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31 Dec 2002 description
report UN Children's Fund

700,000 children vaccinated against measles in Malawi

  • Humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe deteriorates
  • UNICEF still needs US$ 18 million to address the crisis

Click here to see southern African Drought Affected Areas


Census and the Demographic and Health Survey (DNS) augment database in Zambia

30 Dec 2002 description

JOHANNESBURG - In response to warnings that a worsening humanitarian crisis is on the horizon in southern Africa next year, the international donor community has contributed vital funds to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) that will help save millions of lives across the region in the coming months.

27 Dec 2002 description

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23 Dec 2002 description

The Department for International Development Clare Short today announced a further £30 million contribution to meet emergency assistance in Africa. £15m of the contribution will go to meeting emergency needs in Ethiopia and the other £15 million will be put to humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes across southern Africa.

Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development said:

"I am very worried about food shortages in Africa.

23 Dec 2002 description

This report by Suresh Babu and Ashwin Bhouraskar

23 Dec 2002 description

This report by Hisham Khogali

23 Dec 2002 description

This report by Donald Mavunduse

20 Dec 2002 description

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20 Dec 2002 description

SADC Food Security Network Ministerial Brief

...helping decision-makers maintain food security...

Growing concern over food security prospects


20 Dec 2002 description
report UN News Service

The crop season in much of southern Africa looks bleak, the United Nations said today, warning that more food aid is needed to avert a major humanitarian crisis in the region.

20 Dec 2002 description

Montréal, le 20 décembre 2002 - DÉVELOPPEMENT ET PAIX vient d'acheminer une nouvelle somme de 30 000 $ aux victimes de la famine en Afrique australe.

20 Dec 2002 description


20 Dec 2002 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 Dec 2002

20 Dec 2002 description

Influx of refugees into Malawi

In Malawi, UNHCR reported an influx of asylum seekers coming from the refugee camps in Tanzania.

UN SG statement

In his address on receving an honorary doctorate from the university of Cape Town, the UN SG poined out, "Today, the lifeline that women in Southern Africa represent is being threatened by two mutually reinforcing emergencies: famine and AIDS."

Fuel blues in Zimbabwe

19 Dec 2002 description

(Reporting period 1 December - 19 December)
Key Updates

The WFP EMOP is now 61.5% funded. There remains a shortfall of US$195 million.

The December pipelines for Zambia and Zimbabwe remain fragile but look a little healthier from January onwards.

18 Dec 2002 description

I am delighted to have the opportunity today to address the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the food crises in the Horn of Africa and in southern Africa.

As we look forward to Christmas the figures concerning famine emanating from Africa are stark. They serve as a damning indictment of our collective failure to address the needs of the most vulnerable at the beginning of a new millennium.

It is estimated that at least 28 million people will be affected by the current food shortages in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.

17 Dec 2002 description

PR 02/129
Rome, 17 December 2002 - Some 40 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are threatened by severe food shortages and a major humanitarian crisis is deepening in southern Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

17 Dec 2002 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 17 December (IRIN) - With 590,000 people said to need food aid due to drought, it has been suggested that sorghum could replace maize as the staple crop in the semi-arid southern and central areas of Mozambique.

17 Dec 2002 description

Regional News
SADC issues Warning Statement

A Normal to Below Normal trend has been observed from the start of the rainfall season. South-eastern sector (Swaziland, Lesotho, most of South Africa, south-eastern Botswana and south-western Zimbabwe) and central Tanzania, southern Malawi has extreme below normal rainfall condition. (See figure 1 below)