Archive for March 2nd, 2016

02/03/2016

Anti-Retrovirals But No Food

Human Wrongs Watch

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MUTARE, Zimbabwe, 1 March 2016 (IPS) – Silindiwe Moyana, an HIV positive mother of five from Chipinge east of Zimbabwe, cannot hide her anxiety. She was worried she might not survive this year as drought-induced starvation stalks her and her family. The country is in the throes of a devastating drought which has compromised the nutrition of people living with HIV.

Daniel Chirara, a farmer in Vumba, Zimbabwe shows his wilting maize crop as the country suffers a serious drought. Credit:  Andrew Mambondiyani/IPS

Daniel Chirara, a farmer in Vumba, Zimbabwe shows his wilting maize crop as the country suffers a serious drought. Credit: Andrew Mambondiyani/IPS

Experts have linked the current drought to El Nino. It has occurred just when the country is still smarting from the earlier drought that hit the 2014/15 farming season. “We have anti-retroviral drugs but we don’t have food,” Moyana said dejectedly.

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02/03/2016

‘Stand Out and Stand Together,’ Says UN on Zero Discrimination Day

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations agency leading the world’s HIV/AIDS response on 1 March 2016 called on the international community to celebrate individuality, as it observed Zero Discrimination Day, stressing that embracing diversity brings valuable benefits to all societies around the world.

Zero Discrimination Day is an opportunity to join together against discrimination and celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity. Source: UNAIDS

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The theme of this year’s Day is ‘Stand Out,’ and encourages everyone to stand for fair and just societies.

People are being urged to value and embrace diversity and recognize the diverse set of talents and skills that each person brings – talents that enrich society and strengthen communities.

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02/03/2016

African Day of “Home Grown School Feeding”

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations on 1 March 2016 joined the African Union hailing the inaugural ‘Africa Day of School Feeding,’ as part of a key strategy to address the continent’s development challenges through home-grown school meal programs.*

WFP provides daily meals to 219,000 pupils, cooks and teachers in primary schools under the School Meals programme in Madagascar. Photo: WFP/Volana Rarivoson

Celebrating the launch of the Day, the African Union (AU) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted the vital role of school meals in education as the world’s most widely used safety net.

School meals provide critical social support, encouraging more regular attendance at school and contributing to children’s protection in emergencies. \

They are also a key long-term investment in millions of people’s futures, in local economies, and in reducing hunger across the globe.

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