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17 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

FRANCISTOWN, 17 December 2009 (IRIN) - Relative silence has replaced the bustle that Francistown, on the border between Botswana and Zimbabwe, used to experience during the peak shopping period at Christmas.

For the past decade the town has been the first port of call for Zimbabweans, who were unable to source necessities from basic foodstuffs to petrol and even soap in their own country, and relied on their neighbour for most things.

This year there is a marked shift in commercial activity, and the hawkers in the Francistown bus terminus are idle.

15 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 15 December 2009 (IRIN) - The "humanitarian nature" of the mass movement of Zimbabweans to neighbouring Southern African countries has blurred the distinction between what is a "refugee" and an "economic migrant", because such people fit neither category perfectly and fall between the cracks, a new report says.

"Official responses to Zimbabwean migration in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique are still premised on this distinction, and so are failing to protect both Zimbabweans and [their own] citizens," noted Zimbabwean …

07 Dec 2009 description

As of December 07, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 16,031 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 109 deaths.

01 Dec 2009 description
report ZimOnline

by Own correspondent

HARARE - Rigid immigration laws of neighbouring countries have discouraged Zimbabwean migrants from registering with host governments in order to access humanitarian support and legal protection, according to a new report released Monday.

The report by South Africa's Witwatersrand University said laws and regulations of most neighbouring countries did not cater for Zimbabwean migrants who it said were "forced humanitarian migrants" who fled their country to look for jobs and other means of earning an income to support themselves and their …

30 Nov 2009 description

As of November 30, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15,887 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 108 deaths.

23 Nov 2009 description

As of November 23, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15503 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 104 deaths.

23 Nov 2009 description

A two-day joint meeting of SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV and AIDS was officially opened in Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland on Thursday, 12 November 2009 by the Right Honourable Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

In his address, the Prime Minister urged SADC Member States to implement SADC policy documents on HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The meeting, which will culminate in the commemoration of Malaria Week starting on Friday 13 November 2009, follows on the heels of a similar meeting held in Durban, South Africa from 15th to 16th …

16 Nov 2009 description

Responsables des projets et programmes, experts du développement agricole et rural et fonctionnaires du FIDA discutent de l'accès au marché et de l'intégration de l'agiculture et de l'élevage comme moyens d'améliorer la productivité agricole.

Bujumbura, le 16 novembre 2009. Le Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA) organise du 16 au 19 novembre 2009 à Bujumbura, Burundi, un atelier régional sur l'exécution de ses projets et des programmes en Afrique de l'Est et Australe.

16 Nov 2009 description

As of November 16, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 14,950 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 103 deaths.

13 Nov 2009 description
report Mail and Guardian

More than 1 250 international volunteers were placed in the Southern African region in 2008/9. More than half of these were in South Africa, a study by the Johannesburg-based Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (Vosesa) has shown.

The volunteers, mainly young people seeking experience abroad by working with local organisations and NGOs, serve for periods ranging from several weeks to two years.

But opinion on the volunteer sector is divided.

09 Nov 2009 description

As of November 09, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 14868 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 103 deaths.

04 Nov 2009 description

As of November 04, 2009, 17H00 GMT, 27 countries have officially reported 14580 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 76 deaths.

The breakdown of confirmed cases and deaths by country is given in the table below.

Country
Cumulative total
Newly confirmed From November 02 to 08
Cases
Deaths
01 Nov 2009 description

As of November 01, 2009, 17H00 GMT, 27 countries have officially reported 14480 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 76 deaths.

The breakdown of confirmed cases and deaths by country is given in the table below.

Country
Cumulative total
Newly confirmed From October 26 to November 01
Cases
30 Oct 2009 description

Mensajes principales

El estado de la inseguridad alimentaria en el mundo 2009 es el 10.=BA informe de situación de la FAO sobre el hambre en el mundo desde la Cumbre Mundial sobre la Alimentación (CMA) de 1996. En el informe se destaca el hecho de que, incluso antes de que se produjeran la crisis alimentaria y la crisis económica, el n=FAmero de personas que padecían hambre había aumentado lenta pero constantemente.

27 Oct 2009 description

As of October 27, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 27 countries have officially reported 14,109 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 76 deaths.

The breakdown of confirmed cases and deaths by country is given in the table below.

Country
Cumulative total
Newly confirmed From October 19 to October 25
Cases
26 Oct 2009 description

Fourth Special Report

On 2 June 2009 the International Development Committee published its Fourth Report of Session 2008-09, Aid Under Pressure: Support for Development Assistance in a Global Economic Downturn, HC 179-I. On 9 October 2009 we received the Government's Response to the Report. It is reproduced as an Appendix to this Special Report.

In the Government Response, the Committee's conclusions and recommendations are in bold text.

23 Oct 2009 description

El Niño is a phenomenon which occurs in the Pacific Ocean, but affects climate globally. This document summarizes the known historic impacts of El Niño in southern Africa. The impact of El Niño in the SADC region has varied significantly in its severity, though it generally has a greater impact in the southern half. The current El Niño is classified as weak to moderate.

23 Oct 2009 description
report IRIN

GABORONE, 23 October 2009 (IRIN) - Botswana has closed a loophole allowing pastors and preachers to avoid certain immigration regulations.

The special dispensation for men and women of the cloth allowed them to practice or hold church leadership positions, making it easy for foreign nationals to disguise themselves as preachers.

They could apply for a waiver and start work immediately on entry into the country, rather than having to wait while their applications for work permits were approved and processed.

In the last decade as many as three million Zimbabweans are thought to …