- 17 million people will likely experience Crisis levels of food insecurity from January–March 2017, FEWS NET reports
- ZimVAC estimates more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population faces food insecurity
- USAID contributes an additional $127 million for drought response activities in the region
- Approximately 18.3 million people in acutely drought-affected areas of Southern Africa will require emergency assistance between June 2016 and March 2017, according to the Southern Africa Development …
- UNICEF and partners continue to meet on-going humanitarian needs, respond to small, localised emergencies and to prepare for the impact of the upcoming Typhoon season. UNICEF and partners have reached more adults and children in the first half of 2016 than planned for providing access to safe water, learning materials, safe spaces for learning, Vitamin A supplementation and deworming.
From July onwards, WFP will start ration reduction for relatively better-off IDPs in northern Shan, who have access to additional income sources.
WFP will discontinue relief assistance for 2,800 better-off Kokang returnees.
UNHCR appeals for additional $115 million for voluntary return, reintegration of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp
Plan also includes the relocation of 31,000 refugees to Kakuma and verification of camp population
An eruption of laughter, then silence as the girls looked nervously at each other. Finally, with an awkward smile and glance back at her friends, one young woman stood up and grasped the purple wrapper. With a deep breath, she ripped open the package.
“This is how you use a female condom,” she said, giggling briefly before beginning a clear, confident explanation of how to insert and remove the condom.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $127 million in additional humanitarian and recovery assistance to people affected by severe drought in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. In addition, the United States has also provided development investments to mitigate the drought's impacts and build resilience in Southern Africa.
Monday, 25th July 2016
Lilongwe – The UN in Malawi deplores in the strongest terms, the practice of ritual cleansing ceremonies involving sex with young girls that continue to occur in different communities across Malawi and as recently reported from Nsanje District.
These practices are a violation of the rights of the girl child with immediate and long term psycho-social, physical, biological and health impacts. They directly lead to the high teenage pregnancies, early marriages, school dropouts and increased risk to HIV.
- WFP requires additional resources before the end of July to provide school meals to 18,000 school children attending schools in the rural and suburban areas near of Djibouti-city. The new school year begins in September. Without additional funding at the start of the school year, in September, school attendance will most likely be affected.
22 juillet 2016 – Au dernier jour de la 21ème Conférence internationale sur le sida à Durban, en Afrique du Sud, le Directeur exécutif adjoint du Programme commun des Nations Unies sur le VIH/sida (ONUSIDA), Luiz Loures, a appelé à mettre fin aux discriminations à l'encontre des patients, notamment ceux issus des populations les plus vulnérables.
22 July 2016 – As the 21st International AIDS Conference wrapped up in Durban, South Africa, the Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), Luiz Loures, called for ending discrimination against patients, especially those from the most vulnerable populations.
"The Durban conference was marked by the phenomenal progress made over the last 15 years to [enhance people's lives] and expand access to treatment," said Mr. Loures in an interview with the UN News Service .
Stepping Stones against HIV AIDS
As many as two thousand HIV and AIDS patients in Ezo County of Western Equatoria, have be left without treatment, as a free distribution programme of ARV is disrupted by insecurity.
Ngbapai Moses, an HIV Counsellor working with the Catholic Medical Mission Board in Ezo, said on Thursday that its difficult to bring the life-saving antiretroviral (ARV), because the road linking the County was blocked by an armed group last month.
Ngbapai said the drug shortage is already having severe consequences on some patients.
Durban – All HIV positive inmates in South Africa’s correctional centres will from September this year receive life-saving antiretroviral drugs, irrespective of their CD4 count.
The announcement was made by Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Thabang Makwetla at the International Aids Conference, currently taking place in Durban.
“From September 2016, the CD4 count will no longer be used as an eligibility criteria for initiation on antiretroviral treatment. This implies that all HIV positive inmates will have to be put on treatment,” he said.
By Katherine Mueller, IFRC
For the past eight years, Alice Harry has been living with the AIDS virus. She knows what it feels like to be hungry. She especially knows what it feels like to be hungry while taking anti-retroviral therapy, the medication used to fight the HIV infection. “For a normal person, it’s okay to skip a meal, but the medicine is too strong. I was getting sick frequently because I was taking it on an empty stomach,” says Alice. “But I kept up my medication, even though I knew I would be sick. I needed to be there for my children.”
July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.
WFP concluded the first round of take-home food ration distributions: 321,000 primary school children in 1,394 schools in food insecure chiefdoms across the country were assisted to increase enrolment and attendance rates post-Ebola.
The President of Sierra Leone launched the second phase of his Ebola recovery priorities; Education,
Health, Social Protection and the Private Sector.
Training of ART counselors on monitoring and reporting on Food by Prescription for people living with HIV has ended.
WFP is continuing to assist 78,000 people with food distributions under its immediate response to the El Niño-induced drought. An Emergency Operation will follow up provide emergency food and cash-based assistance to 150,000 drought affected people.