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Lesotho + 4 others
Famine and HIV/AIDS: Julia Taft accompanies mission to southern Africa

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. Food shortages in these regions affect millions per day and the HIV/AIDS pandemic is endangering the lives and livelihoods
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Afghanistan + 21 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 05 of 2003

This report includes:
(A) Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Malawi, (3) Mozambique, (4) Swaziland, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe, (7) Angola, (8) Madagascar

(B) Asia Region: (1) DPR of Korea

(C) Eastern and Central Africa Region: (1) Uganda, (2) Democratic Republic of Congo, (3) Ethiopia, (4) Eritrea, (5) Burundi

(D) West Africa Region: (1) Côte d'Ivoire (2) Sierra Leone (3) Guinea

(E) Latin America and Caribbean Region: (1) Colombia, (2) El Salvador, (3) Nicaragua, (4) Peru

(F) West and Central Asia Region: (1) Afghanistan

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FEWS Zimbabwe Monthly Food Security Update 31 Jan 2003

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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Lesotho + 4 others
SADC Regional Emergency Food Security Assessment Report Dec 2002

The December VAC emergency food security and vulnerability assessments confirm that food aid needs are increasing much as expected, with the most severe months from January through March. Efforts to alleviate this year's food shortages by national governments, the international community and civil society have thus far averted a major crisis. However, large volumes of outstanding planned imports will be a challenge to realize in the coming months. Early indications
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Lesotho + 5 others
Southern Africa: HIV/AIDS a ''horrifying new disaster'' in Southern African

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.
"The impact of HIV/AIDS on this part of the world is enormous and the impact on women and children is devastating," Morris told journalists after a visit to four of the six southern African

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Lesotho + 4 others
World must galvanize to combat HIV/AIDS and stave off a complete and total disaster in 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.
"While responding to the severe food crisis in southern Africa, an even greater disaster has been unearthed. The HIV/AIDS pandemic is compounding the premature death of thousands of
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Lesotho + 5 others
South Africa donates 100,000 tons of maize to WFP's regional emergency operation

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.
The funds will be used by WFP to purchase 100,000 metric tons of maize in South Africa for distribution to millions of vulnerable people across the region. This contribution is critical to ensure a steady flow of food aid supplies to more than 15 million people,
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Lesotho + 6 others
Southern Africa: Battle against starvation depends on collaboration

World Vision
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.
"So far World Vision has had no reports of children in their Area Development Programs, in all the affected countries, dying of hunger related illnesses," Sitnam explains. "Our
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Zimbabwe Humanitarian Situation Report 29 Jan 2003

UN Special Envoys in Zimbabwe
Following up findings from their first missions, Mr James Morris and Mr Stephen Lewis' second Zimbabwe mission (23 to 25 January 2003) re-assessed the humanitarian situation in the region, reviewed response efforts and co-ordination mechanisms implemented to date. The mission placed special emphasis on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the region, including its long-term implications on food security. In addition, the mission focussed on how assistance measures can better serve the needs of women whose lives are most at risk and who provide the lifeline
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UNICEF Zimbabwe Situation Report 10 - 29 Jan 2003

  • UN Special Envoys Visit Zimbabwe

  • Cholera cases continue to increase

  • Malaria cases increase

  • Planning for the National Nutrition Survey almost complete

  • Local journalists visit Supplementary Feeding Centre and Water and Sanitation projects

Cholera: The cholera situation in the country is still uncertain with more districts reporting sporadic cases. The national cumulative figures as of 20thJanuary 2003 are 1,229 cases and 41 deaths (CFR - 3.3 per cent). In Matabeleland South province,

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Angola + 6 others
Catholic Relief Services appoints new regional director for Southern Africa

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.
"Given her wealth of experience within the agency, I believe Annemarie is uniquely qualified to meet the enormous challenges currently facing southern Africa," said Hackett.
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Economic woes and lack of rain set to worsen humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe

IHA/753, AFR/550
NEW YORK, 28 January (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) - Worsening conditions in Zimbabwe have led the World Food Programme (WFP) to step up its food distribution there this month. Improvements in WFP's capacity and pipeline have allowed the agency to deliver as much as 47,000 metric tons of food in January, more than double the previous highest distribution level, but ongoing shortages of fuel, fertilizer and rain, together with setbacks in the health sector, imply that needs will continue to grow.

The United Nations is receiving an increasing

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Detained foreign aid workers freed with no formal charge

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.
The five -- two Germans, a Finn, an American and a Kenyan -- were picked up by police on Friday along with a local journalist working for the independent daily in Zvishavane, a mining town in the drought-hit south of the country.

Police on Monday charged them under the new media law for operating without accreditation, although the group said

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US ambassador launches C-SAFE program in Zimbabwe

World Vision
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.
World Vision Zimbabwe national director, Rudo Kwaramba also gave a speech on behalf of the implementing partners, World Vision, CARE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) who made up the panel together with ambassador Sullivan.

C-SAFE is set to benefit about 664,700

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Angola + 5 others
Tournée régionale du secrétaire d'Etat aux Affaires étrangères en Afrique australe

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.

Un plan d'urgence de 18 millions d'euros de la France en faveur de cette région a été annoncé par le secrétaire d'Etat lors de cette visite, pour faire face aux besoins immédiats, durant

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Lesotho + 5 others
Southern Africa: Food aid and humanitarian assistance Appeal 12/2002 Operations Fact Sheet No. 2

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information:
Launched on 2 May for CHF 6,803,000 for 12 months; revised 22 July to CHF 89,285,274 (USD 61.6 m/EUR 60.9 m) 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

This is the second operations fact sheet

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Lesotho + 5 others
Southern Africa: Food Aid and Humanitarian Assistance Appeal No. 12/02 Operations Update No. 15

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

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UN envoy meets Zimbabwe's Mugabe over famine

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.

"We had a good conversation ... and he is very grateful for the work of the United Nations and all of our

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Lesotho + 5 others
Southern Africa Complex Food Security Crisis Situation Report #8 (FY) 2003


Note: The last situation report was dated January 3, 2002.