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26 Sep 2017 description

According to the National Society’s assessments carried out in the past weeks, a heavy increase in the influx of refugees has been recorded, straining the capacity of the reception and transition centres (TC). The recent increase has triggered an immediate scale-up of the National Society’s activities in order to support and to increase the capacity of the existing transit centres as well as to allow for support outside the centres. The assessment has indicated that the trend is likely to continue, and that the National Society’s interventions may need to be further scaled up.

18 Jan 2017 description

Zambia Red Cross Society volunteers have been supporting asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) - since they arrived in late December 2016, until they began to be repatriated, in early January 2017.

In December 2016, there were reports of political tension in the second-largest country in Africa. And, as a result, some Congolese started fleeing to neighbouring Zambia.

27 Jul 2016 description

By Bruce Mulenga, Zambia Red Cross Society

For many months, it stood unusable – a borehole within arms’ reach of the Sikaunzwe Primary School in southern Zambia. Tantalizing, it enticed students and teachers, in an area currently affected by a prolonged dry spell. But it was broken, and could not provide one drop of the most precious resource – water.

16 Jun 2016 description

By Bruce Mulenga, Zambia Red Cross Society

For many farmers in Zambia, the time to harvest their crops has arrived. However, the majority of peasant farmers living in the valleys have little to harvest from their fields this year, due to poor rains received in most parts of the country during the last rainy season. For these farmers, the threat of hunger is becoming a reality. Those with no income to search out alternative sources of food are slowly becoming more vulnerable.

19 May 2016 description

Geneva, 19 May 2016: Fears are growing that a deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola – which has already spread to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and China - will continue to spread internationally without immediate action to prevent it, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.

The disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also responsible for spreading the Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya.

21 Apr 2016 description

The ICRC's Harare Regional Delegation carries out humanitarian activities in Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe and in collaboration with the National Red Cross Societies, focuses on visiting detainees to monitor their living conditions and treatment, improving access to water and sanitation and reconnecting families separated by conflict.

Below is an overview of the ICRC's Harare Regional Delegation work in 2015.

Visiting detainees and maintaining contact between separated families

In Zimbabwe, we

25 Feb 2016 description

By Bruce Mulenga, Zambia Red Cross Society

The recent bad weather caused by the El Niño event has resulted in insufficient rainfall and decreased sources of drinking water for the majority of Zambians, especially those living in rural areas.

18 Jun 2015 description

Lusaka, Zambia (ICRC) – Representatives from nine southern and central African countries are gathered in Lusaka for a two-day seminar, on 17 and 18 June; its aim is to promote adherence to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) amongst members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and to enable them to share best practices for passing domestic legislation to implement its provisions.

30 May 2015 description

Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.

The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.

31 Jul 2014 description
  1. Who are we?

The Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) located in Botswana is part of the Africa Zone and the wider IFRC Secretariat. The regional office covers 10 countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

01 May 2014 description

This report covers the period 1 January – 31 December 2013


During the first half of 2013, the focus has been on enhancing both the leadership and operational aspects of National Societies in the region. In 2013, southern Africa still presented with its unique humanitarian challenges. Hundreds of thousands of its most vulnerable communities continued to have their lives and livelihoods destroyed by annual floods and droughts.

29 Nov 2013 description

Summary: CHF 84,691 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 26 February, 2013 to support the Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) in delivering assistance to some 300 households (1,800 beneficiaries) in Mumbwa District that had been affected by floods.

On 2 April, the budget was revised upwards to CHF 93,951 to cover the unforeseen costs of the deployment of an RDRT for 30 days as well as the engagement for one month of a logistics and a field officer as support staff for ZRCS.

08 Nov 2013 description

(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.

08 Aug 2013 description
  1. Executive Summary

The Southern Africa Regional Representation Office (SARRO) began 2013 with minimal staff and in the relatively newly-established location of Gaborone, Botswana. The challenges faced due to these circumstances have been previously reported in both the 2012 Annual Report and the Development Operational Plan. This notwithstanding, SARRO was accredited diplomatic status by the Government of the Republic of Botswana during the first half of the year.