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01 Dec 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Laurie Goering

QUDENI, South Africa, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Eunice Khanyile opened a soup kitchen in a rural village in South Africa last year to help HIV-positive residents get the nutrition needed to stay healthy, not one person came.

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30 Nov 2015 description

HIV: Antiretroviral drugs fail to consistently reach patients in countries most affected by HIV/AIDS

Stock outs need to be urgently tackled to allow acceleration of the fight against HIV/AIDS

Johannesburg/Harare – MSF today warned that life-saving antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) are routinely not making their way to patients in sub-Saharan Africa - most often despite sufficient stocks already being present in countries - and called for urgent improvements in ARV supply chains in the region.

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 UN Children's Fund
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JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF.

AIDS is the number one cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally. Among HIV-affected populations, adolescents are the only group for which the mortality figures are not decreasing.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the region with the highest prevalence, girls are vastly more affected, accounting for 7 in 10 new infections among 15-19 year olds.

26 Nov 2015 description

Flooding risks continue to be elevated in Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to above-normal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed in mid-November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

26 Nov 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 - UNICEF

NEW YORK/LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 November 2015 – If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.

25 Nov 2015 description

Despite some increase in precipitation, several regions experience strengthening dryness in southern Africa.

Heavy rains sustain the risk of flooding throughout parts of Kenya and northern Tanzania.

1) Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to above normal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed during the middle of November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

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
report Voice of America

Art Chimes
November 24, 2015 6:39 PM

ST. LOUIS— A new, long-term study in South Africa that looked at the results of an effective treatment for HIV-AIDS found that it increased life expectancy but was a bigger benefit to women than to men.

24 Nov 2015 description
report AngliCORD

Over the past year we have grown our income in a crowded and competitive market. We have had to absorb some cuts to our funding from DFAT as part of the Government’s austerity measures. We want to thank those supporters, including our President, who advocated strenuously on our behalf to reduce the severity of those cuts. It has also been a busy year as we have steadily prepared for our five yearly re-accreditation with DFAT, and welcomed an expanded membership.

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

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 Reuters - AlertNet

By Joe Brock

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 21 (Reuters) - South Africa may grant emergency aid to farmers in Gauteng province due to a severe drought that is scorching grazing pastures and threatening the key maize crop, a provincial official said on Saturday.

Authorities have earmarked some 450 million rand ($32 million) for drought-affected regions, but officials fear it may not be enough to stem the damage in the hardest-hit areas such as Gauteng and the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal.

20 Nov 2015 description

The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) supports Objective 1 of the Action Plan for Children in Adversity through comprehensive programming working to promote sound development of children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Early childhood development (ECD) is a critical component for breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality, particularly among this most vulnerable young population.

20 Nov 2015 description

Increased rainfall to bring some relief to anomalously dry areas of South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Several consecutive weeks of above-average rainfall has increased the risk for flooding and river inundation in the White Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatorial provinces of South Sudan.

20 Nov 2015 description


Abnormal rainfall patterns during 2014/2015 have contributed to a spike in food insecurity, which is currently affecting at least 27.4 m people regionally (and this excludes Angola, which has yet to publish official figures; and Madagascar, which did not present to SADC, but where 1.9 m people are food insecure, of which 460,000 people are severely so). In Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2.8 m and 1.5 m people are food insecure respectively.

19 Nov 2015 description

Pretoria - Government has added R96.6 million to the initial R352.6 million set aside to support South Africa’s drought relief efforts, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe.

At a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday, the Minister said this includes the purchase of 45 water tankers for the distribution of water to affected areas, borehole drilling and rehabilitation, water conservation and demand management, and water source augmentations.

18 Nov 2015 description

- Heavy precipitation triggers numerous floods across several provinces of Kenya.
- Suppressed seasonal rainfall continues to strengthen dryness throughout many regions in southern Africa.

1) Above-average seasonal rainfall has led to abovenormal river levels along the Shabelle and Jubba River basins. Although a reduction of precipitation has been observed during the middle of November, additional rains are expected to sustain the risk for flooding in the region.

18 Nov 2015 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.

17 Nov 2015 description
report Guardian

The drought that may prevent many South African farmers planting this year could lead to food shortages and social unrest, and stall land redistribution

Hannes Geldenhuys, a burly farmer in South Africa’s Gauteng province, surveys his fields. At this time of year, they should be a green, thigh-high carpet of maize and soybean. Instead, all he sees is the decaying residue of his last crop: hectare upon hectare of brittle, yellowing stalks.