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Madagascar + 12 others
Southern Africa: Malnutrition Snapshot (as of July 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW: MALNUTRITION

Malnutrition levels, particularly stunting levels, in the southern Africa region are very high, as is reflected in child nutritional status. All the countries in the region have stunting levels that are of concern, above the 20% World Health Organization (WHO) threshold for stunting.

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Stranded Families Appeal for Food, Shelter

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Voice of America

A humanitarian crisis is looming in Buhera Central at Denhere village in Manicaland province where police armed with a High Court order destroyed nearly 30 homesteads, leaving close to 300 villagers homeless in a land dispute involving two headmen.

The families are now in dire need of food, clothing, shelter and identity documents following the torching of their homesteads by the police last month. A deputy sheriff from Chivhu led police details to Denhere village where they destroyed the homesteads.

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Needed supplies en route to Zimbabwe hospital network

A 20-foot container loaded with close to $300,000 worth of medical supplies and over-the-counter medicines left HPIC’s distribution centre today destined for Harare, Zimbabwe.

“Our partner ZACH (the Zimbabwean Association of Church-related Hospitals) has 132 hospitals in their national network and will distribute the supplies according to needs expressed by the hospitals,” said Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC. The container was filled with items on the national needs list.

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Zimbabwe Targets More Mothers in HIV Transmission

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Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo

WASHINGTON — A representative of the Ministry of Health attending the 2014 AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia, says Zimbabwe has made tremendous strides in curbing HIV transmission and AIDS in mothers and children.

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Madagascar + 4 others
Southern Africa Weekly Report Map, 15 - 21 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Regional:
At the SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis meeting in early July, the following information was presented:

  • For the 11 countries for which crop production data was available, cereal harvest increased by 15 per cent from 33.5 million tons in 2013 to 38.7 million tons in 2014. This is also 20 per cent above the five-year average.

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Zimbabwe Records High Crop Yields

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Voice of America

VOA Staff
17.07.2014 21:12

WASHINGTON — The government says this year’s harvest went up 82 percent and is enough to meet annual domestic consumption without supplementary imports for the first time in 11 years.

A crop assessment report from the agriculture ministry says the 2014 crop harvest increased to 1,46 million metric tonnes, up from 798,596 tonnes last year.

Zimbabwe has over the past decade struggled to achieve food security due to persistent drought and the shambolic land reforms that displaced thousands of productive white commercial farmers.

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Poisonous Plant Devastates Matabeleland Region

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Voice of America

VOA Staff 16.07.2014 20:45

WASHINGTON — A poisonous plant is threatening to decimate livestock in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland South province as it has completely devastated some grazing land in various areas.

According to the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), the cactus rosea tree has caused the death of a high number of livestock in the region.

EMA official, Amkela Sidange, says it needs about 3 million dollars to eradicate the weed, which has covered 3,300 hectares, and is threatening to spread at an alarming rate.

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Zimbabwe Official Says Most Occupied Farms Underutilized

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Arthur Chigoriwa 16.07.2014 20:59

CHINHOYI — An official of the Ministry of Lands and Rural Settlement says most farms that were grabbed from white commercial farmers under Zimbabwe’s controversial land reform program are underutilized at a time when the country is struggling to feed the needy.

Speaking at a prize giving ceremony here today in Chinhoyi, Agritex officer Edna Shambare, said the issue of productivity remains a serious challenge in most farms invaded by locals.

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Mozambique + 8 others
Southern Africa Special Report: 2014/15 El Niño Event - July 2014

Potential impacts of an El Niño event in southern Africa are likely to vary significantly

Key Messages

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ZPP Monthly Monitor (June 2014)

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The country has continued to record a decline in the number of politically motivated human rights violations. Incidents of covert harassment, intimidation, assaults, displacement and discrimination are commonly reported in all the 10 provinces. There was a significant decrease in the number of cases recorded during the month of June to 188 as compared to the 217 cases witnessed in May 2014.

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World + 15 others
Sida : peut-être la fin de l'épidémie dans une quinzaine d'années (ONU)

07/16/2014 12:39 GMT

Par Agnes Pedrero

GENÈVE, 16 juillet 2014 (AFP) - Les décès liés au sida dans le monde ont chuté de plus de 30% en 10 ans, tout comme le nombre de nouvelles infections par le VIH, laissant espérer que l'épidémie puisse être vaincue d'ici à 2030 grâce notamment à une généralisation du dépistage, a indiqué mercredi l'Onusida.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
US Company Launches Early Infant HIV Diagnosis

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Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo 15.07.2014 20:19

WASHINGTON —Zimbabwe is among 15 countries in Africa that will soon be able to test infants for HIV in just 60-minutes.

The test, called Alere q HIV ½ Detect assay, which has proved effective in Maputo, Mozambique, where it was tested in five clinics, was developed by Alere, a leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic and health information solutions, in the world.

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World + 35 others
Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.

Accounts

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Rural girls to receive sanitary wear

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The Zimbabwean

by Pamenus Tuso

Vana VeZimbabwe (Vavez) has embarked on the distribution of sanitary wear to disadvantaged girls in Matabeleland South.

The director, Josh Nyapimbi, told The Zimbabwean the project was in response to a baseline survey carried out in selected schools last year that revealed that 98% of girls need help with sanitary wear.

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Food security project launched in Shurugwi

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The Zimbabwean

by Brenna Matendere Munyati

A $15,000 market gardening project was formally initiated by British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert last week.

The Gwemombe Women’s Group Initiative is located in the southern part of Shurugwi and aims to help women support their families as many have lost their husbands to disease or migration. Women living with HIV are also targeted beneficiaries.

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Zimbabwe: Food Security Emergency Appeal MDRZW008 Operation Update n° 4

Summary:

Zimbabwe is experiencing chronic food insecurity. Based on the 2013 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) produced in May 2013, the 2013/2014 consumption year was projected to see 2.2 million people (25 per cent of rural households) food insecure by the peak of the hunger period in March 2014.