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26 Aug 2016 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2016 and the January to March (JFM) 2017. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, southernmost of Tanzania, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern-most Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall most of the season.

THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM

23 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO regional study finds gaps in seed availability and access

  • FAO launches regional appeal requesting $108 million to support 19 million people in the region

  • USAID partners continue to respond to drought-related humanitarian needs across the Southern Africa region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 Aug 2016 description
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa

The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.

Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.

23 Aug 2016 description
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Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Nutrition results in 2016 in seven priority countries • Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.

• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.

23 Aug 2016 description
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Health Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Health response in 2016 in seven priority countries The impacts of El Niño and La Niña are expected to more than double the regular caseloads of childhood illnesses (malaria, cholera, pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea) in the most affected countries.

• Diarrhoea cases among children are expected to increase up to 4 times that of the regular yearly cases.

• Projections of pneumonia cases among children show a 1.5 times increase in cases.

19 Aug 2016 description
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Background

  1. The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.

19 Aug 2016 description

The SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 22nd July 2016 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The objective of the meeting was to review the Food Security situation and progress in the implementation of Regional programmes including the development of the Regional Agriculture Policy Investment Plan. The meeting was also intended to update Ministers on the Food Security situation in the Region following the drought induced by the El Niño phenomenon.

11 Aug 2016 description

Mbabane, Swaziland | AFP | Thursday 8/11/2016 - 17:46 GMT |

Drought-stricken Swaziland Thursday said it would begin sever water rationing in the capital Mbabane after levels in the main dam supplying the city fell to a critical low.

Swaziland Water Services Corporation (SWSC) said the restrictions would begin on Friday and probably last until the arrival of summer rains expected around October.

Under the measure, there will be no mains water for four days a week. Residents will collect water from mobile tanks instead.

11 Aug 2016 description

IN FOCUS & FOOD INSECURITY HOTSPOTS

  • Drought has left 23 million requiring food assistance in Southern Africa.

  • An outbreak of fighting in South Sudan has caused new displacements and food price increases in the capital Juba. The South Sudan IPC update for April 2016 estimated that 4.8 million people (40 percent of the population) would face severe food insecurity in the May–July 2016 lean season.

11 Aug 2016 description
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa

• The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.

• Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

• Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.

11 Aug 2016 description
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Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa

• Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.

• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.

• Over 513,000 children are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the 7 priority countries.