoins des populations les plus vulnérables dans les régions des Grands Lacs, d'Afrique australe et de l'océan Indien.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

Maize price trends were mixed in February in the region. Tanzania and the DRC saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price increase of their main staple. Zambia and especially Tanzania registered the highest increase in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis.

11 Apr 2017 description

The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of €47 million to help people in need in the Great Lakes and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean regions, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflict and displacement, as well as widespread food insecurity and natural disasters.

04 Apr 2017 description

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) is hosting a two-day workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa from 30-31 March 2017 to validate a report on the Review of SADC Drought Mitigation Policies, Strategies and Management Plans.

The workshop is being organised as part of UNESCO’s interventions aimed at addressing drought challenges and is aligned to the SADC-Water Initiative (SADC-WIN). 

03 Apr 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

SHISELWENI, Swaziland – “We have high youth unemployment and high teenage pregnancy,” Mr. Obed, a traditional leader in Shiselweni, Swaziland, told UNFPA.

Yet many conservative, rural communities have resisted publicly discussing topics that would improve the health and rights of young people – including adolescent pregnancy, gender-based violence and sexually transmitted infections like HIV.