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31 Dec 2013 description

 Heavy rains are expected in eastern Southern Africa, increasing risks for localized flooding during the next outlook period.

1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October-December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.

31 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ernest Chiombe

LUSAKA, Dec 29 2013 (IPS) - It is seven in the morning and Georgina Musende, 56, of Kamanga Township, which just lies east of the Zambian capital Lusaka, is already sweating as she digs into the dry earth. Every time the hoe hits the ground, the dust engulfs her.

But Musende, a single parent who supports her four children and 10 grandchildren, is not concerned about the scorching 35-degree Celsius heat nor the dust. She is worried that the delayed onset of the rainy season will affect her maize production.

30 Dec 2013 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

•The approach, referred to as results-based financing for health, (RBF), pays providers of health services after pre-agreed results have been achieved and independently verified.

•Created in 2007, the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund, managed by the World Bank, is supporting 36 RBF programmes in 31 countries, committing $404 million of donor funding from the governments of Norway and the United Kingdom.

26 Dec 2013 description

UNHCR operational highlights

• UNHCR and CNR organized a joint mission in Bas-Congo Province for registration of exemption claims over the cessation of Angolan refugee status for those living Tseke zole, Mfuiki, Lundu and Matende Kimbianga. The mission met some 481 Angolan refugees (171 families). The Eligibility Committee has exempted them later in the month.

24 Dec 2013 description

Enhanced rains were observed across Southern Africa during the past observation period.

1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October- December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.

24 Dec 2013 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

19 Dec 2013 description

Highlights

  • Short season (Vuli) in bimodal areas of northern Tanzania experiences poor rainfall performance

  • Good rains in early December slightly help to ease 1-to-2-year dryness in southern Angola, Botswana, northern Namibia, and South Africa

  • Onset of rains in southern Malawi, central Mozambique, eastern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe delayed by more than 1 month

18 Dec 2013 description

Increased rains during the past week have helped to replenish soil moisture in eastern Southern Africa, while limited rains have worsened dryness in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.

1) Though an increase in rainfall was observed in southern Kenya over the past few weeks, the delayed onset and uneven distribution of the October-December rainy season have already negatively impacted ground conditions over northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

16 Dec 2013 description

The spread of AIDS is serious in Zambia. AIDS was believed to have been a fatal disease before, but nowadays antiretroviral (ARV) medicine is available, which can control the development and aggravation of the symptoms provided that the medicine is taken religiously everyday. However, many HIV-positive people and AIDS patients discontinue taking ARV medicine for if they are unwilling to disclose their status to their neighbors, or they wait before going to hospital with the false understanding that they are still healthy.

13 Dec 2013 description

Moderate to locally heavy rainfall may alleviate dryness in eastern Southern Africa

  1. Although local areas of equatorial eastern Africa have received increased rainfall over the past few weeks, poor rainfall performance since the beginning of the October has led to large moisture deficits over central Kenya and southern Somalia. This dryness is likely to negatively impact the development of crops and pastoral conditions, with little opportunity for recovery before the end of the rainy season.

11 Dec 2013 description

Below-average rainfall was observed in eastern Southern Africa during the past week, exacerbating dryness over parts of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

1) Although local areas of equatorial eastern Africa have received increased rainfall over the past few weeks, poor rainfall performance since the beginning of the October has led to large moisture deficits over central Kenya and southern Somalia. This dryness is likely to negatively impact the development of crops and pastoral conditions, with little opportunity for recovery before the end of the rainy season.

05 Dec 2013 description

Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation. Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize production, while Mansa and Mongu are indicative of low production areas. Kabwe, Kitwe, and Lusaka are all urban areas where demand for these commodities is high. Solwezi is a new mining town with an increasing demand for food commodities.

05 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

African trypanosomiasis currently puts 70 million people at risk. Though control efforts have produced good results, there can be no elimination without wider health system reforms.

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05 Dec 2013 description
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KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market supplies improved throughout the region in October due to average ongoing harvests. Carryover stocks were average to above-average in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Benin but below-average in many areas of the Niger and Nigeria due to the effects flood and conflict that disrupted the marketing system in 2012 and early 2013. Stable rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-5).

04 Dec 2013 description

Abnormal dryness has settled in across eastern Southern Africa due to a poor rainfall distribution during November.

1) While some local areas observed some moisture recovery along the Jubba River basin in southern Somalia during mid-November, the absence of precipitation in October has led to significant moisture deficits across many parts of southern Somalia and eastern Kenya. This dryness is likely to negatively impact the development of crops, and pastoral conditions with little opportunity for recovery before the end of the rains season.

03 Dec 2013 description
report Radio Okapi

La 6ème région militaire a déployé des troupes à Mokambo et Sakania dans le territoire de Kipushi mardi 3 décembre. Le commandant région des Forces armées de la RDC (FARDC), le général Mbwayama Siana affirme que ce renforcement de mesures sécuritaires le long de la frontière avec la Zambie vise à lutter contre les incursions répétées des miliciens Bakata Katanga. selon lui, ce déploiement va durer trois mois.

02 Dec 2013 description

Angola:
A cholera outbreak has been recorded in Cunene Province which has claimed the lives of dozens of people.

Mauritius:
On 28 November 2013, heavy rains were recorded in Mauritius, however no major damage was reported. Some schools were forced to close and unconfirmed reports indicate that approximately 45 houses were affected by water damage, with a total of 279 people accommodated in emergency shelters.

02 Dec 2013 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

01 Dec 2013 description

Working environment

There are more than half a million people of concern to UNHCR in Southern Africa. At the end of 2012 they included some 134,000 refugees, 272,000 asylum-seekers and almost 19,740 returnees.

30 Nov 2013 description

Rainfall is erratic and below normal in areas with September/October onset

KEY MESSAGES

• The season began in several parts of the region, with below normal rainfall being received in the south-western and north-eastern parts of the region.

• While awaiting the onset of rains expected in November and December, dry conditions from the last two seasons have persisted in parts of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.