Southern Africa: Tropical Cyclone Idai – the Storm That Knew No Boundaries

[The Conversation Africa] Tropical cyclone Idai has made headlines across southern Africa throughout the month of March. Lingering in the Mozambique Channel at tropical cyclone intensity for six days, the storm made landfall in Beira, Mozambique in the middle of the month, then tracked in a westerly direction until its dissipation.

Continue reading

Nigeria: Released Chibok Girls to Receive Psychosocial Support

[Daily Trust] The United Nations Population Fund on Friday said it was on standby to provide psychosocial support for some 21 Chibok schoolgirls released by Boko Haram after two years in captivity. In a statement, the fund said it had readied counsellors to provide urgent support and reproductive health care to the girls who might need it. Since 2014, UNFPA has helped safe delivery of some 87,910 pregnancies in the three states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe most affected by Boko Haram insurgency.

Continue reading

Africa: ‘Ageing Well Must Be Global Priority’, Warns UN Health Agency in New Study

[UN News]The United Nations health agency warned today that as the world population aged 60 or older will jump from some 800 million to 2 billion in the next four decades, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished wellbeing are poised to become a major global public health challenge.

Continue reading

Africa: Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Reinforces Homophobia, Xenophobia, Says Report

[IRIN]Kampala -The needs of male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence living as refugees in Uganda, of whom there are several hundred, are poorly met, with recent legislation against homosexuality making matters worse, according to a new report.

Continue reading