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MSF's Newest Survivor of XDR-TB Shares His Last Treatment

"This disease is for heroes. If you can fight this, you can stand anything in this world." Siyabulela Qwaka is the latest patient cured of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project in Khayelitsha, South Africa. His story is an inspiration for patients currently fighting drug-resistant strains of TB. The existing drugs to fight these strains are of limited effectiveness and they produce terrible side effects.

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Malawi + 7 others
IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world's high-risk malaria zones.

IOM will now back a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Malawi + 10 others
Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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India + 1 other
Indian Researchers Selected to Develop Next Generation Toilets

Indian and global researchers gather at “Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India” to discuss how to bring safe sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who lack access

New Delhi, March 22, 2014—Six Indian innovators were selected today to contribute to the development of sanitation solutions as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India. From a pool of 108 applications, these projects were chosen following an extensive, rigorous selection process by an expert committee.

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Zimbabwe + 13 others
SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014

JANUARY– MARCH 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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World + 32 others
Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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World + 23 others
Réduire la pauvreté et investir dans le capital humain : le nouveau rôle des filets sociaux en Afrique - Études de cas dans 22 pays

Report
World Bank

La stratégie de protection sociale de la Banque mondiale pour l’Afrique de 2012 à 2022 met en lumière la nécessité d’établir une base factuelle solide pour étayer la préparation et la mise en œuvre de programmes de protection sociale sur ce continent. Depuis 2009, la Banque mondiale a réalisé des évaluations approfondies des filets sociaux dans 22 pays d’Afrique subsaharienne.

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South Africa + 1 other
South Africa and the African Peace and Security Architecture

Anthoni van Nieuwkerk, 26 March 2014

This report interprets South Africa’s contribution to the evolution and performance of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) of the African Union (AU). It examines the evolution of APSA, provides an overview of the post-apartheid South African government’s Africa policy, and concludes with some insights derived from interviews with South African government officials and analysts.

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Namibia + 15 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 27 – April 2, 2014

A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.

A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

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Residents flee as heavy rains hit South Africa

Hansika Bhagani, IFRC

When heavy rains hit the northwestern parts of South Africa in early March, few expected it to cause the devastation it has now inflicted. One of the worst affected areas is Limpopo province, where the rains fell for more than two weeks causing extensive flooding and landslides. Over 7,000 people in the Waterberg district of the province have had their homes flooded, belongings washed away and farms destroyed.

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World + 1 other
Tuberculosis: llegar a los 3 millones

Report
The Global Fund

24 de marzo de 2014

JOHANNESBURGO (Sudáfrica) – El Fondo Mundial está intensificando sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los países que tienen programas contra la tuberculosis a alcanzar el objetivo de atender a tres millones de personas que no son diagnosticadas, tratadas o documentadas en la lucha contra la enfermedad cada año.

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World + 1 other
Tuberculose : Atteindre les trois millions

Report
The Global Fund

24 mars 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Afrique du Sud – Le Fonds mondial accélère les efforts déployés à l’appui des pays qui mettent en œuvre des programmes de lutte contre la tuberculose dans le but d’atteindre les trois millions de personnes qui, chaque année, ne sont ni diagnostiquées, ni traitées, ni même prises en considération dans le combat mené contre la maladie.

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World + 1 other
TB: Reach the 3 Million

Report
The Global Fund

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The Global Fund is accelerating efforts to support countries implementing tuberculosis programs with the aim of reaching three million people that are not diagnosed, treated or documented in the fight against the disease every year.

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South Africa: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Operation n° MDRZA006

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

From 01 March to 18 March 2014 the north-eastern parts of the country experienced heavy and extended rainfall which led to extensive flooding and landslides. As a result, over 7,000 people have been affected, with 3,525 displaced. The government of South Africa confirms 32 deaths have been reported with others still missing due to flash flooding. The most affected provinces include Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng.

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Mozambique + 3 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (18 to 24 March 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

Mozambique:
Seven river basins are on alert. In central Sofala the Pungue River burst its banks, cutting road access between Beira and the Zimbabwe border. In Zambezia, some people living near the Licungo river coastal area have voluntarily left to seek shelter in temporary camps set up during the 2013 flood emergency.

Since the beginning of the season at total of 15,115 families have been affected,1,665 houses totally destroyed and 5,951 houses partially destroyed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 15 others
Regional food security and water in SADC: The potential for sectoral-synergies within CAADP for the implementation of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy

Executive Summary

About this study

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was established by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in 2003. The Programme’s main aim is to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year while increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of the annual national budgets. Following an initial focus on interventions at the national level, there is growing awareness of the need to work more on the regional dimensions of the CAADP.

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Namibia + 5 others
SADC Regional DRR Update - Volume 4, 20 March 2014

Highlights

  • Heavy rains experienced in February and early March 2014

  • Floods cause devastation in several parts of the region

  • Cholera outbreak spread to more areas in Namibia

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World + 23 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014

Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.