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24 Jun 2016 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Women and girls among displaced people remain at high risk of GBV in the region.

  • Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is the most prevalent form of GBV in humanitarian settings in eastern Africa.

  • Child marriage, rape and physical abuse are the common forms of GBV in stable environments, including southern Africa.

  • Regional WHS Commitments on gender call for end to financing gender blind programming.

22 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN predicts deteriorating food security levels across the region by July

  • Drought-affected households in Lesotho and Swaziland report urgent water needs

  • USAID contributes an additional $52 million for drought response activities in Southern Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Jun 2016 description
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Annual Report: relief aid tripled in 2015

In 2015, Dorcas helped 373,375 people in emergency situations, which is more than three times as many people as last year. Many of these people were displaced because of the earthquake in Nepal, others were refugees from Syria and Iraq and there were many who fled because of the turmoil in eastern Ukraine. You can read all the details in our recently released annual report. Dorcas is thankful for all the donations and funds that made all of this possible.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

20 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • A total of 1,478 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) were admitted in the four emergency affected districts between December 2015 and April 2016, where active nutrition screening is taking place.

20 Jun 2016 description

20 June is World Refugee Day. In Malawi, WFP’s monthly distributions cover about 90 percent of food consumed by refugees. Without new contributions, WFP faces critical shortfalls that will aggravate the already fragile food security situation of Dzaleka camp.

18 Jun 2016 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR DECEMBER 2016

17 Jun 2016 description

Six evidence-based projects in developing world to scale-up with Canadian government help;

CDN$4.1 million matched by partners creates total investment of $8.7 million To date: 100,000+ people reached by Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program, 10,000+ treated

In trial, Kenya’s traditional healers and community health workers refer 1,600 to clinics, 500 diagnoses result;

Zimbabwe’s low-cost ‘Friendship Bench’ has powerful impact reducing depression

17 Jun 2016 description

June 17, 2016 IASC Early Warning, Early Action and Readiness Report for the period June to November 2016. The Report is biannual, with a 6 month horizon. It is the product of a group of Agency analysts. In most cases these individuals work for their respective Emergency Directors. Analysis of preparedness status is provided by OCHA. The Report complements more frequent interaction between RC/HC and the ERC as the IASC system officials accountable for ensuring interagency early action and readiness. This should take place using the IASC Emergency Response Preparedness approach.

16 Jun 2016 description

(15th June 2016) - An estimated 41 million people - 23 per cent - of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance.

15 Jun 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

UNITED NATIONS, New York/Nkhata Bay, Malawi – Five years ago, people living with HIV could receive HIV services and antiretroviral therapy (ARV) at Mzenga Health Centre in Malawi’s Nkhata Bay district only on Tuesdays. As a result, anyone seen entering the clinic on that day of the week was branded as living with HIV and subjected to stigma and discrimination by the community.

15 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

Patricia Mudadigwa

Thirty-six years after independence, villagers along the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border are still being seriously affected by landmines planted during the war of liberation of the 1970s by the Rhodesian security forces to stop freedom fighters from entering the country.

In several areas, some of the minefields are being cleared by a non-governmental organization, which is giving the villagers a new lease of life.

15 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

Loirdham Moyo

MUTARE, MANICALAND — Widows, people living with disabilities, the elderly and orphans claim that they are being forced by state officials in Mutasa Central in Manicaland province, to work for food set aside for them by the Ministry of Social Welfare.

They also claim that at times state officials demand $5 payments for the food aid donated by non-governmental organizations or other countries to alleviate hunger in most parts of Zimbabwe.

14 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

· WFP’s El Niño Response continues to require US$173.2 million through March 2017, following an additional US$10 million received from USAID.

· Small grains production project in Mwenezi district helps smallholders withstand impact of drought.

· Productive Asset Creation programme has commenced in May.

· Preliminary results from ongoing ZimVAC assessment reflect food insecurity above initial 30 percent of rural population.

Situation Update

10 Jun 2016 description

By: Thea Rabe, Norwegian Red Cross

31 million people in southern Africa are currently affected by the strongest El Nino event in 30 years. Expectations are that it could rise to 49 million. More help is urgently needed to ensure those most vulnerable get the support they need to prevent wide-spread starvation.