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30 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should use his position as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to address key human rights concerns in different parts of the continent, including his own country, Amnesty International said today.

President Robert Mugabe takes over the rotating position from the Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz which will see him in charge for the year ahead.

30 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

It never rains but pours for Tokwe Mukosi flood victims who were displaced last year following heavy flooding along the dam basin. They have failed this year to till their land or plant any crops due to shortage of draught power and farming inputs.

The villagers said their cattle died during the relocation exercise to Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi in the country’s agricultural region five, which is mostly suitable for cattle ranching and not crop farming.

30 Jan 2015 description

Additional rainfall expected in flood-affected parts of southeastern Africa, dryness continues in Angola

30 Jan 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - With agriculture as one of the drivers of economic growth, Zimbabwe needs to invest in the livelihoods of smallholder farmers who keep the country fed, experts say.

Agriculture currently contributes nearly 20 percent to Zimbabwe’s gross domestic product (GDP), due largely to export earnings from tobacco production. More than 80,000 farmers have registered to grow the plant this season.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Tzu Chi Foundation

Due to the heavy downpours, by the end of 2014, areas in the suburb of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, were flooded. Floodwater led to the collapse of houses as they were made of mud walls, displacing many flood survivors.

28 Jan 2015 description

Suppressed seasonal rains over southeastern Africa expected to provide relief to saturated ground conditions.

Mid-seasonal dry spells experienced throughout several parts of Angola, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.

28 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 28 January 2015 — UNFPA and its partners are working to provide humanitarian relief to hundreds of thousands of people who are in urgent need of assistance following widespread flooding in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. More than 760,000 people have been affected by the floods in wide regions across the three countries and an estimated 226,000 have been forced from their homes.

28 Jan 2015 description

Mozambique

Funding proposals for flood response being finalized

Since the declaration of a red alert on 12 January, heavy rains and floods have affected 157,172 people (32,711 households) in Mozambique and the death toll currently stands at 120. The Prime Minister visited the hardest hit province of Zambézia this week, where 96 people have died and over 38,200 ha of crops were lost due to the storms and floods.

28 Jan 2015 description

MOZAMBIQUE:

Since the declaration of a red alert on 12 Jan, heavy rains and floods have affected 157,172 people (32,711 households) and the death toll currently stands at 120. The Prime Minister visited the hardest hit province of Zambézia this week.

27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

New study on child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Two thirds of children in sub-Saharan Africa experience multiple deprivations

New UNICEF study provides extensive new data and analysis of multidimensional child poverty

27 Jan 2015 description

The latest generation of HIV medical technology is making breakthroughs in care for HIV-positive patients, and in containing the epidemic in many African countries. The latest blood test, known as the viral load test, offers patients hope for a future free from the possible complications triggered by the virus. During 2013 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) performed the test on around 30,000 patients in Zimbabwe.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Jeffrey Moyo

HARARE, Jan 25 2015 (IPS) - About eight years ago, 44-year-old Tilda Chihota was struck with tuberculosis which kept her bed-ridden for over six months at her rural home in Zimbabwe’s Mwenezi district, 144 kilometres southwest of Masvingo, the country’s oldest town.

Although Chihota later recovered after receiving treatment at a local district hospital here, early this year, she was once again struck with the same ailment. This time is came with increased severity in the form of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).

26 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The Embassy of Japan has decided today to extend a grant of ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and seventy-eight dollars (USD 99,978) to “Zimbabwe Council for the Blind” for the implementation of “the Project for the Improvement of Eye Care Facility in Mashonaland West”.

The Grant Contracts to this effect were signed by the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe H.E. Mr. Yoshi Hiraishi and the Director of Zimbabwe Council for the Blind, Mr. Aplos Nyathi at the Embassy of Japan in Harare today.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The Embassy of Japan has decided today to extend a grant of forty-seven thousand six hundred and seventy dollars (USD47,670) to Nyanhewe Primary School in Kariba District in order to implement its project for the improvement of sanitation and hygiene at Nyanhewe Primary School in Kariba District.
The Grant Contracts to this effect were signed by the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, H.E. Mr. Yoshi Hiraishi and School Headmaster of Nyanhewe Primary School, Mr. John Siasayi at the Embassy in Harare today.

24 Jan 2015 description

Flooding remains likely in southeastern Africa during the next week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although average rains fell over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains, has resulted in poor ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Voice of America

Irwin Chifera
22.01.2015 19:41

HARARE— Opposition leader and former prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Thursday appealed to the Movement for Democratic Change-led Harare City Council to prioritize unplanned settlements like Hopely in the provision of infrastructure and sanitation to prevent an outbreak of diseases.

Addressing Hopely residents in Harare South, Tsvangirai said it was disturbing that 10 years after it was set up, the settlement does not have proper houses, water and sanitation facilities, leaving local people exposed to waterborne diseases.

22 Jan 2015 description

Malawi

Many areas remain isolated as rains continue to hamper search and rescue efforts, as well as the ability of responders to provide essential services such as food and clean water. Still, the Government of Malawi and humanitarian partners are moving as fast as possible to help those in need.

22 Jan 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.