Southern Africa

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die this year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

Zimbabwe on alert over cholera threat

HARARE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste. full report

Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term

NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign? full report

Coaxing the dragon: Why China should join the great aid debate

LONDON, 17 March 2015 (IRIN) - Amid the countless meetings, summits and conferences being held around the world to determine the post-2015 development agenda and the future of humanitarian aid, how much attention is being paid to the growing role of China? Not enough perhaps, but the wariness cuts both ways. James Wan, fellow at the Wits University China-Africa Reporting Project in South Africa, argues it’s time for China to get its hands dirty in the great aid debate. full report

Disaster-prone Madagascar battles flooding and drought

ANTANANARIVO, 5 March 2015 (IRIN) - Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to respond to increasingly severe flooding in the central highlands region of the country that includes the capital, Antananarivo, in addition to a prolonged drought in the south. full report

Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

Dire conditions for Malawi's flood survivors

BANGULA, 6 February 2015 (IRIN) - For those who have lost everything in southern Malawi’s Chikwawa District, just getting the next meal is now the priority. full report

In pictures: Southern Africa floods

NAIROBI, 20 January 2015 (IRIN) - More than a third of Malawi's territory has been affected by flooding, leading to a state of disaster to be declared in many parts of the country. This slideshow offers a glimpse of the devastation. full report

Eyewitness: Malawi’s floods

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - The scale and impact of the current flooding in southern Malawi seems to have caught the authorities by surprise. Some areas were deluged with a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours, and forecasts suggest there is more to come. full report