Source: Ministry of Health, Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini |

Coronavirus – Eswatini: COVID-19 Update (31st March 2020)

The country remains with nine confirmed COVID-19 cases of which the index case has tested negative and has been discharged

The Ministry of Health has received a total of 80 COVID-19 results, of which 65 were negative and 15 rejected because they did not meet case definition standards. The country remains with nine confirmed COVID-19 cases of which the index case has tested negative and has been discharged. The Ministry…

Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

COVID-19 Scientific and Public Health Policy Update – (March 24, 2020)

African countries have imposed tighter travel and public health policies such as full border closures

In addition to our weekly brief on the spread of COVID-19 and the actions that Africa CDC is taking to help member states, Africa CDC has begun to share a weekly brief detailing the latest changes in scientific knowledge and public health policy changes, as well as updates to the…

Source: Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) |

Africa - Outbreak Brief #10: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

333,393 cases and 14,508 deaths

Outbreak Update: Globally, a total of 333,393 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases1, and 14,508 (CFR 4%) related deaths have been reported to date. Since the last brief (17 March 2020), 165,803 new COVID-19 cases and 7,900 new deaths have been reported globally. Thirty-five new countries and territories, including 13…

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Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Zimbabwe: African Development Bank Executive Directors conduct consultative mission, tour project sites

The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions

A seven-member delegation of Executive Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) visited Zimbabwe on a week-long fact-finding mission where they held meetings with a number of officials including President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. The delegation also met officials from various ministries, civil society, private sector and multilateral financial institutions, during…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

European Union (EU) boosts assistance to drought-affected people in Lesotho

The EU’s funding comes at a time when over 30 percent of the population across the country is experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the European Union (EU) contribution of €1.5 million (equivalent to about M24 million) in humanitarian support, enabling WFP to expand ongoing emergency drought assistance to an additional 22,100 people on top of the 77,880 people that are already receiving assistance. “The situation…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Completes 2020 Article IV Visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff team, led by Joseph Thornton, visited Maseru from January 29 – February 11, 2020

In a context of policy uncertainty, the weak regional environment has depressed growth below the levels needed to reduce poverty and unemployment; High government spending should be refocused on areas that can have the biggest impact on delivering vital services, protecting the vulnerable, and supporting private sector growth; Reforms should…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

AU Summit: African leaders call for action to end malnutrition by 2025

Leaders acknowledged the scope of the challenge but sounded a note of optimism

African countries have made progress toward eradicating malnutrition and stunting but need to do more to hit United Nations malnutrition targets by 2025. This was the main message of a meeting that took place during the 33rd African Union Summit. Speakers at a meeting of the African Leaders for Nutrition…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

33rd Ordinary Session of the African Union: African Leaders for Nutrition Hosts presidential dinner

Countdown to Tokyo 2020 Nutrition for Growth Summit

What:The African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) presidential dinner in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Nutrition for Growth Summit Who: African Union Commission, African Development Bank, Government of Lesotho            When: 8 February 2020 Where: Skylight Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/), the African Union Commission, along with the government of Lesotho,…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

New study reveals economic toll of malnutrition to the Gambia's economy

Malnutrition rates are in decline and the country is on target to meet the government’s National Development Programme’s nutrition target of reducing stunting to 12.5 percent

The economy of The Gambia is losing 3.96 billion Gambian Dalasi (US$83 million) a year – about 5.1 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study released in Banjul today. The multi-agency Cost of Hunger in Africa…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

Cash transfer schemes reduce the chances of adolescent girls and young women contracting Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Studies from Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi and the United Republic of Tanzania show that cash transfers help young people, especially girls, stay in school longer and do better in their studies

Efforts aimed at redressing gender inequalities and socioeconomic inequities can mitigate factors that fuel the HIV epidemic. In a study in Eswatini, cash transfers aimed at keeping adolescent girls and young women in school and giving them greater financial independence resulted in the odds of the recipients becoming HIV-positive being…