By Kanni Wignaraja and Amaya Gillespie*
Zambia is one of the countries most affected by HIV and AIDS with 14.3% of the population estimated to be living with HIV. We are now approaching almost 30 years of trying to control HIV and AIDS: So what have we learned, and what are we doing differently?
In highly affected countries like those in this region, the risks are high, but it is very clear that women and girls are most affected. More women (16%) than men (12%) are living with HIV in Zambia and it is women of reproductive age (15 - 45) who are most at risk.
UNICEF expedites the repatriation of three Afghan children
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) successfully repatriated to Kabul three Afghan boys involved in child trafficking with assistance of the International Organization for migration (IOM). On the 11th May 2004 a child trafficking case involving three Afghan boys was brought to the attention of UNICEF by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
UNICEF, IOM, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) collaborated to explore ways of ensuring the boys' safe repatriation to their home …
Zambian Government declares HIV/AIDS an emergency
HIV/AIDS in Zambia has been officially recognised as an emergency. The emergency period would run from August 2004 to July 2009.
Repatriation of Angolan Refugees Resumes
Zambian Government invites support as Zambezi floods leave 39,000 households in need of assistance
Looming WFP-Angola food shortage threatens refugee repatriation
21,000 households affected as floods destroy schools, crops and health centres in western Zambia.
Objectives of the Joint FAO/ORC Mission
The mission was undertaken by Mr. Derrick Sikombe of the Emergency Unit of the Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) and Mr. Robert Tabana of the Humanitarian Coordination Unit of the Office of UN Resident Coordinator (ORC) in Zambia. The main objectives of the mission were to monitor crop performance and assess the flood situation in the area. The team visited Mongu, Kalabo, Senanga, Lukulu, Zambezi and Kabompo from 17-27 March 2004.
2004 Zambia Budget and the MDGs - An Analysis1
Rocky road towards HIPC Completion Point -President Mwanawasa
Rainfall generally improves but...
Rocky road towards HIPC Completion Point -- President Mwanawasa
The Zambian Government has pledged to work towards reaching the Completion Point of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC). In his New Year speech to the nation, President Mwanawasa said that the nation had to resume working with the IMF's in order to access debt relief " I want to warn the nation that we can not afford not to return to the IMF programme by June 2004".
Oprah "talks" HIV/AIDS in Zambia
People in some districts of Southern and Western Provinces are still facing water and food problems
From 29th September to 4th October 2003, OCHA and UNDP conducted a rapid assessment of the humanitarian situation in Monze, Choma, Gwembe, Sinazongwe, Livingstone and Kazungula districts (Southern province) ; Sesheke, Shangombo, Senanga, Mongu and Kaoma districts (Western province).
Weather: Normal rainfall is expected over much of Zambia for the coming season
The principal factors taken into account by the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) are the current state of the neutral conditions of the sea-surface temperatures in the Indian, Atlantic and the Equatorial Pacific Oceans.
On the Global Human Development Report
The March GRZ-FAO-NGO crop assessment suggests
pockets of crop failure mainly in Southern Province
All over the country, the harvest is late due to late rains. An improvement in food situation over last year is expected. The Eastern and Central Provinces are probably doing well. The Copperbelt usually has more rain and the North is doing quite well.