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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.

04 Oct 2011 description
report Voice of America

A major study has found that a hormonal contraceptive widely used in Africa appears to double a woman's chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The study also suggests that when HIV-positive women used the injectable contraceptive, their male partners were twice as likely to become infected compared to male partners of women who had used no contraception.

The report was published this week in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Most of the women tested in the study used the contraceptive Depo-Provera.

20 Jun 2011 description
report PlusNews

JOHANNESBURG, 20 June 2011 (PLUSNEWS) - Commercial sex work, dominated by a focus on women, could be redefined as new research launched today in Nairobi, Kenya, sheds light on the complicated HIV prevention needs of what may be Africa's most deeply underground group at high risk of HIV - male sex workers.

01 Dec 2010 description
report PlusNews

Johannesburg, 1 December 2010 (PlusNews) - With just a month to go before the deadline for achieving the targets of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care expires, it is clear very few countries will reach them.

What is less certain is whether such ambitious goals have positively affected global HIV/AIDS efforts.

The dream of universal access emerged in 2005 when G8 leaders committed to achieving "as close as possible to universal access to treatment for all those who need it by 2010". At the 2006 UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS, world …

12 Jul 2010 description

The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, today signed three grant agreements with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC), to help finance various projects and programs.

The first grant in the amount of US$3,000,000 will finance an OFID/UNICEF Joint Project on Scaling Up Assistance to Children affected by HIV/AIDS in nine countries in Africa.

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 …

14 May 2010 description
report World Bank

Harvard Kennedy School, May 14, 2010: "How has a decade of change shaped development thinking?"

What's the Big Idea?
To reposition Africa as the Fifth BRIC-

02 Mar 2010 description
report PlusNews

NAIROBI, 2 March 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - Medical male circumcision is now widely recognized as an important HIV prevention tool, and several African countries have included it in their national HIV strategies.

IRIN/PlusNews lists the progress of 13 nations in eastern and southern Africa identified as priority countries for male circumcision scale-up by the UN World Health Organization.

Kenya: An estimated 85 percent of men are circumcised, but just 40 percent of those in Nyanza province, which has the country's highest prevalence, have had the procedure.

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 …

13 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 13 mai 2009 (IRIN) - Les pays riches et les grandes entreprises louent et achètent de vastes terrains dans les pays en voie de développement, pour y produire des vivres ou du biocarburant.

La zone en jeu est équivalente à la surface cultivée de l'Allemagne, et des dizaines de milliards de dollars ont été proposés.

Ce phénomène a un aspect positif : la production agroindustrielle pourrait permettre de développer des terres sous-exploitées et d'augmenter la base de production vivrière mondiale, tout en fournissant aux pays pauvres les ressources dont ils ont tant …

11 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 11 May 2009 (IRIN) - Rich countries and firms are leasing or buying massive tracts of land in developing nations for the production of food or biofuel.

An area equivalent to Germany's farmed land is at stake, and tens of billions of dollars on offer.

On the plus side, agro-industrial production could develop underused land, and broaden the world's food production base while providing much needed resources for poor countries.

But is the land really idle and currently unused?

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.

01 Dec 2008 description

NEW YORK, 1 December 2008 - Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today by four United Nations agencies.

The report, titled Children and AIDS: Third stocktaking report, was jointly prepared by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and released on World Aids Day.

"Without …

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.

11 Nov 2002 description

Global Environment Facility Funds New UNEP Poverty-Busting Project Promising New Hope to People and Wildlife