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20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

19 Sep 2017 description
report IRIN

Women’s leadership can strengthen resilience to climate change

By Everjoice Win, International director of programmes and global engagement at Action Aid International

Last year, the planet suffered the terrible impacts of one of the worst drought and hunger crises seen for decades. At the end of 2015, 30 percent of the global land area was in drought conditions, one of the highest figures since modern record keeping began.

Read more on IRIN.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Namibia UN Country Team celebrated Nelson Mandela Day. As of the activities, WFP Namibia visited Otjomuise Primary School in the informal settlement of Windhoek and handed over food items to children in pre-primary.

13 Sep 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat dipped in August, after increasing in the past few months, following an upturn in production prospects in the Black Sea region which improved the 2017 global supply outlook.
    Maize quotations also fell on improved weather conditions and abundant global supplies. International prices of rice were relatively stable, although price movements were mixed across the different rice market segments.

06 Sep 2017 description
infographic UN Population Fund

This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery.

By highlighting results, areas that need strengthening, and data gaps, this snapshot can be used for determining priorities, programme planning and resource mobilization.

04 Sep 2017 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2017 and normal to above-normal rainfall for the January to March (JFM) 2018. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), northern Tanzania, the islands states, eastern-most Madagascar and the south-eastern contiguous SADC region are likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall throughout the 2017/18 rainy season.

01 Sep 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food supply and price trends in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators.

28 Aug 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 49 events in the region.

This week, three new events have been reported:

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Mauritania and cholera in Burundi and Chad. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in Kenya

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

25 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa. In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people will required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance. Southern Africa continues to experience the follow – on impacts of the El Niño drought and the La Niña floods.

17 Aug 2017 description

The occurrence of transboundary animal diseases - especially those that can be transmitted to human beings from animals - poses grave socio-economic consequences for Southern Africa. They affect food and nutrition security, human health, livelihoods and national economic development.

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP Executive Board approved the Namibia Country Strategic Plan (2017 - 2022). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The CSP’s aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture conducted training for 70 School Feeding focal points from 35 schools in Khomas region.

Operational Updates

15 Aug 2017 description
report Columbia University

ICAP partners with CDC and the government of South Sudan to fight a war within a war against HIV, introducing a package of HIV prevention, care, and treatment strategies.

14 Aug 2017 description

Overview

  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 44 events in the region. This week, two new events have been reported:
    Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Namibia and measles in Uganda. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

13 Aug 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Safeguard young people programe (2014-2016)

Addressing the urgent needs of youth across Southern Africa

Africa’s youth population is growing rapidly, bringing immense opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. Yet, they face many risks as they navigate adolescence – unemployment, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and genderbased violence. The life skills that many youth lack mean they are unable to negotiate healthy, equitable relationships to plan their families and their futures.

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF provided eight water tanker trucks to the Government of Namibia to support water-stressed communities in seven drought-affected regions. UNICEF also provided 15,000 bednets in support of the malaria outbreak response which has affected more than 11,900 people in the first quarter of 2017.

09 Aug 2017 description
report UNAIDS

Mediaplanet has today launched a new campaign to raise awareness about maternal health around the world.

Created in partnership with UNAIDS and other international organisations, the campaign looks at a range of case studies on issues affecting pregnant women and mothers, and draws on insights from community health-care providers, as well as public health advocates.

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

FAO coordination of food and agriculture disaster risk reduction and management in Southern Africa

Target areas:

Southern Africa

Recipient: Regional Africa

Donor: United States of America

Contribution: USD 500 000

Project code: OSRO/RAF/604/USA

Objective:

To contribute to reducing the risk of food and nutrition insecurity by building strong and resilient livelihoods among poor, rural farming households.