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26 Dec 2011 description

Luena - Ten families from the 121 Angolans that returned from the Republic of Zambia this month and who are still at the shelter centre of Luena (eastern Moxico province), on Friday received assorted foodstuff donated by militants of JMPLA (youth wing of the ruling MPLA party).

The donation is one two tonnes of products such as mealie meal, cooking oil, rice, salt, spaghetti, beans, cool drinks, juice, used clothes, among other consumption goods.

22 Dec 2011 description

Outlook Highlights

  • Normal to above – normal rainfall is expected over the continental SADC countries.

  • Most of Madagascar is expected to receive above-normal to normal total rainfall

  • Heavy rainfall is forecast and is expected to bring relief to the dryness across southern Africa during the last next week of December 2011.

20 Dec 2011 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland’s support to women’s empowerment in the dGender equality is both a human right and fundamental to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

19 Dec 2011 description

Golden Lwiindi, 40, is a smallholder farmer in Zambia’s Southern Province. In the past five years, he has bred more than 50 goats, developed his farm, planted and sold a variety of crops, and bought a hammer mill. He says the secret to his success is thinking of farming as a way to make money, not just as a traditional way of life – adopting new technologies and methods, crop diversification, record keeping and good planning also help.

19 Dec 2011 description

WHO/AFRO welcome preliminary results of malaria vaccine trials

The World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa has welcomed the announcement that trials of a malaria candidate vaccine show promising results by providing protection against clinical malaria in children.

The results were announced at the Global Malaria Forum hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

16 Dec 2011 description

Luena - At least 121 Angolans who were settled in the neighbouring Republic of Zambia as refugees returned Friday in Luena, capital of Moxico province, where they will be resettled in their areas of origin.

The Angolans living in Zambia for over 30 years were carried on an aircraft of Angolan company “Sonair”, which made a stopover Thursday in the city of Ndola.

09 Dec 2011 description

Rome, 9 December 2011 –The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a US$24.8 million loan to the Republic of Zambia to accelerate growth in smallholder agriculture and reduce rural poverty in the country.

The financing agreement for the Smallholder Productivity Promotion Programme was signed today by Samuel Mapala, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Zambia to United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

08 Dec 2011 description
report PlusNews

ADDIS ABABA, 7 December 2011 (PlusNews) - HIV patients in Africa frequently suffer shame and depression but the continent’s health systems are ill-equipped to handle the issue, which not only affects their quality of life, but can lead to poor adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

07 Dec 2011 description

SADC REGIONAL SUMMARY

  • Assessments by the end of October 2011 indicated that the 2011/12 rainy season had not commenced in most parts of the region except for a few isolated areas. Planting rains are mostly expected in November in the Region.

  • Latest rainfall forecasts indicate that most parts of the Region may receive normal to above normal rains during the period November 2011 to January 2012. Should this be realized and farmers are able to timely access inputs, the Region may have another good harvest in 2012.

05 Dec 2011 description

Emergency Preparedness and Response Summary Outcomes

Recommendations

Early warning

  • Countries should share their monthly meteorological updates (where available), as well as hydrological information, with the SADC DRR Unit for posting on its website to assist neighboring countries in understanding developments that may affect them.

02 Dec 2011 description
report Concern Worldwide

€3.7m five-year RAIN project focuses on sustainable prevention of “unacceptably high undernutrition stunting and mortality rates in children under two”

Concern Worldwide and Kerry Group today announced a pioneering initiative aimed at the improving undernutrition and mortality rates in children under two years of age in the developing world.

The partnership and funding commitment was formally announced at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin at midday by Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food Simon Coveney, Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy and Concern CEO Tom Arnold.

29 Nov 2011 description

Adult HIV prevalence in southern DRC is estimated to be only 1.2%. However, this masks more local variations, especially among most-at-risk populations. For example, 23.3.% of sex workers were HIV positive in one survey in Lubumbashi. More recently in Lubumbashi, HIV prevalence among pregnant women was 6.3%. HIV prevalence is also likely to be higher than 1.2% in the southeastern tip of DRC due to population movement between DRC and high HIV prevalence areas of Zambia.

27 Nov 2011 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, disease outbreaks, prolonged complex emergencies, environmental degrada-tion, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 and FY 2011, USAID’s Office of U.S.

25 Nov 2011 description
report CARE

Les dirigeants des sociétés civiles de l’Angola, du Burundi, de la Centrafrique, du Congo Brazzaville, de la RDC, du Kenya, de la Tanzanie, du Rwanda, de l’Ouganda et de la Zambie se joignent à CARE pour presser les gouvernements à agir contre la violence sexuelle contre les femmes.

24 Nov 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, United States, 23 November 2011- A radiant smile lights up Agness Chabu’s face as she cuddles Lackson, her 23-month-old son at home in Zambia. Agnes has good reason to feel joyful. She and her son have gone through many months of care to protect the little boy from mother-to-child HIV transmission during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Now, health workers have confirmed that Lackson is free of the virus.