- 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
South Africa: Improving management of unidentified bodies in 2016
The Pretoria Regional Delegation continues to work with various stakeholders with the objective of assisting people in humanitarian need as well as capacitating national authorities to enable them to adequately respond to humanitarian needs.
This report draws on some recent operational experiences of the ICRC to describe the theory and practice of the ICRC’s approach to humanitarian assistance in protracted conflict. The ICRC spends about two thirds of its budget on protracted conflicts. The average length of time the ICRC has been present in the countries hosting its ten largest operations is more than 36 years. Protracted conflicts are a major source of human suffering and a cause of protracted displacement, migration and development reversals.
The ICRC's Harare Regional Delegation carries out humanitarian activities in Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and in collaboration with the National Red Cross Societies, focuses on visiting detainees to monitor their living conditions and treatment, improving access to water and sanitation and reconnecting families separated by conflict.
Below is an overview of the ICRC's Harare Regional Delegation work in 2015.
Visiting detainees and maintaining contact between separated families
In Zimbabwe, we
Lusaka, Zambia (ICRC) – Representatives from nine southern and central African countries are gathered in Lusaka for a two-day seminar, on 17 and 18 June; its aim is to promote adherence to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) amongst members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and to enable them to share best practices for passing domestic legislation to implement its provisions.
Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.
The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.
Third Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, Maputo, 23-27 June 2014. Statement by Christine Beerli, vice-president of the ICRC.
Communities living along the Zimbabwean border with Mozambique continue to suffer from the effects of anti-personnel mines more than 30 years after they were laid. Since 2012, the ICRC has been working with the Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre (ZIMAC) to enhance the capacity and skills of its deminers to search for, clear and destroy anti-personnel mines in south-eastern Zimbabwe. As we commemorate the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, the following video provides insight into the lives of those affected and the challenge that remains.
As the ICRC Water and Habitat Unit celebrates its 30th anniversary, we look back at some of the ICRCs most significant water, sanitation and shelter operations over the last three decades.
In 1859, four years before the ICRC was formed, our founder Henry Dunant made water one of his priorities as he struggled to help wounded soldiers after the Battle of Solferino. Thirty years ago, our awareness of the essential role of water, sanitation and habitat for the victims of conflict led us to create the Water and Habitat Unit, known as "WatHab."
The Harare regional delegation covers Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its main activities are detainee welfare, assistance, restoring family links, cooperation with National Societies and the promotion of IHL.
Every year, tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, are killed or injured by landmines and other explosive remnants of war.Those that survive are often disabled for life, adding to the many hundreds of thousands of mine survivors around the world in need of long-term care,rehabilita-tion, and social and economic support. Assistance for mine victims must be an integral part of public health-care systems and must not discriminate against persons who are ill,injured or disabled for reasons other than mines.
Cyclone Japhet continues to batter southern Africa, but in Mozambique, victim of devastating floods in 2000 and 2001, casualties and damage have so far been kept to a minimum, largely as a result of effective disaster preparedness measures and good cooperation between the government and the Mozambique Red Cross (CVM). As soon as a warning was issued on 27 February, the CVM went into emergency mode, convening a task force and placing hundreds of provincial staff and volunteers on alert.