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20 Mar 2013 description

1) Since the beginning of the year, several consecutive weeks of below-average rainfall has worsened ground conditions and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout northern Namibia and southern Angola. Many local areas have experienced less than half of their normal rainfall accumulation since January. With little to no rain forecast during the upcoming outlook period, relief is unlikely as the seasonal rains weaken during March.

18 Jun 2010 description

NAIROBI/ HARARE, 18 June 2010 - A steep increase in cases of measles in Eastern and Southern Africa has put recent gains in reducing mortality due to this highly contagious disease at risk of being reversed.

As of mid-June 2010, the outbreak has affected more than 47,907 children in 14 countries, resulting in 731 deaths. The most recent confirmed measles outbreaks were reported from Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.

The measles control strategies being implemented in the region include: a first dose measles immunization through routine infant immunization programmes; a second …

15 Oct 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 15 October 2009 (IRIN) - Countries where women's literacy rates and access to education are significantly worse than men's tend to have higher levels of hunger, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

"Wherever women are not empowered you see high levels of hunger," Suresh Babu, a senior research fellow with IFPRI, told IRIN.

The institute's 2009 Global Hunger Index (GHI) calls for policy action on gender empowerment, social protection and …

16 Jun 2009 description

Reaching Millennium Development Goal 4: What progress has Africa made and what more needs to be done?

Introduction

This briefing document reviews examples of the progress that Africa has made in reaching the Accelerated Action Towards Africa Fit for Children 2008 - 2012 as adopted by the African Union and Member States in the agreed actions related to Enhancing Life Chances and Child Survival and looks at what more needs to be done.

16 Jun 2009 description
report Save the Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2009) - To mark the Day of the African Child, African leaders and international health activists in Washington, D.C. are joining advocates for children throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Africa in a global show of support for increased resources to lower child and newborn mortality rates in Africa.

An estimated 4.5 million children under 5 die each year in Africa, including more than 1 million who do not survive the first 28 days of life, according to a new briefing paper on child survival released by Save the Children today.

14 May 2009 description

Surge in Hunger May Be Avoided through Smart Green Technology, Rainwater Harvesting and Micro-Finance, But Situation is Urgent, Warns UNEP

New York/Nairobi, 14 May 2009 - Delivering food security to an additional 1 billion people in Africa will become ever more challenging over the next four decades unless more intelligent management of natural resources and emerging opportunities are brought to bear.

Invasive pests, land degradation, erosion, drought and climate change have already caused agricultural yields to fall in some cases by up to 50 per cent, according to a new report by …

05 Dec 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

13 Apr 2004 description

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced today the recipients of the first round of grants from USAID under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. These grants make up a portion of the $350 million dollars in Emergency Plan funding that was announced by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Randall L. Tobias on February 23, 2004.

08 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 8 December (IRIN) - African leaders are to assemble in the Nigerian capital Abuja in April next year as the next step in a process of building continent-wide political commitment to action against HIV/AIDS.