Sephareng, Lesotho | AFP | Saturday 8/13/2016 - 03:03 GMT
by Julie JAMMOT
For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily.
His country is suffering through its worst drought in 35 years, but the vast and vital water reserves remain out of reach, destined instead for export to neighbouring South Africa.
Framing the FAO El Niño Response Plan
Situation and impact
Southern Africa has been struggling with an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015/16 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years. The effects on food security and livelihoods have been exacerbated by sluggish economic performance in some countries and the depreciation of national currencies set against a background of chronic vulnerabilities.
A new discussion paper examines research findings and evidence on parenting of adolescents in eastern and southern African countries. The paper aims to shed new light on how adolescents are raised, what social and structural factors affect parenting and where families turn for support in this important region.
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.
Tuesday 26 July 2016
Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal
As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.
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.
Durban, South Africa | AFP | Thursday 7/21/2016 - 03:18 GMT | 798 words
by Kristen VAN SCHIE
Lebogang Motsumi, 27, still remembers the moment when she learnt she had contracted HIV from a man a decade her senior.
"It was August 15, 2009, at 1:00pm," she said, recalling the instant when her life changed traumatically.
"I was so ignorant," she said. "I thought HIV had a face" -- thin, poor and dying -- "and I wasn't that face."
· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today
· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region
Bright ideas, local solutions
As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.
Phones, drones and beyond
While significant progress has been made in South Africa since the first Durban conference in 2000, deadly and unnecessary HIV treatment gaps persist in other countries
12 JUILLET 2016 | NEW YORK - L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et ses partenaires lancent aujourd’hui 7 stratégies liées les unes aux autres pour réduire la violence à l’encontre des enfants. Toutes ces approches ont été testées et ont donné des résultats concrets. En les réunissant, l’OMS espère une baisse spectaculaire des cas de violence à l’encontre des enfants.
Southern Africa is facing a major food security crisis following successive years of drought, most recently as a result of the El Niño weather event which meant reduced rains for the region’s crucial 2015-16 agricultural season. Many countries experienced poor or failed harvests in April this year, leaving millions of people with little or no food to sustain them till next year’s harvest.
Un rastro de devastación
El Niño, el grave fenómeno meteorológico de 2015 y 2016, ha llegado a su fin, pero sus devastadoras consecuencias, especialmente sobre los niños, están lejos de terminar. En África oriental y meridional, las zonas más afectadas, hay 26,5 millones de niños que necesitan ayuda, incluyendo a más de 1 millón que precisan este año tratamiento contra la desnutrición grave aguda.
Estas cifras alarmantes podrían incluso aumentar aún más como resultado de las sequías y las enfermedades generadas por este poderoso fenómeno meteorológico.
El Niño a pris fin, mais ses conséquences sur les enfants sont destinées à empirer alors que maladies et malnutrition continuent à se répandre
Rien qu’en Afrique de l’Est et en Afrique australe, 26,5 millions d’enfants ont besoin d’aide
El Niño is over but its impact on children is set to worsen as disease, malnutrition continue to spread
In Eastern and Southern Africa alone, 26.5 million children are in need of aid
NAIROBI/NEW YORK, July 8 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today.
Global Overview – Trends and Outlook
HUMANITARIAN AID AND THE SWISS HUMANITARIAN AID UNIT
Emergency aid and reconstruction measures supported by Switzerland directly benefit around three and a half million people a year.
Given their scale and tragic consequences, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has focused its attention on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (p. 8)
TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND FINANCIAL AID FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Disease epidemics result in substantial ill health and loss of lives and therefore pose a threat to global health security, undermine socio-economic lives and destabilize societies.