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18 Dec 2007 description

Johannesburg, 18 December 2007: Faced with the worsening impact of floods and cyclones, disaster managers in eight Southern African and Indian Ocean countries have agreed to work more closely together to combat the devastating effects of these natural disasters.

01 Oct 2007 description

Refugees International is traveling to Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa for four weeks in October to conduct an assessment mission of the humanitarian situation of Zimbabweans fleeing political and economic turmoil in their home country. The Refugees International (RI) team will evaluate the overall effectiveness of the response to the needs of Zimbabweans and of efforts to provide assistance and protection to groups that are particularly vulnerable.

It is now estimated that over three million Zimbabweans have left the country, with thousands more leaving on a daily basis.

28 Mar 2007 description

Drought conditions have resulted in crop failure across western parts of RSA's Maize Triangle, Lesotho and southern Zimbabwe, with crop stress in the eastern part of the Maize Triangle as well as central Zimbabwe and Swaziland. Drought conditions have developed in eastern Botswana and southern Mozambique as well.

Favorable growing conditions in northern Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola and Namibia have resulted from abundant rains.

29 Jan 2007 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

NAIROBI, 29 January (IRIN) - The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, has launched a new policy to ensure that HIV-positive refugees and other displaced people around the world have access to life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication.

The policy, designed to offer guidance to UNHCR and its partners as well as host governments, aims to integrate ARV provision as part of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS programme for refugees that includes prevention, care and support.

"In certain situations, for …