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04 Apr 2017 description
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WASHINGTON — Several countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including Zimbabwe, on Monday evening experienced an earth tremor described by a seismologist as out of the ordinary.

Times Live of South Africa, quoting TMG Digital, reported the tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale in Gauteng occurred earlier in the day in Krugersdorp on the West Rand of Gauteng before another one hit in the evening.

14 Feb 2017 description
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Sebastian Mhofu

HARARE — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is holding an emergency regional meeting in Zimbabwe on the spread of army worms in southern Africa, which is already struggling with food shortages. The pests are destroying crops in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

FAO coordinator for southern Africa Chimimba David Phiri said the meeting is aimed at finding a strategy to contain the situation.

18 Jan 2017 description
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Lameck Masina

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe are urging farmers to act fast with pesticides to halt the spread of army worms now threatening crops.

Army worms are a common pest, but this year's invasion has sparked particular concern.

In those three countries alone, the worms have destroyed thousands of hectares of maize — a staple food. El Nino-induced drought and flooding destroyed much of the previous two harvests, leaving nearly 30 million people in the region in need of food assistance.

04 Mar 2016 description
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VOA Staff

04.03.2016 14:59

HARARE—Zimbabwe is one of four southern African countries rolling out free HIV self-testing kits this month.

Experts say making it easier for people to find out their status will curb the spread of HIV, but others worry that testing without adequate counseling and treatment options will have little impact.

Despite the concerns, Zimbabwe is optimistic that self-testing kits can help it prevent new HIV infections.

16 Jul 2014 description
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Tatenda Gumbo 15.07.2014 20:19

WASHINGTON —Zimbabwe is among 15 countries in Africa that will soon be able to test infants for HIV in just 60-minutes.

The test, called Alere q HIV ½ Detect assay, which has proved effective in Maputo, Mozambique, where it was tested in five clinics, was developed by Alere, a leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic and health information solutions, in the world.

22 Aug 2013 description
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Lameck Masina

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Groups representing small-scale farmers, rural women and social activists from the countries of the Southern African Development Community, SADC, are asking the regional bloc to consider stop giving what they say is “red carpet” treatment to multilateral corporations at the expense of the poor.

The call is included in a joint statement issued by the Eastern and Southern African Small Scale Farmer’s Forum and People’s Dialogue which says the region is facing ongoing challenges and a deepening crisis due to neo-liberal economic policies.

18 Aug 2013 description
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Chanda Chimba

LUSAKA — The Zambian government is putting in place stringent measures aimed at ensuring a sufficient supply of anti-retroviral drugs. The drugs are essential for those infected with HIV/AIDS, but the medicine currently is in short supply. AIDS patients have had to travel more than 30 kilometers from their homes - often on foot - to reach clinics, where all too often they are told that the medicine has run out.

08 May 2013 description
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A recently released study says that scaling up micronutrient powders, MNP’s, is the key to preventing iron deficiency anemia in children worldwide. The research was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and carried out by the NGO Results for Development Institute in Washington DC.

15 Nov 2012 description
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Kim Lewis Last updated on: November 15, 2012 6:38 AM

A 7.8 million dollar grant offered through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will help an American university work with eight African countries to improve their farming techniques.

Michigan State University, through funding from the Gates Foundation Global Development Program, says the research aims to intensify farming methods that meet the agricultural needs of Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

09 Oct 2012 description
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Joe DeCapua

Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.

Listen to De Capua Report on African wheat

01 Jun 2012 description
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OSLO, Norway - The United States and Norway are working to improve maternal and child health in Africa. In the Norwegian capital, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $75 million in U.S. support.

Secretary Clinton says the "Saving Mothers, Giving Life" initiative aims to reduce maternal mortality at a time when the World Health Organization says 800 women die in childbirth each day.

24 Jan 2012 description
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By Joe DeCapua

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The fund says it has saved more than 7 and a half million lives by supporting prevention and treatment programs. However, in November, it announced it had cancelled its next funding round and that no new grants would be approved until 2014. An NGO is warning of the consequences if donors don’t step forward.

04 Oct 2011 description
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A major study has found that a hormonal contraceptive widely used in Africa appears to double a woman's chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

The study also suggests that when HIV-positive women used the injectable contraceptive, their male partners were twice as likely to become infected compared to male partners of women who had used no contraception.

The report was published this week in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Most of the women tested in the study used the contraceptive Depo-Provera.

08 Jun 2011 description
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Report identifies 'hotspots' of future food insecurity

Steve Baragona | Washington, D.C.

Higher temperatures and changing rainfall patterns resulting from global climate change will threaten food production in many parts of the world - especially regions in the tropics already struggling with food security, according to a new report.

How climate change affects you depends on more than just how it affects your local weather. It also depends on how much the weather matters to your livelihood, and how well you can cope with the changes.

10 Nov 2009 description
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By Sanday Kabange Chogo

Chanyanya ,Zambia, 10 November 2009 - There's strength in numbers, at least for 150 of Chanyanya's farmers. They've formed a cooperative that has leased part of its land to Infraco, a company specializing in agricultural infrastructure. That includes trenches and electric pumps to draw water from the nearby Kafue River for irrigation.

InfraCo also provides seeds, fertilizers and basic management to the farmers, who own about a quarter of the 60 irrigated hectares.

06 May 2008 description
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By William Eagle

As food prices climb, African policymakers are considering short- and long-term ways to make food prices affordable. The measures range from food subsidies for consumers to incentives for farmers to increase production. From Washington, William Eagle has the story.

African governments are under pressure from consumers - and in some cases protestors - to act now.  Some, like Nigeria, are working to satisfy demand and lower prices by releasing emergency grain reserves.

11 Jan 2008 description
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By Scott Bobb

Floods and heavy rains have destroyed the homes and crops of nearly 100,000 people in several countries in southern Africa. Water levels of major rivers are approaching those that caused disastrous flooding seven years ago, but relief officials say better preparation has reduced casualty rates so far. VOA's Scott Bobb reports from our Southern African Bureau in Johannesburg.

Relief officials in southern Africa say heavy rains for the past month have killed several dozen people and displaced tens of thousands one month before the peak of the rainy season.

25 Jul 2007 description
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A project called the Zambian Initiative Development is alleviating poverty among refugees and communities near refugee camps. It has helped over 600 thousand people, some of them asylum seekers. VOA English to Africa's Danstan Kaunda reports from Lusaka that Zambia is home to more than 120 thousand refugees from Angola, Rwanda, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of these refugees fled their countries because of conflict.

The Zambia Initiative is funded by Denmark, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

09 Apr 2007 description
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By Danstan Kaunda

Lusaka, Zambia

09 April 2007

Zambia has one of highest rates of blindness in southern Africa - with about 105 thousand people who are sight-impaired. Specialists say in here, as in other places in the developing world, the overwhelming majority of cases have man-made causes, like poor nutrition. Kaunda Danstan has more from the Zambia capital, Lusaka.

Zambia's rural Luapala valley has 13 thousand cases of blindness - the highest rate in the country.