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02 Mar 2018 description

Assisting communities in need of humanitarian assistance in Southern Africa

Southern Africa facts and figures for 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in southern Africa carries out humanitarian activities in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

13 May 2017 description

South Africa: Improving management of unidentified bodies in 2016

The Pretoria Regional Delegation continues to work with various stakeholders with the objective of assisting people in humanitarian need as well as capacitating national authorities to enable them to adequately respond to humanitarian needs.

30 May 2015 description

Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.

The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.

31 Jul 2014 description
  1. Who are we?

The Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) located in Botswana is part of the Africa Zone and the wider IFRC Secretariat. The regional office covers 10 countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

01 May 2014 description

This report covers the period 1 January – 31 December 2013


During the first half of 2013, the focus has been on enhancing both the leadership and operational aspects of National Societies in the region. In 2013, southern Africa still presented with its unique humanitarian challenges. Hundreds of thousands of its most vulnerable communities continued to have their lives and livelihoods destroyed by annual floods and droughts.

08 Nov 2013 description

(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.

24 Jul 2012 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation.

The situation

22 Feb 2012 description

Life remains a daily struggle for most communities across the region who live in abject poverty. An increase in the frequency, complexity and magnitude of natural disasters, influenced in part by climate change, and coupled with socio-economic shocks, pandemic diseases and endemic inequality, has exacerbated the vulnerability of millions across the region. The region features prominently in terms of prevalence rates for tuberculosis, malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and maternal and child mortality.

20 May 2011 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010.

In brief

Programme outcome: In line with Strategy 2020, strategic aim 2, to enable healthy and safe living, National Societies (NS) in the southern Africa region have continued to implement HIV interventions that aim at alleviating the suffering of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The Global Alliance on HIV (2006-2010), and its seven principles,1 has been rolled out in all ten National Societies in the Southern Africa region.

01 Nov 2010 description

Executive summary

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)'s Africa Zone (Zone) covers 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and is divided into six functional/geographical regions namely the Southern Africa (Johannesburg), Central Africa (Yaoundé), Sahel (Dakar), Indian Ocean Islands (Mauritius), West Coast (Abuja) and East Africa (Nairobi). Southern Africa Regional Representation Office (SARRO) covers ten countries in Southern Africa1.

27 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: In support of Global Agenda Goal 2, and Millennium Development Goal 4, liaise with global immunization partners to ensure the continued involvement of the International Federation and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in measles and polio supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) to increase uptake of services during both mass vaccination campaigns and routine immunization services and reduce global measles and polio-related morbidity and mortality.

Programme summary:

- During the …

06 Jul 2009 description

By Rudolpho Kikolo and Matthew Cochrane in Luanda

The line of children and their parents began to grow as soon as the Red Cross arrived. Many of the children looked slightly anxious: there was something a bit different about this morning, they could tell.

05 May 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

In Brief

The appeal MAA63001 covers the regional programmes and capacity building for seven Southern Africa Red Cross Societies, namely; Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland.

30 Apr 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 31/12/08

In brief

Programme purpose:

In 2006, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Southern Africa Zone Office (SAZO) launched an innovative and dynamic five-year (2006-2010) regional HIV and AIDS programme. The ten National Societies (1) in the zone embarked on programme consolidation and building capacities to improve the overall implementation and management of the programme, and should resources be made available to eventually scale-up.

08 Apr 2009 description


Period covered by this Final Report: January-July, 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 8,773,852 (USD 8,436,396 or EUR 5,432,725);

Final Appeal coverage: 66%;

Appeal history:

- The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 18 January, 2008 for CHF 8,064,000 (USD 7.3m or EUR 5m) for six months to assist a total of 150,000 beneficiaries in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

- The Appeal was revised and launched on 13 February, 2008 for CHF 11,409,294 (USD 10,332,633 or EUR …

12 Nov 2008 description

Executive summary

The frequencies, complexity and magnitude of disasters in Southern Africa zone - such as drought, floods, hailstorms, cyclones and epidemics, HIV and AIDS in particular - as well as the socio-economic shocks, serve as triggers speeding up the plunge of extremely vulnerable households and communities over the edge of survival. Extreme weather conditions and climate change in some parts of the region severely influence the level of agricultural production.