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27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

27 Nov 2015 description

New recommendations show how to treat all people living with HIV and decrease new infections

Harare, 27 November 2015 –The world is poised to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 – provided it can accelerate the pace of progress achieved globally over the past 15 years, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report.

Already, much has been achieved. This year, the Millennium Development Goal that called for halting and reversing the spread of HIV on a global basis was met.

27 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Irwin Chifera

HARARE—Climate change is posing a serious threat to food security in Zimbabwe with the country now experiencing regular droughts owing to increased temperatures and reduced rainfall over the years.

But the cash-strapped government says it is doing something about trying to mitigate the effects of climate change.

According to the Environment, Water and Climate ministry, the country’s annual mean surface temperature has warmed by about 0.4 degrees Celsius from 1900 to 2000.

27 Nov 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Nov 27 2015 (IPS) - Noel Bhizori has a permanent post at a traffic light in Bulawayo’s central business district where he sells mobile phone recharge cards at a busy intersection.

“The profits are little but then this is the only means to earn a living I know,” Bhizori told IPS.

“I eat one meal a day, a plate of isitshwala (a staple of thick maize meal-based porridge) which costs a dollar. With my kind of earnings, this is what I can afford,” he said.

26 Nov 2015 description

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

UN@70 • Localising SDGs • Enhancing Food Security • Ending Child Marriages • Advancing Quality Health Services


26 Nov 2015 description


26 Nov 2015 description

By Stambuli Kim, Zimbabwe Red Cross Society

Life has not been fair for 18-year-old Micho Gatsi, an orphan who stays in the flood prone and drought stricken Mukombwe village, 340 kilometres north of Zimbabwe’s capital.

He had to drop out of school in grade 3 as his peasant parents could not afford tuition fees. He then lost his parents to HIV/AIDS three years ago. Since then, he has been faced with the daunting task of fending for this 14-year-old brother, all by himself.

25 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte

25 Nov 2015 description

*Op-ed by Bishow Parajuli

Violent extremists recently killed 130 innocent people in the city of lights and love. Joined by the whole world, Paris, however, remains unfazed by and it will not yield to this outrageous act. It is instead firmly in the spotlight for a just and noble imperative: hosting perhaps the most consequential of multilateral forums in recent times - the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The conference, known as COP21, will be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015.

25 Nov 2015 description

Responding to Humanitarian Needs and Strengthening Resilience to Food Insecurity


• An estimated 16 percent of the rural population (1.5 million people) is expected to be food insecure during the peak of the lean season (January to March 2016).

• Through a joint programme with the government, WFP plans to provide food assistance to up to 856,000 people in 36 districts during this period through cash based and in-kind food transfers.

25 Nov 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Set 18 as Minimum Age; Adopt National Action Plan

25 Nov 2015 description

Key Messages

Southern Zimbabwe is mainly experiencing Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) food security outcomes which will likely persist until March 2016 due to the ongoing lean season food assistance. However, some districts are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) because of lower than normal levels of program targeting. Most northern provinces are experiencing Minimum (IPC Phase 1) outcomes, with the exception of a few areas that are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) due to depletion of household food stocks and limited livelihood options.

24 Nov 2015 description

Executive Summary

THE restructuring exercise which the ruling Zanu-PF embarked on soon after the party 6th People’s Congress in December 2014 has shored up internal fissures which have been simmering beneath the surface.

24 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

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

24 Nov 2015 description
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Promoting Citizen Participation and Good Governance

23 Nov 2015 description

By Julie Bell

BINGA DISTRICT, Zimbabwe — It’s a bad memory for Brenda Mudzonga,* a geography teacher at Mupambe Secondary School in Zimbabwe. During her first six months at the school, there was no room for her in the cottage where most teachers lived. She stayed in a school store room with another teacher.

“I cried almost every day,” Mudzonga said. “I couldn’t see the other teachers’ cottage because it was so far away, and when my roommate wasn’t here, I was afraid to be by myself.”

23 Nov 2015 description


23 November 2015, GENEVA – A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events.

The five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States (472), China (441), India (288), Philippines (274), and Indonesia, (163).

23 Nov 2015 description

Early season moisture deficits in parts of South Africa, Angola, and Zambia


23 Nov 2015 description

According to a 2015 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), some 795 million people in the world still do not have enough food to lead healthy active life, with the majority in developing countries. At the same time, disasters are happening through out the world almost every day. Global food shortage is becoming a serious issue.

21 Nov 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Marko Phiri

LUPANE, Zimbabwe, Nov 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Thabiso Dube isn't helping his mother at home, the scrawny 8-year-old is working alongside her, doing odd jobs in exchange for food.

He should be in class, but has virtually dropped out of school because he is always hungry, said his mother Sithandile Dube, of Lupane district in Matebeleland North province.

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