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Southern Africa is in the throes of an acute humanitarian crisis that is having countrywide impacts in Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, as well as affecting significant populations in Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland. It is estimated that, across the entire region, 7.5 million (plus a further 1.9 million in Angola) people already require immediate food assistance; a figure that will rise to 16.3 million over the January -March 2003 period. Of those in need, at least 60% are under the age of 18 years.
Arguments over genetically modified (GM) food are complicating the distribution of humanitarian aid in southern Africa. Despite severe food shortages, Zambia has rejected recent shipments of GM corn from the U.N. World Food Program.
Silver Spring, Maryland - During September, two groups from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) conducted field assessments of the food shortage and the HIV/AIDS crises affecting countries in southern Africa. Data gathered during the trips is being analyzed as part of the creation of an agency-wide response strategy.
By Toby Reynolds
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Southern African rains look likely to dry up in a growing El Niño phenomenon, weather forecasters said on Monday, but South African farmers said winter rains had set them in good stead for the dry spell.
The feared El Niño weather pattern, taking its name from 'little boy' in Spanish, results from a warming of ocean waters in the eastern Pacific that occurs every four to five years, and has sparked devastating floods and droughts across the world.
HEALTH EMERGENCY IN THE REPUBLIC OF
Since fighting began (19 September 2002) between rebel forces and the Government of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, more than 270 people have been killed, approximately 300 wounded, and hundreds displaced. In a recently held inter-agency coordination meeting -- lead by WHO -- the following main points of intervention were identified and included in a common Contingency Plan:
- Improve access to health care for IDPs;
- Management of wounded;
- Promotion of hygiene in the IDP camps;
Six countries in southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland - have been hit by the worst food crisis of the last ten years due to crop failures of varying severity. The number of people in need of help will continue to rise until the next harvest in April/May 2003.
Prepared by: Caroline Delany and Sonja
With the generous support of the Canadian International Development Agency.
CROP AND FOOD SUPPLY SITUATION
JOHANNESBURG, 30 September (IRIN) - A common Southern African Development Community (SADC) policy on genetically modified (GM) food aid could be on the agenda at a heads of state summit in Luanda, Angola, this week.
The international humanitarian aid system is facing unprecedented stress. Poor weather and the legacy of conflict are threatening tens of millions of people, primarily in Africa and Central Asia. The situation is so grave that Andrew Natsios, Administrator of the U.S.
Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambian government has rushed 800 metric tons of corn flour to the southern district of Monze after politicians claimed that three persons in the area have starved to death, an official working with disaster management said Monday.
Source: Six Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), September 2002
This report includes:
(A) Asia Region: (1) DPR of Korea
(B) East and Southern Africa Region: (1) Regional overview, (2) Lesotho, (3) Malawi, (4) Mozambique, (5) Zambia, (6) Zimbabwe, (7) Swaziland, (8) Ethiopia, (9) Sudan, (10) Uganda, (11) Burundi
(C) West Africa Region: (1) Sierra Leone (2) Guinea (3) Mauritania
(D) Central Africa Region: (1) Angola
(E) West and Central Asia Region: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran
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At a glance
By Rainer Lang
by Xiong Sihao
LUANDA, Sept 25, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders will push issues of poverty reduction to the center-stage here in a bid to tackle the issues related to the spread of HIV/AIDS, the regional body's executive secretary have said.
"We will be tackling the issue of poverty from the organizational and policy point of view.