Vulnerable populations in six Southern African countries will likely require humanitarian assistance through mid-2018
FAW infestations reported in at least eight Southern Africa countries
USAID/FFP provides nearly $47 million in additional funding to improve food security throughout the region
The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa.
In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance.
1 Executive summary
This is the evaluation report for Southern African Food Insecurity Project implemented by National Societies of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique. The project was funded by IFRC and various Partner National Societies in the four countries.
UNICEF and partners have screened 233,950 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 7,822 children aged 0-59 months since January 2017.
UNICEF has provided 219,859 children aged 6-59 months with Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) since the beginning of 2017, including 53, 290 children since July 2017.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Between January and March 2017, Zimbabwe experienced severe flooding across 37 districts of the country, which damaged local infrastructure, livelihoods, transportation routes, and homes. The above-average precipitation during this period was exacerbated by the rains brought about by tropical depression “Ex-Dineo”, which caused significant flooding particularly in the southern parts of Zimbabwe.
C. Nicholas Cuneo, Richard Sollom, and Chris Beyrer
20 September 2017, Harare - The United Nations Team in Zimbabwe, in support of national development priorities and in partnership with development partners, reiterates its commitments articulated under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF).
The United Nations, through the ZUNDAF, continues its support in poverty reduction, advancing good governance and gender equality, and enhancing service delivery in education, health, water and sanitation, protection, and food and nutrition security.
The 2017 ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment estimates that 1.1 million people will be food insecure by the first quarter of 2018. All indicators of nutrition and food security have improved in the midst of a 321 percent increase in food crop production compared to last year, although some districts will have high food insecurity projections estimated at 27 percent.
In July, WFP supported 89,585 people in 11 districts under the Productive Asset Creation Programme.
With worsening droughts drying fields and hydropower, solar energy is providing a way forward in rural areas.
By Tonderayi Mukeredzi
MASHABA, Zimbabwe, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems.
The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa. In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people will required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance. Southern Africa continues to experience the follow – on impacts of the El Niño drought and the La Niña floods.
In a major milestone, public heath centres in Harare, Budiriro and Glenview benefitted from the installation of solar systems, thanks to the Solar for Health Initiative of UNDP/Global Fund targeting 154 public health facilities across the country. The Solar For Health Initiative supports governments to increase access to quality health services through the installation of solar energy photo-voltaic systems (PV), ensuring constant and cost-eﬀective access to electricity, while also mitigating the impact of climate change and advancing multiple Sustainable Development Goals.
Safeguard young people programe (2014-2016)
Addressing the urgent needs of youth across Southern Africa
Africa’s youth population is growing rapidly, bringing immense opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. Yet, they face many risks as they navigate adolescence – unemployment, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and genderbased violence. The life skills that many youth lack mean they are unable to negotiate healthy, equitable relationships to plan their families and their futures.
UNICEF and partners have provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 250 children aged 0-59 months and 5,088 children aged 6-59 months during the period January to June 2017.
A total of 54,252 caregivers have been reached with key messages on Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
219,859 children 6-59 months have been provided with Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS).
WFP supports the Government of Zimbabwe to develop a Home Grown School Feeding strategy for the country.
Productive Assets Creation programme scaled up from 7 districts in 2016, to 11 in 2017.
As part of the 3-pronged approach to resilience building, WFP expanded its Seasonal Livelihood Programming to Matobo District, bringing the total number of Districts covered to 13.
Chimanimani district in Manicaland Province to the east of Zimbabwe is a very mountainous region with abundant avocado and banana farms. While these mountains provide some breathtaking views of the landscape, for Village Health Worker Erisi Muchini, it means having to sometimes walk for hours uphill from one house visit to another within her catchment area of Ward 21 in Muchini Village.
UNICEF in partnership with Plan International, handed over 195 Android tablets to the Ministry of Health and Child Care to strengthen the Near Real Time Monitoring system for nutrition activities around Zimbabwe.
In response to a severe drought associated with the 2015/16 El Niño episode, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal in July 2016 for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.
USD 29.6 million is urgently required for WFP to implement its activities in the country through December 2017.
The Productive Assets Creation programme commences in May, amid resourcing shortfalls.
Refugee inflow at Tongogara Camp continues to increase on a monthly basis, despite the suspension (due to resource constraints) of the relocation of refugees at border with Mozambique.
WFP supports the 2017 Rural Livelihood Assessment led by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee.
In 2016, in an effort to further the global understanding of adolescent girls’ rights, Plan International commissioned and undertook a three-country study (in Nicaragua, Zimbabwe and Pakistan) on a set of themes related to the SDGs.
Following the impact of TD Ex-Dineo, IFRC launched a DREF for CHF 108,204 on 22 February 2017 to support the NS to an initial rapid needs assessment, deliver relief supplies to the affected population, and replenish Zimbabwe Red Cross Society stock. An Emergency Needs Assessment (ENA) was conducted in five provinces and ascertained the extent of the damage and related needs.