By Ezaruku Draku Franklin and Frank Mugabi
Moyo town was yesterday thrown into chaos as residents demonstrated against the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) attack on farmers in Lefori sub-county on the Uganda-Sudan border on Tuesday.
Hundreds of demonstrators braced the scorching sun to trek the murram road up to the district headquarters, where Moyo sub-county residents joined them.
by Wezi Tjaronda
WINDHOEK - Although the annual malaria related mortality rates have decreased over the years, Namibia will have to implement an integrated health system wide response to ensure she can meet the current and future health challenges, particularly those posed by endemic as well as epidemic malaria outbreaks.
There is a probability that Namibia-specific climate change predictions, such as the rise in temperatures and increases in rainfall, will result in an expansion and increased spread of malaria in future.
Malaria, considered endemic in Caprivi, Kavango, Kunene, …
by Petronella Sibeene
WINDHOEK - Amid the rising numbers of confirmed cases of measles in the Ohangwena Region, the Regional Health Director Kaino Pohamba has appealed to parents to avoid taking children displaying measles symptoms to traditional healers.
By Friday, there were 12 confirmed measles cases from the 37 suspected cases.
By Raymond Baguma
THE World Bank has approved $325m (about sh715b) in loans to Uganda to finance the education and energy sectors, as well as post-war recovery in the north, for the next five years.
The funds will be used under the second phase of the Northern Uganda Social Action Fund, the Energy for Rural Transformation and the Universal Post-Primary Education and Training Programme.
The agreements were signed yesterday by finance minister Syda Bbumba and the bank's country manager Kundhavi Kadiresan.
A?total of $100m to NUSAF II will finance job creation, …
by Wezi Tjaronda
WINDHOEK - A programme to help farming households in the Ohangwena Region sustain themselves after the devastating floods of last year is coming to an end.
This week, the agricultural inputs for flood recovery programme, which started in October last year, is distributing the last 172 goats to families in that region.
The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) said on Monday since the immense floods experienced in 2008 occurred again this year, partially to an even worse extent, food security activities in these communities should from now onwards be planned bearing in …
by Petronella Sibeene
WINDHOEK - Government has stopped the distribution of relief food to some drought stricken regions after they exhausted their allocated shares from millions of dollars set aside last year to rescue thousands of Namibians severely hit by hunger following the floods.
Free food distribution continues only in the Kunene, Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, and Caprivi regions, hard-hit by the 2008/9 floods.
WINDHOEK - High infant mortality - partially attributed to low nutritional status among Namibian children - is not likely to reduce significantly by 2015, said Prime Minister Nahas Angula.
In 2006, the infant mortality in Namibia was 46 deaths for every 1 000 births, and the situation, said Angula, seems to be getting worse, if seen against the reduction in Grade 1 enrolment by 10 or 15 percent.
Angula said this could significantly change the demography of Namibia if child mortality is not addressed.
According to the Namibia National Health Survey of 2006, 7.5 percent of Namibian …
TRANS KALAHARI BORDER POST - Some 41 refugees and asylum seekers mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last Wednesday fled from the Osire Refugee Camp, assisted by the National Society for Human Rights Director Phil Ya Nangolo (NSHR), who left them on the Botswana side, New Era has established.
The refugees are now stranded at the Mamuno Border Post, a stone's throw away from the immigration control of the Botswana Border Service - camping in an army brown tent under the watchful eyes of the Botswana police from Charles Hill town.
Among the group are 23 children …
WINDHOEK - Many households in the northern communal crop regions may face food insecurity especially due to expected below average harvests on coarse grain production this year.
The slight improvement in the household food security last season will therefore not improve the food woes of many of these households who are already feeling the pinch of the past floods.
Reeling from last year's floods that already weakened their food reserves, most households have enough food to last them only until between August and October this year.
by Petronella Sibeene
WINDHOEK - Namibia will need close to N$4 billion to avert annual flood disasters that continue to cause great loss to life, property and resources in the northern and north-eastern parts of the country, Prime Minister Nahas Angula, has revealed.
Caprivi, Kavango, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati regions have suffered severe flooding with the 2009 scenario being described the worst in over four decades.
The magnitude of the floods and the impact thereof has been too big such that Government has in the past two years appealed for swift international …
by Desie Heita
WINDHOEK - Driving up HIV infection in the country are the low risk perception of HIV, a large number of uncircumcised men, sugar daddies and sugar mommies, together with alcohol abuse and inconsistent use of condom.
More pressing, however, is the general apathy of the Namibian society towards the risk of HIV/AIDS.
WINDHOEK - UNICEF facilitated the handing over of 15 tons of Morvite by Tiger Brands CIC Namibia to the Government for households in six flood-affected regions still struggling to cope.
The nutritious consignment is worth N$135 000 and was received by Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nangula Mbako.
Morvite is a highly nutritious sorghum in powder form and will provide an equivalent of 120 000 meals per day.
"This donation has come at the time when Government is taking stock of the full effect of the flood," said Mbako.
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by Catherine Sasman
WINDHOEK - A Russian cargo transporter, Illyusin 76, flew more than 24-hours to deliver 20 million rubles worth of tents, blankets, food, medicines and disinfectant to Namibia's northern regions devastated by ruinous flooding.
The plane landed at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Saturday evening with the huge humanitarian donation from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.
Russian Ambassador to Namibia, Nikolai Gribkov, said the donation came at the right time to assist in alleviating the devastation - estimated at around N$2 billion.
by Wezi Tjaronda
WINDHOEK - The foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in Caprivi and Kavango regions will be declared over between June 6 and 12 if no other clinical cases are reported.
Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Dr Cleopas Bamhare, told New Era yesterday the FMD situation in the two regions is under control and once declared free, the ministry can start approaching potential trading partners for the beef from the two areas.
FMD broke out in the Caprivi in November 2007 and in Kavango region in July last year.
by Kalilo M Kambo
OSHAANGO - A non-profit making international humanitarian organization donated two goats to each of the ten households that were severely affected by recent heavy rains and flooding.
Each of the beneficiary households collected two goats at Oshaango village in Omulonga Constituency of the Ohangwena Region last week.
"We are giving goats to communities in order to give support to the flood victims especially those who lost part of their mahangu fields since they are now in trouble in terms of food security and income.
by Chrispin Inambao
WINDHOEK - Although the water level in areas affected by the worst flooding in Caprivi has dropped significantly, travelling among many people remains severely curtailed.
A teacher at Schuckmannsburg Combined School, who requested anonymity, said when schools reopen on May 26 for the new term, most teachers and the 340 students at the school would have to travel via Zambia.
Both teachers and their charges travel by road from Katima Mulilo in Namibia through Sesheke (Zambia) and eventually have to cross the Zambezi River at Mwandi back into Namibia using …
by Kalilo Kambo
OSHAKATI - People relocated to the emergency reception centres at Ekuku and Shoopala in Oshakati have expressed willingness to move back to their respective homes.
Residents told New Era that most of them were willing to move back to their homes after being informed the situation has improved.
The only problem is transport.
"Many of us would want to go back to our homes but we have no money to hire transport to carry our goods.
If there was transport to take us home, by now, this camp was going to be empty and you were not going to find anybody …
OSHAKATI - Hundreds of people affected by floods, who sought shelter at various reception centres across the northern regions, have gradually returned to their homes after the situation normalised.
In Omusati, the region hardest hit by heavy rains and floods, all the people displaced by floods have gone back to their homes.
Omusati Regional Governor Sackey Kayone confirmed to New Era yesterday that all their reception centres are empty because those who had been relocated have gone back to their homes.
"We have no pending reception centres. All our people have gone home and …
By Petronella Sibeene
The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) has been overwhelmed by the influx of people in relocation camps even when the floods are subsiding in the Kavango Region.
So far, about 10 000 people are accommodated at the 13 relocation camps set up in the region. Eight of these camps were established only last week in the Mukwe Constituency alone.
According to NRCS National Disaster Management Coordinator, Kingsley Kwenani, there were 9 000 people accommodated at the different relocation camps last week but the number has since grown to 10 000.