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UNAIDS welcomes Uganda’s Constitutional Court decision to annul anti-homosexuality law

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UNAIDS

GENEVA, 1 August 2014— UNAIDS welcomes the decision of Uganda’s Constitutional Court to overturn the law that called for a 14-year jail term for a first conviction, and imprisonment for life for ‘aggravated homosexuality’. Challenged by 10 petitioners including civil society, parliamentarians and academics, the law was annulled by the Court over a lack of quorum when the bill was passed.

“This is a great day for social justice,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “The rule of law has prevailed.”

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Niger + 1 other
Flash Update sur les mouvements de populations du Nigéria vers le Niger (02/09/2014)

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • Environ 3 500 personnes ont fui le Nord Nigéria pour se réfugier dans les îles du Lac Tchad au Niger, entre le 21 et le 31 août 2014; et près de 10 000 personnes pour le seul mois d’août

  • D'importants besoins en kits d'hygiène, en moustiquaires, en abris, en vivres et non vivres sont à satisfaire en urgence pour soulager ces personnes en détresse

  • Plus de 47 000 personnes déplacées depuis le début de la crise en mai 2013, attendent d’être assistées en fonction de leur vulnérabilité

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers

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IRIN

HARARE, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices.

On his three-hectare plot he uses cow dung manure on his maize, local herbs to treat his cattle, and believes the benefits of chemical fertilizers are a “white man’s myth”.

IRIN:

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Lesotho + 7 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (25 August 2014 - 01 September 2014)

Regional Overview

The SADC Regional Climate Outlook for the rainfall season 2014/15 predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region this rainfall season (October 2014 to March 2015).

Madagascar

On 28 August a swarm of locusts invaded the capital Antananarivo. No significant crop damage has been reported, but the situation draws attention to the need for continued support for the three-year anti-locust campaign, which faces a funding gap of US$ 10 million.

Lesotho

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South Sudan + 3 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep 25 – 31 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

South Sudan: Peace is in sight as warring leaders sign ceasefire deal.

Ethiopia: IOM has moved a total of 171,794 refugees from both Gambella and Benishangul-Gumuz regions, since December 2013.

Uganda: IOM has supported 2,897 households with WASH sensitization and latrine construction.

Sudan: IOM has tracked and registered 47,008 South Sudanese Refugees since the onset of the crisis.

OVERVIEW

International Organization for Migration:

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Zimbabwe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2014 by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) as part of the global MICS programme. Technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

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Niger + 2 others
2014 Plan de réponse stratégique Niger : Révision - août 2014

RÉSUMÉ

Objectifs stratégiques

1.- Recueillir les données sur les risques et les vulnérabilités, les analyser et intégrer les résultats dans la programmation humanitaire et de développement.

2.- Soutenir les populations vulnérables à mieux faire face aux chocs en répondant aux signaux d’alerte de manière anticipée, en réduisant la durée du relèvement post-crise et en renforçant les capacités des acteurs nationaux.

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Sexuality education: UNFPA helps prepare teachers

COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION: PREPARING TEACHERS TO CLOSE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS GAP FACED BY LEARNERS

Johannesburg, 28 August 2014 – Young people in East and Southern Africa (ESA) face many challenges today. Nearly two thirds lack basic knowledge to access crucial sexuality education and health information to protect themselves from issues related to HIV and early pregnancy. With adolescents and young people making up over one third of the region’s population, it is critical we act now.

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Ghana pledges its support to ending the AIDS epidemic

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UNAIDS

The President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, pledged the support of the government to ending the AIDS epidemic not only in Ghana but in Africa as a whole during a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 22 August.

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HIV Groups in Kenyan Slum Organize Self-Help

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Voice of America

Lenny Ruvaga

NAIROBI—Kenyans living with HIV or AIDS in Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum, are finding support groups essential to coping with the health, economic and social challenges they face.

Peter Oduor is a teacher at Kibera’s Tumaini primary school. Five years ago, he tested positive for HIV. He believes most of the slum's residents are susceptible to the virus because of poverty.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (19 to 25 August 2014)

Regional Overview

The South African Government has placed an immediate ban on the entry of non-South Africans from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), taking place from 27 to 29 August in Windhoek, Namibia, will develop the first regional seasonal forecast for the coming rainfall season.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in northern DRC, which are said to be a different strain to the outbreak in West Africa.

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AIDS control agency targets drug users in new HIV prevention plan

In Summary

  • Nascop will supply a total of 22,500 bottles of Methadone syrup to people who inject heroin as a measure to help them through rehabilitation.
  • Injectable Drug Users have been identified by the National AIDS Control Council as one of the key populations to be targeted in the fight against HIV.

By NATION REPORTER

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Can the HIV pandemic in Kenya be curbed?

By WILLIAM HENNEQUIN

Homa Bay Hospital in the late 1990s was a scene of despondency, its wards crowded with people ravaged by Aids. “There was virtually no space in the medical wards, even beside or under the beds,” remembers Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — Doctor´s Without Borders — then head of mission.

“Each space was occupied by a skinny and obviously terminally ill Aids patient or their caretaker. Overwhelmed and demoralized staffs were encouraging families to take their loved ones home to die.”

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No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

By Amy Fallon

KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.

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Kenya ranked fourth in HIV infections

In Summary

  • The report proposes several measures including Voluntary Male Circumcision, Antiretroviral Therapy, sustained behaviour change and condom distribution in the war against HIV and other STIs.
  • A new report, ‘The National HIV and Aids Estimates’, launched Wednesday by Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says there are at least 100,000 new infections in Kenya annually.

By EUNICE KILONZO

By STELLA CHERONO

Kenya has the fourth highest number of Aids infections in the world.

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Homa Bay top in new HIV cases

In Summary

  • Wajir had the least number of new cases, with just one fresh one in a population of 200.
  • The report indicates that the number of the people on Anti-Retroviral therapy has significantly increased by over 500,000 since 2005

Over 105,500 new HIV infections were reported in the country last year, according to a survey that will be released on Wednesday.

Homa Bay had the highest new infections with 12,940 people, followed by Kisumu with 10,350. Siaya, Migori and Kisii each have 9,870, 6,790 and 4,890.