The convergence of multiple crises in southern Africa is destroying communities and undermining political stability in the region. Extreme poverty and erratic climatic patterns affecting harvests and creating severe food deficits have been compounded by a gloomy and hazardous spread of HIV/AIDS. There are an estimated 73,000 orphaned children under the age of 15 who live in Lesotho without parents who have died from AIDS and malnutrition.
A cereal deficit of approximately 1 million MT is expected for the 2003/04 consumption year; the Government and NGO community need to start planning for continued food aid, non food aid and food imports for the 2003/04 consumption year.
The widespread food availability problems will start to ease up in March 2003 for most farmers who have planted early maize crops in the northern, eastern and some central districts of the country.
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SADC REGIONAL FOOD SECURITY EMERGENCY ASSESSMENT HIGHLIGHTS
JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expressed immense gratitude in response to today's extremely generous donation of almost US$20 million (ZAR170 million) by the Republic of South Africa to the agency's emergency food operation for southern Africa.
JOHANNESBURG - The international community has so far succeeded in averting a humanitarian catastrophe in southern Africa, but the monumental proportions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic is unleashing a disaster which threatens the very existence of countries," warned two United Nations Special Envoys after a week-long UN inter-agency mission to four southern African countries.
JOHANNESBURG, 29 January (IRIN) - Although a humanitarian crisis had been mitigated in Southern Africa through swift food aid deliveries, a horrifying new disaster was looming in Southern Africa in the form of HIV/AIDS, James Morris, the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for humanitarian needs in Southern Africa warned on Wednesday.
- UN Special Envoys Visit Zimbabwe
- Cholera cases continue to increase
- Malaria cases increase
- Planning for the National Nutrition
Survey almost complete
The battle against starvation in Southern Africa does not merely depend on one organisation alone, but on the cohesion and collaboration of many players such as NGOs, UN agencies, donor governments, recipient governments, churches, local communities, civil society, as well as other individuals elsewhere in the world, says Paul Sitnam, World Vision's Senior Relief Coordinator for SAFER.
UN Special Envoys in Zimbabwe
The United States ambassador to Zimbabwe on Wednesday officially launched the C-SAFE programme in Zimbabwe. At a press conference, the ambassador told journalists that the US government was willing to assist the needy populations of Zimbabwe in every way possible.
HARARE, Jan 28 (AFP) - Five foreign church aid workers arrested last week in Zimbabwe on suspicion of being undercover journalists were freed Tuesday without charges being pressed against them, a lawyer said.
January 28, 2003, Baltimore - Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Executive Director, Ken Hackett, today announced the appointment of Annemarie Reilly to the position of Regional Director for Southern Africa. Ms. Reilly, who will assume her new post in Harare, Zimbabwe, on February 15, 2003, will oversee the agency's programs in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Déclaration du porte-parole adjoint du Quai d'Orsay
(Paris, le 27 janvier 2003) - Le secrétaire d'Etat, M. Renaud Muselier, s'est rendu au Malawi, en Zambie, et au Botswana du 22 au 24 janvier.
Cette tournée régionale en Afrique australe a marqué :
- la solidarité de la France face à une situation alimentaire critique en Afrique australe, aggravée par la pandémie du Sida.
This Ops Update is intended for reporting on emergency appeals.
Launched on 2 May 2002 for CHF 6,803,000 for 12 months revised 22 July to CHF 89,285,274 (USD 61.6 m/EUR 60.9m) in cash, kind and services to assist a minimum of 1.3 million beneficiaries for 12 months.
Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 50,000
Period covered: 12 December 2002 - 27 January 2003
Appeal coverage: 57.6%
Related Appeals: 2003 Southern Africa region Annual Country Appeals
HARARE, Jan 24 (AFP) - A UN special envoy for humanitarian needs in southern Africa on Friday held talks with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe over a famine threatening some eight million people here.
James Morris, who is on the second leg of a five-nation tour, said Mugabe had expressed gratitude at the response of the UN in combatting a famine that has left nearly two-thirds of the population at risk of starvation.