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
Increased rainfall to bring some relief to anomalously dry areas of South Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Several consecutive weeks of above-average rainfall has increased the risk for flooding and river inundation in the White Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatorial provinces of South Sudan.
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.
Swaziland could soon become malaria free, indicates data from a national control program, specifying that between 2000 and 2014 the number of cases dropped by 99%.
The statistics also indicate that in 2013 the nation only registered 230 cases. According to Richard Feachem, director of the Global Health Group at the University of California in San Francisco, Swaziland could eliminate malaria by the end of 2016 or in early 2017. Malaria-free certification from the World Health Organization (WHO) will however take another three years.
- Heavy precipitation triggers numerous floods across several provinces of Kenya.
- Suppressed seasonal rainfall continues to strengthen dryness throughout many regions in southern Africa.
1) Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to abovenormal 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.
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.
Objectives of Assessment 2014/15
To assess the status of livelihoods and vulnerability in rural households and provide timely information for programming and decision making.
To understand the different capabilities (assets) of households to cope with crises such as droughts, floods, economic fluctuations, plant or animal pests and diseases.
Use the Household Economy Approach to get the numbers of people food insecure for the consumption period 2015-2016.
Ali was 11 and his brother Akim was just 8 when they arrived alone in Swaziland in 2010. They remember little about their long journey here from their native Burundi – or maybe they prefer not to talk about leaving their home and what happened to their family. “We don’t have any parents,” the boys say.
“But we do remember that then we had two brothers. They died in the war. We’re scared of war.”
Regional needs expected to increase with 2015/16 El Niño
Summary of WFP assistance
WFP implements two Development Projects, each with a focus on assisting the most food insecure groups of people in Swaziland: orphans and vulnerable children, and people with HIV and tuberculosis (TB).
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.
Tzu Chi’s long-term humanitarian project first began in 1995 in South Africa. Zulu women were empowered by Tzu Chi volunteers emigrating to the country, spearheading humanitarian projects with sustainable programs such as sewing groups that would later develop into sewing and other vocational skills training centers, as well as vegetarian farms, all of which are by women for women, an encapsulation of what is now goal 5 of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
More than 2,100 youth received better nutrition thanks to a recent shipment of fortified rice-meals to the Salesian organization, Manzini Youth Care, located in the city of Manzini in Swaziland. The donation was made possible through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization that provides food and life‐saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable.
In the new edition of USAID’s FrontLines magazine, read how the Agency is working to help people around the world prepare for and react to the rising temperatures and unpredictable weather that are the hallmarks of climate change. Some highlights:
DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.
The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.
From October to December 2015, the entire region is expected to receive normal to below-normal rainfall. For the remainder of the season - December 2015 to March 2016 - the southern half of the region is expected to receive normal to below-normal rainfall, while the northern half is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall. Northern and central Madagascar is expected to receive above-normal rainfall, the great south is expected to receive normal to below-normal rainfall.