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20 Mar 2018 description

185 schools
50,680+ children fed

Quick Facts

  • Swaziland: 28% of youths have not completed primary school
  • Madagascar: 19% of primary school-age youths are out of school
  • Zimbabwe: e pupil to teacher ratio at primary schools is 39:1
  • Malawi: Drop out rate for primary school is 10 for boys, 11 for girls
  • Mozambique: Repetition rate at grade 5 is 15%
01 Sep 2014 description

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

02 Apr 2010 description
map EARS
 Overall a good production year for the Southern Africa region.

The current growing season is expected to give an above average sorghum and millet yield in most countries of the Southern Africa region.
Swaziland and Mozambique perform best with yields expected to be +15% and +6% relative to the previous 5-year average. Also Zimbabwe (+4%), South Africa (+3%) and Malawi (+3%) have good yield prospects.
21 Apr 2009 description
map EARS
21 April 2009 - Above average maize yields are seen in and Lesotho (+2%). In Swaziland (-2%), Botswana (-1%) and South Africa (1%) normal national average yields are expected. Below average national yields of about -7% to -9% are seen in Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 In Malawi, the Northern as well as the Southern Region have been dry since the start of the growing season and reduced yields of about -11% are forecasted.

17 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 25,489,509 (USD 22,799,203 or EUR 15,448,187) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009.

Current context

The Southern Africa region faces enormous humanitarian challenges, which have eroded livelihood the coping mechanisms for most people in the region. The human and social cost of these disasters in terms of life and property loss as well as the disruption of communities and livelihood has placed a considerable strain on the social fabric of the affected areas and the ability to recover and further develop.

24 Jul 2007 description

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, this afternoon urged a timely donor response to a flash appeal launched today for drought relief in Swaziland.

"There are great worries of severe malnutrition if we don't act now," Mr. Holmes said of the crisis in the Southern African country, hardest hit by a drought that has also severely affected Lesotho, Zimbabwe and parts of Mozambique.

24 Jul 2007 description
report UN News Service

Lors d'un point sur les crises humanitaires en Afrique australe et au Moyen-Orient, le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, John Holmes, a plaidé pour une réponse rapide de la part des donateurs à l'Appel éclair lancé aujourd'hui en faveur du Swaziland.

« Une situation très préoccupante en matière de malnutrition est à craindre si nous n'agissons pas sous peu », a-t-il déclaré à propos de la crise qui sévit dans ce pays frappé par une terrible sècheresse qui touche également le Lesotho, le Zimbabwe et certaines …

24 Oct 2006 description

Geneva - $5,056,468 over 5 years to support malaria endemic countries in Southern Africa to successfully deploy Global Fund resources and scale up malaria control interventions.

09 Jun 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 9 June (IRIN) - With two-thirds of Swazis living in chronic poverty, and unemployment beyond 40 percent, the Swazialnd may seem an unlikely destination for economic refugees, but 17-year-old Samito is emphatic that his future was bleaker in Mozambique.

Samito is one of several hundred unlicensed vendors in Swaziland's central commercial town of Manzini.

He considers himself lucky to be able to slip the inexpensive watches he sells into his pocket - and avoid arrest by the increasingly …

25 May 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 25 May 2005 (IRIN) - A new study on climate change has warned of escalating drought in southern Africa, directly linked to the warming of the Indian Ocean.

According to the US-based National Centre for Atmospheric Research, since 1950 the Indian Ocean has warmed more than one degree Celsius; "well beyond the range expected from natural processes", but consistent with projected increases in greenhouse gas emissions.

Previous computer simulation models had omitted Indian Ocean warming …

03 May 2005 description

By Peter Apps

SEKAMENG, Lesotho, May 3 (Reuters) - Late drought has devastated crops in much of southern Africa and may threaten the worst food shortages in more than a decade, but in parts of the region residents say the real problems are AIDS and job losses.

01 Apr 2005 description

The latest statistics released by Swaziland show a national HIV prevalence rate of 42.6% - an increase of 4% as compared to two years ago. On the positive side, prevalence among teenagers declined, which usually indicates a decrease in new infections and possibly behavioural change.

29 Oct 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

MBABANE, 29 October (IRIN) - The reopening this week of the Mhlume border post, linking Swaziland with Mozambique, is expected to improve the lives of residents in the drought and poverty-stricken eastern Lubombo area.

"This entire region has suffered because of our isolation, which was caused when the border post closed 20 years ago," Amos Nhlabatsi, a longtime resident of the regional capital, Siteki, told IRIN.

Mhlume was once Swaziland's principal outlet to Maputo, the capital of …

04 Nov 2003 description

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed recent contributions to its appeal for southern Africa, but expressed concern that its operations were still only 38 percent funded. Unless WFP receives immediate donations, 6.5 million people will face severe hunger at the most critical time of year.

09 Jun 2003 description

This report was prepared by Nathan Associates for the USAID/Regional Center for Southern Africa. The opinions and recommendations in this report are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect those of the RCSA.

Executive Summary

The Regional Center for Southern Africa (RCSA) is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for FY 2004 - FY 2010 and the purpose of this document is to provide inputs towards the development of the Water Resources Management Component of the Strategic Plan.

15 Nov 2000 description
report IRIN

SWAZILAND: Swazi striker shot

11 Feb 2000 description
report IRIN

SOUTHERN AFRICA: More rains forecast