- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
In 2009, an estimated 400 000 children were newly infected with HIV, with 90% of infections occurring in children in sub-Saharan Africa through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Without any intervention, the risk of MTCT ranges from 20% to 45%; without any treatment, half of the babies will die before their second birthday. About 42 000 to 60 000 of pregnant women die from HIV. In contrast, in high-income countries, the number of new infections among children as well as the number of maternal and child deaths due to HIV are virtually zero.
The synthesis report by FAO’s Monitoring African Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP) team, is the first ever attempt to systematically analyse agriculture and food security policies in several African countries, using common methodology over years. The report found that in the period between 2005 and 2010, the policy environment and performance of domestic markets depressed producer prices in the ten African countries analysed, though the trend is improving.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah
Podcast: Ghana From The Tree Tops
New Generation Now 'Living with Confidence' in Cambodia's Endangered Forests
Sustaining the "Amazon of the Seas"
Jane Goodall's Win-Win
Save the Saiga Antelope
Eyes in the Sky Monitor Congo Basin Forests
Your Voice: Philippine Conservation Performance Earns a Second “Debt-for-Nature” Deal
Double Trouble: Tackling Urban Infrastructure and Climate Change in Mozambique
In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and October 2013, as well as the ongoing outbreaks as reported by Member States is provided.
Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region
In West Africa, cereals trade between the region’s surplus and deficit zones increased in September. Staple food prices remained stable throughout most of the central basin in September as producers and traders sold remaining stocks from above-average 2012 harvests. Cereal prices were stable or increased in many structurally-deficit areas as the lean season can to an end. Rice imports from international markets contributed to adequate food availability the Western Basin (Pages 3-5).
An increase in rain across South Africa reduces early season rainfall deficits.
Localized heavy rain showers were observed across central Somalia.
After a week of heavy rain, rains across bi-modal West Africa were light and below-average.
Anomalous heavy early-season rainfall was observed across much of Mozambique.
Le gouvernement danois a annoncé sa volonté d’apporter une contribution de 10 millions de couronnes danoises (près de 1,8 millions de dollars US) au Fonds pour l'accélération du développement agricole en Afrique (FADA) afin d'activer les investissements en infrastructures agricoles sur le continent.
«Les Etats-Unis vont se joindre à nos alliés pour éradiquer l‘extrême pauvreté au cours des deux prochaines décennies…en sauvant les enfants du monde des morts évitables...» –-Président Barack Obama, Discours sur l’état de l’Union, 12 Février 2013
13 juillet 2013, Abuja/Genèva : - La Cellule de crise paludisme est une initiative commune qui permettra d’obtenir des informations essentielles sur la maladie en soutien à dix pays africains. Elle a été lancée aujourd'hui lors d'un Sommet spécial de l'Union Africaine (UA) sur le VIH/sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme, à Abuja (Nigéria).
UNAIDS urges countries to rapidly scale up access to antiretroviral medicines to maximize HIV treatment and prevention gains
ABUJA, Nigeria /GENEVA, 13 July 2013—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has launched a new framework to accelerate action in reaching 15 million people with antiretroviral treatment by 2015––the goal set by United Nations Member States in 2011.
ABUJA /GENEVA The Malaria Situation Room, a joint initiative that will provide critical malaria intelligence in support of ten African countries, was launched today at a special African Union (AU) Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Abuja, Nigeria.
Dakar, Senegal– Today, USAID and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) announced the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership, a $47 million, three-year partnership intended to accelerate smallholder farmer access to transformative agricultural technologies. The Partnership will work in four countries within the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security -- Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania -- where it will help governments strengthen their seed sectors and promote the commercialization, distribution and adoption of improved seeds and other key technologies.
By 2012–13, DFID had achieved the following results*:
‘Hidden Hunger Index’ Identifies Global Hot Spots of Micronutrient Deficiencies for First Time
New Findings Can Guide Implementation of Recent Lancet Series’ Recommendations to Advance Development through Improved Nutrition
Cholera remains a major public health issue in the WHO African Region. Between 01 January and 03 June 2013, a total of 25 762 cholera cases and 490 deaths were reported from 18 countries resulting in a CFR of 1.9%.