by Hélene Komerwa
« Tous ensemble » pour sauver les adolescents contre le VIH et la tuberculose
Le ministre de la Santé publique de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), Félix Kabange Numbi a lancé officiellement samedi à Kinshasa au siège du PNMLS (Programme National Multisectoriel de Lutte contre le Sida) l’initiative « All In ou Tous ensemble » pour la riposte au VIH et à la tuberculose en vue de sauver les adolescents et les jeunes de 10 à 19 ans.
Whilst Zimbabwe has made significant food security and nutrition gains, the year-on-year situation remains highly dependent upon increasingly erratic rainfall patterns that have deteriorated as a result of the El Nino event in the region. Chronic undernutrition remains relatively high and, despite some improvement, 28 percent of children under five years of age are stunted. Dietary diversity is poor and consumption of protein is insufficient. The prevalence of HIV and AIDS has declined but remains high at 13.7 percent – the fifth highest globally.
Depuis décembre 2012, les populations centrafricaines sont victimes des conflits politico-militaires et intercommunautaires avec des conséquences sécuritaires, humanitaires et socio-économiques importantes. Depuis lors, des milliers de personnes ont perdu leur vie ou ont été blessées ou violées, et au 31 décembre 2015, près d’un million de personnes étaient encore déplacées dont 456 714 dans les pays voisins et 451 986 dans les sites spontanés ou dans les familles d’accueil à l’intérieur du pays.
Botswana is the latest country to declare a State of Emergency due to the ongoing drought, joining Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additionally, eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, typically accounting for 90 percent of the country’s maize production, have been declared drought disaster areas.
WFP is significantly scaling-up food & nutrition programming to reach 11.9 million people, undertake technical analysis and provide supply-chain capacity support to national and regional action.
Lesotho is currently experiencing an unprecedented El Niño induced drought, with an almost 62 per cent decline in crop production during the last agricultural season
According to the Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC) around half of the rural population are at risk of livelihood and food insecurity between May 2016 and April 2017.
- 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.