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12 Dec 2017 description

by Lyndsay Griffiths | Thomson Reuters Foundation Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:00 GMT

MAZABUKA, Zambia, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - S ugar brought a rush of people and prosperity to the drab highway stop in southern Zambia they now call "Sweet Town" - and with that trade came AIDS.

To mine copper or cut cane, outsiders descended on scruffy, fast-growing towns like Mazabuka, hoping to make a new life and where the men went, a sex industry followed with local women touring bars, inns and truck stops to sell sex to newcomers.

12 Dec 2017 description

On 6 October 2017, the Minister of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. From 28 September through 7 December 2017, 547 cases including 15 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.8%), have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak. The initial outbreak period was from 28 September through 20 October. From 21 October through 4 November 2017 there were less than five cases reported each week. However, from 5 November 2017 an increase in the number of cases was observed with a total of 136 cases reported in the week beginning 26 November.

11 Dec 2017 description

Zambia’s Kenani transit centre now hosts more than 10,000 refugees. The number of refugees fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and being hosted at the Kenani transit centre in the north of Zambia has now passed the 10,000 mark since August this year.

Kenani is the Zambia’s largest refugee transit facility currently hosting 10,065 registered Congolese arrivals.

10 Dec 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary production prospects point to aboveaverage cereal output in 2018

  • Production of maize reached record high of 3.7 million tonnes in 2017

  • Exports of maize expected to increase in 2017/18, on account of ample domestic supplies

  • Following stressed situation in previous year, food security conditions improved in 2017/18, on back of larger agricultural output

Early production outlook favourable for 2018 crops

07 Dec 2017 description

Government, together with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, today assured the host community in Nchelenge’s Mantapala area that no one will be displaced when Congolese refugees are relocated to the area.

The message was conveyed during the start of sensitization of the host community in Nchelenge’s Mantapala area today, ahead of the relocation of Congolese refugees which will start soon.

04 Dec 2017 description

Episcopal Relief & Development is pleased to announce that it has received a $200,000 grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation to support its integrated Early Childhood Development program (ECD) in Zambia.

01 Dec 2017 description

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Babar Baloch – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 01 décembre 2017 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le nombre de réfugiés ayant fui les violences des milices dans le sud-est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) vers la Zambie a passé le cap des 12 000 - avec plus de 8 400 arrivants ces trois derniers mois.

01 Dec 2017 description

The number of refugees fleeing militia violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and arriving in Zambia has crossed the 12,000 mark – with more than 8,400 arrivals in the last three months.

Some 80 per cent of the refugees are women and children, driven out by the extreme brutality of rampaging militias, with reports of civilians being killed, women being raped, private property looted and houses torched. Most of the refugees are coming from the Haut-Katanga and Tanganyika Provinces of the (DRC).

01 Dec 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Nov 2017 description

Lusaka, Zambia, 25 November 2017 (ECA) – The Zambian Government has urged families to take the lead role in curbing gender-based violence (GBV).

Minister of Gender, Victoria Kalima said the Church and traditional leaders should fully engage families to change the negative attitudes towards GBV at family level.

24 Nov 2017 description

Nineteen (19) new cholera cases have been recorded while 41 patients are currently under admission.

The new cases are; Chipata Compound (10 cases), Kanyama (6) and Matero (3) Current admission are Chipata Compound (13), Kanyama (12) and Matero (16) Cumulative cases; Chpata (129), Kanyama (113), Bauleni (1), Chawama (3) and Matero (17).

The cumulative number of Cholera cases has since increased to 263 from the time the disease broke out in Lusaka.

18 Nov 2017 description

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 102.5 million (ZMK 11,5 billion) concessional loan with the Zambian Ministry of Finance and the Lusaka Water & Sewerage Company (LWSC) in support of local sanitation infrastructure in the Zambian capital.

17 Nov 2017 description

November 2017, Chisamba, Zambia - Seventy-eight kilometres north of Lusaka, in the peaceful countryside of Chisamba, 20 officers and field technical staff from several Ministries (Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Resources, Planning, Development, Finance) and national research institutes gathered together in a five-day training workshop on Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture from the 14 to 18 August 2017.

07 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

PEMBA, Zambia, Nov 7 2017 (IPS) - As governments gather in Bonn, Germany for the next two weeks to hammer out a blueprint for implementation of the global climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, a major focus will be on emissions reductions to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C by 2020.

01 Nov 2017 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.

01 Nov 2017 description

Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue

KEY MESSAGES

31 Oct 2017 description

The President of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu visited Kenani Transit Centre in the northern Zambia to assess the situation of over 6,000 refugees fleeing the violence and insecurity from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since end of August.