The Southern Africa region faces enormous humanitarian challenges, which have eroded livelihood the coping mechanisms for most people in the region. The human and social cost of these disasters in terms of life and property loss as well as the disruption of communities and livelihood has placed a considerable strain on the social fabric of the affected areas and the ability to recover and further develop. Southern Africa is home to more than 70 percent of the HIV and AIDS affected population in the world, which has resulted in more than 4.5 million orphans who are being looked after by either young children or grandparents.
The region is currently faced with yet another food crisis with several countries (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and parts of Zambia) hard hit by severe drought. The 'triple threat' of HIV and AIDS, erratic rainfall pattern and weakened government capacity demands a new approach from the humanitarian assistance community to deal with the deteriorating human development indicators and the deepening poverty.
While poor weather (perhaps effect of climate change) remains the major cause for the food insecurity in the region, the underlying vulnerability coupled with HIV and AIDS makes the impact of these shocks far worse than anticipated. As a result, vulnerable populations are unable to provide for their own needs while communities, civil society and states are increasingly unable to assist them.
For further information specifically related to this Appeal, please contact:
In Operational Zone for Southern Africa: Françoise Le Goff, Head of Zone Office, Johannesburg; email firstname.lastname@example.org;
In Geneva: Busisiwe Tshili, Officer (Management Support Team), Coordination & Programmes Division; email: email@example.com; Phone: Tel: +41 22 730 4207; Fax +41 22 733 0395