January 2018 marked the commencement of the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP).
During January, WFP delivered food commodities for the first quarter of the year to 913 primary schools.
Verification of children for the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka took place in January.
Resilience building activities in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing continued; 1,613 people participated and will receive a cash incentive at the beginning of February.
Regional maize supplies remain high and sufficient to satisfy needs for the remainder of the 2017/18 marketing year (Figure 1 and Annex 1). Estimated maize surpluses are significantly above average in South Africa (Figure 2). In Zimbabwe, a chronically grain deficit country, the 2017/18 marketing year deficit is substantially lower than average.
Chaque année, 2,6 millions de bébés meurent avant l’âge d’un mois. Un million d’entre eux rendent leur dernier souffle le jour même de leur naissance. Pourtant, des millions de jeunes vies pourraient être épargnées chaque année si les mères et les bébés avaient accès à des soins de santé abordables et de qualité, à une nutrition correcte et à de l’eau potable.
Todos los años, 2,6 millones de bebés mueren antes de cumplir un mes de edad. En el caso de 1 millón de estos niños, su primera y su última respiración se producen el mismo día en que nacen. Sin embargo, millones de estas vidas podrían salvarse cada año si todas las madres y todos los bebés tuvieran acceso a servicios de salud asequibles y de calidad, una buena nutrición y agua potable.
World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF
Babies from the best places to be born up to 50 times less likely to die in the first month of life
NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds.
Ana Maria Buller; Amber Peterman; Meghna Ranganathan; Alexandra Bleile; Melissa Hidrobo; Lori Heise
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR AUGUST 2018
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In 2016, an estimated 1.5 million adolescent girls and young women were living with HIV infection in Eastern and Southern Africa, where HIV prevalence among adolescent girls and young women is more than twice that of their male peers.
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4.49 million People displaced within DRC
630,500 Congolese refugees hosted in the region
78% Of Congolese refugees are women and children
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The African Union Commission (AUC) and SADC Secretariat conducted a Joint Technical Assessment Mission of SADC Preventive Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho (SAPMIL) from 05 to 09 February 2018. Team was led by Mr. Simon Baza from the Secretariat of the AU Peace and Security Council. This mission was conducted pursuant to the decision of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) that was adopted at its 748th Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 January 2018.
Windhoek-Southern Africa is still battling to recover from the 2015/16/ El Niño-induced drought, which by last year had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
• Overall humanitarian needs decrease as Southern Africa recovers from 2015/2016 El Niño-related drought conditions
• Tropical Cyclone Ava results in more than 50 deaths in Madagascar
• Recent analyses project mixed food security outcomes across Southern Africa through mid-2018
USAID/PEPFAR food support for 36,500 people receiving antiretroviral therapy or treatment for tuberculosis and orphans and vulnerable children in Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek continued in September.
Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme supported by Japan assisted 11,166 children aged 06-23 months in Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka, and Mohale’s Hoek with super cereal plus.
WFP participated in the United Nations Country Team retreat aimed to discuss how to prioritize SDGs in Lesotho context.
Un an après son lancement, She Decides affiche 450 millions d’euros de moyens supplémentaires récoltés pour les droits et la santé sexuels et reproductifs des filles et des femmes. Le vice-Premier ministre et ministre de la Coopération au Développement Alexander De Croo s’en réjouit tout en prévenant que “_le combat n’est pas encore terminé. Trop de filles et de femmes n’ont pas encore la liberté de décider elles-mêmes avec qui, quand et combien d’enfants elles souhaitent avoir”._
Below normal cumulative rainfall is expected to impact 2017/18 crop yields
Since the start of the 2017/18 season rainfall performance has been performing poorly. To date, cumulative rainfall across most of the country is estimated to be 10-50 percent below normal. These moisture deficits are likely to have negative impacts on crop development and crop yields for the 2018 harvest.
Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells persistency in northern and southern parts of the SADC Region during the period of 24 - 29 January 2018
Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, northern DRC, southern Mozambique, eastern Swaziland, southwestern Zimbabwe and southern fringes of Zambia.
Dry conditions intensified in the southern half of the region, threatening production prospects in several areas. Abnormally high temperatures accompanied these dry conditions. Short term rainfall forecasts suggest little respite in the near-term.
Good rains were received in the northern half of the region, promoting good crop conditions.
A cyclone made landfall in Madagascar, causing fatalities, displacement of populations, damage to infrastructure and flooding of thousands of hectares planted to rice.
Headline: Heatwave and Heat Spells over southern parts of the SADC Region
Very high to extremely high temperatures have been experienced by most countries in the southern part of the SADC region, namely; Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, southern Mozambique, Swaziland and some parts of Lesotho.