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SADC’s regional situation update on El Niño-induced drought

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is affecting livelihoods and the lives especially for women, children and the elderly in the region.

Please find the link for SADC’s regional situation update on El Niño-induced drought for your information and distribution to your networks.

Call for Flagship Project Proposals – NEPAD SANBio

Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (NEPAD-SANBio) has launched an open call for funding of flagship projects in the SADC region.


Up to ZAR 4.5 million will be disbursed per Flagship project.

Applications for the Flagship Project Grants should be in line with the following priority areas:

Human health:
  • Diagnostics, e.g. point-of-care or surveillance
  • Food safety
  • E-health/M-health
  • Genomics, e.g. host-pathogen interactions
  • Food drug interactions (relevant tools/services and not studies)
  • Herb drug interactions (relevant tools/services and not studies)
  • Food allergies (relevant tools/services and not studies)


It is widely recognises stunted growth is one of the key challenges in Africa and particularly the SADC region. In addition, Anaemia is a major problem for children under 5 and pregnant women. As such, solutions proposed in the impact area of nutrition should include alternative sources of protein, micronutrients and carbohydrates, e.g. promotion on nutrient-rich foods targeting women and children. The main thematic areas in nutrition that concept notes of applicants should cover include:
  • Food handling and processing, e.g. improved handling and storage, technologies to ensure availability throughout the year
  • Value addition of indigenous foods and neglected foods – nutritional value of indigenous & neglected foods e.g. vegetables integrated into food
  • Food and drink industry in providing healthy and safe products

Health-related Agriculture issues:

  • Animal health (therapeutics and diagnostics)
  • Aquaculture (fish farming technologies)
More information, application guidelines and the necessary forms can be found on our website at

Position Announcement: GWPSA REGIONAL EXECUTIVE SECRETARY (RES). Closing date & time: 25 th April 2016 (12.00/noon South African time)



Purpose: To develop, fund raise for, promote, manage and oversee implementation of GWPSA strategies and programmes (regional and continental), as well as develop and nurture political and programmatic relationships with key institutions and GWP Partners, for meaningful and effective delivery of the programmes. To ensure effective governance of GWPSA by adhering to the network and institution’s policy instruments (through the GWPSA Board) and to support the strengthening of Country Water Partnerships on programme development, governance, network operations, communication and knowledge management.

Closing date & time: 25 th April 2016 (12.00/noon South African time). Late applications will not be considered.

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South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal Announces Water Restrictions

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality has implemented a 15% water restriction, it said on Thursday.

Municipal spokesperson Mbali Ndlovu said Umgeni Water which supplies potable water to eThekwini Metro, uMgungundlovu District, Ugu District, ILembe District and Msunduzi Local Municipality, has been tasked with ensuring that the restriction is implemented.

“A phased programme of installing inlet restrictors to households throughout the district will commence mid-March 2016,” said Ndlovu.

The municipality said on average the water consumption in the district was over 42.2 mega litres a day and the district must reduce it to at least 35.88 mega litres.

Implementing restrictors will save over 12.48 mega litres per day, said Ndlovu.

Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee said implementing restrictions would further avert water shortages.

“We continue to request on all district residents and stakeholders to explore water harvesting practices,” said Bhamjee.

He warned defaulters, especially businesses, that they will be disconnected and fined for non-payment of water services.

Source: News24

 South Africa

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Gambia: UNDP Donates Equipment Worth U.S.$3 Million to Water Resources

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday handed over equipment and other logistics worth US$ 3million to the Department of Water Resource through the Ministry of Environment.

The equipment, which includes two boats, vehicles and IT equipment, is meant for the Early Warning Phase II Project. The deputy UNDP Resident Representative presented them to The Gambia during a presentation ceremony held at the Department of Water Resources in Banjul.

According to officials, these items are for use by various Divisions as part of the strengthening climate change services and early warning systems in The Gambia for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change-2nd phase of the GOTG/GEF/UNEP LDCF NAPA Early Warning Project.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Hon. Pa Ousman Jarju expressed appreciation to the UNDP, GEF, and UNEP not only for their current assistance but also for the support that they have always provided to our country over the years.

He told the gathering that UNDP is supporting the implementation of activities under Outcome 2. According to him, the support by UNDP is to ensure that a Hydro-meteorological infrastructure is upgraded or installed and maintained covering the full needs for ‘optimal performance of EWS’ as identified by recent needs assessment reports in The Gambia. “The UNDP support would also cover the project management cost of the midterm and final evaluation to the tune of US$3 million,”

The boats handed over today, Minister Jarju averred would go a long way in assisting the Hydrology and Water Quality Divisions under DWR to better monitor the quality and quantity of water available in the River Gambia and its tributaries. He added that the boats would enable the monitoring of the movement of the saline front in the River Gambia.

He revealed that as part of the UNDP component under this project, a new hydrological station would be constructed in Bansang with accommodation and office to house the Hydrology Division of the Department of Water Resources. He further revealed that the vehicle and some other equipment would be stationed at the new station in Bansang to provide mobility and IT support for the technical staff, and enable them carry out duties.

“One of the problems that this project seeks to address is that rural populations and major settlements in the rural areas are severely exposed to climate variability, extreme climate events and erratic rainfall regimes.”

He further challenged the DWR to make best use of the opportunity provided by government and provide accurate and reliable climate information and hydrological services because government together with its development partners have provided the tools and means to carry out their duties and in turn, they expect to reciprocate in generating and disseminating accurate early warning information.

For his part, Fernando Abaga Edjang, the deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP expressed delight for the partnership between the UNDP and The Gambia Government without which, he added, this would not have been achieved. “This intervention will not be the end of our partnership because the project is going up to 2018,” he stated.

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Tanzania: Water Supply to Villagers Now Encouraging

Kagera — Almost 58 per cent of the 2,458,023 Kagera residents in rural areas access clean and safe water, the Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr John Mongela has disclosed.

According to Mr Mongela, in Muleba District 329,589 people access clean and safe water, equivalent to 61 per cent of the population. In Bukoba Rural District 170,921 residents access clean water an equivalent of 59 per cent whereas in Biharamulo District 177,917 people access clean and safe water approximately 55 per cent.

In Ngara District 227,239 people access clean water an equivalent of 71 per cent while in Bukoba Municipality 75,989 people access clean water equivalent to 59 per cent of the population. In Karagwe district 319,992 people access clean water about 49 per cent while in Misenyi District 95,237 residents access clean and safe water approximately 47 per cent.

Ten villages in Karagwe District have been selected to be covered under the Water Sector Development Programme (WSDP). They include; Nyaishozi, Kibingo, Chanika, Chamchuzi, Chabuhora, Kayungu, Nyakakika, Kigorogoro, Rwabikagati and Iteera. In Biharamulo District selected villages includes; Mabare, Mihongora, Kagondo, Bisibo, Nyantakara, Katoke, Kasato, Nyabusozi, Kasozibakaya and Nyakanazi.

In Ngara District selected villages includes; Rulenge, Ngundusi, Munjebwe, Muhweza, Murugarama, Muruvyagira, Rwinyana, Kanazi/ Kabalenzi, Mukibogoye, Mbuba, Mukubu and Kumubuga.

In Bukoba Rural selected villages includes; Mashule, Kyamulaire, Kitahya, Kibona, Itongo, Lukindo, Katare, Kibirizi and Bituntu. In Muleba District the villages includes; Kyota, Kabare, Katembe, Kangaza, Kishoju, Katoke, Iroba, Kinagi and Karutanga.

In Misenyi District, the villages includes; Kilimilire, Ruzinga, Kakunyu, Bwoki, Rubale, Kenyana, Kibeho, Igurugati and Rukurungo. In Bukoba Municipal Council the villages include Kagondo, Ijuganyondo, Bunkango, Rwazi, Bushaga, Bulibata, Ihyoro, Kyamyosi, Kibeta and Kitendaguro.

Completion of a water project being implemented by the Bukoba Water and Sewerage Authority (BUWASA), will increase water availability from the current 8.2 million litres to 11.2 million litres.

BUWASA Executive Director, Engineer Chaggaka Kalimbia said the project was being co-funded by the French government through its International Development Agency (AFD), in collaboration with the Tanzania government and was being implemented by TECHNOFAB Company from India to cost 27.5bn upon completion.

Upon completion of the project, over 87,000 people an equivalent of 43.5 per cent of the 200,000 residents in Bukoba Municipality will be supplied with regular water from two storage tanks located at Kashura and Magoti with capacity of 3,700,000 cubic litres.

This will increase water availability from the current 8.2million litres to 11.2 million litres including four Wards namely; Kagondo, Kahororo, Nyanga and Buhembe,. BUWASA increased revenue collections from 814.1m during 2010/2011 to 1.1bn during 2012/13. Over 7,000 customers were being served by BUWASA out of whom 5,000 were connected with water meters while the remaining 2,000 were not.

Over 75 per cent of 200,000 Bukoba Municipal residents depend on BUWASA for their daily water supply. The problem of frequent water shortages would be solved upon completion of a modern water project at Bunena. Residents of Kibeta, Kitendaguro, Rwamishenye, Hamugembe and Ijuganyongo Wards who were getting water on ration basis, will also get regular water supply.

According to Engineer Kalimbia, BUWASA had 80.5 km water pipeline, but 30 km were in a very poor condition due to old age. “Due to dilapidated water pipes which were laid over 60 years ago, almost 30 per cent of the water was Unaccounted For (UF), mainly due to leakages.

The Water Utility had a capacity to produce an average of 6.4 million litres of water daily, being almost 91 per cent of the 7.5 million litres demand for over 200,000 Bukoba Municipal residents.

Ongoing projects includes rehabilitation of 69km pipeline, construction of a sludge digester, construction of two water tanks with capacity of 3.7 million litres each and construction of a rapid sand filtration.

Last year, retired President Jakaya Kikwete toured Kagera Region where he laid a foundation stone at Ihako water project in Muleba District which was co-funded by the UN Habitat and Tanzania government.

The project estimated to cost over 2.6bn upon completion would supply water to over 29,000 people in Muleba Urban, Bwata, Kamishango, Kabare and Katanga villages. President Kikwete also inaugurated 680,000 liters capacity tank that would supply water to the villages.

The former Minister for Water, Professor Jumanne Magh’embe, revealed that almost 58 per cent of the 2,458,023 Kagera residents in rural areas will access clean and safe water.

Residents in five villages in Bukoba Rural District who faced water blues for a long time will soon access clean and safe water following completion of water project. Bukoba District Water Engineer, Alex Kijigo, named the villages to include; Kyamulaile, Mashele, Kitahya, Kibona and Itongo.

The project estimated to cost a total of 2.81bn upon completion was being implemented in three phases. Phase one involved two villages namely Kyamulaile and Mashele where implementation had reached 100 per cent.

Phase two involved three villages namely Kitahya, Kibona and Itongo, where implementation stood at 50 per cent. Phase three would cover five villages, namely; Kibirizi, Bituntu, Ibwera, Lukindo and Katare.

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Ethiopia: Project to Benefit Over 32,000 People

The non-governmental humanitarian organization Glimmer of Hope announced the transfer of various development projects with over 21 million Birr in Leaelay and Tahtay Maichew Districts, Central Zone of Tigray State.

According to Organization press release sent to The Ethiopian Herald yesterday, the Integrated Community Development Programme would benefit over 32, 000 people living in ten stations of the districts and be implemented in health, water supply, sanitation, hygiene, education, sanitation and livelihood.

At the handing over ceremony held recently, Glimmer of Hope Country Director Gebrehiwot Abebe said that the project would serve the community sustainably provided that due care and maintenance is given assigning human power and allocating budget.

He also said that much is expected from the community in protecting the facilities and making the maximum benefit.

The project includes eight newly constructed and furnished academic blocks with four classrooms each, pre-delivery waiting room, administrative building and four libraries, among others. The project would serve 5,759 students and over 24,000 in health service.

It would enable 1,950 people get access to clean water and also offer training to teachers of 60 WASH committee members drawn from schools and the community.

Glimmer of Hope has funded over 10,000 projects across the country for the last 15 years benefiting over five million people get access to clean water, sanitation service, primary and secondary education, micro-finance and primary health care.

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Gambia: Water Shortage Remains a Challenge in Bundung

The perennial low volume of water supply in Bundung is increasingly becoming a problem to the residents, The Point newspaper can report.

Access to pipe borne water in the community has become a great challenge for the people as the taps hardly have water when it is needed most.

Residents of compounds without tap are feeling the larger brunt for they have to be regularly monitoring the street taps or leave all their household chores to queue at the taps so that anytime water is available they can have.

Jankey Ceesay, a mother of five children, said she finds it hard to prepare her kids to school on time due to “the recurring lack of water supply”.

“I now force my children to take bath with cold water [water that was stored since the previous night] in the morning because hardly is water available at the taps in the morning,” she lamented.

According to Jankey, sometimes even water for cooking is a problem because “water from some wells is not healthy for cooking” so they only rely on the taps to get clean water for cooking and drinking.

She pointed out that it is very strange to have running water from the taps during the day.”That is very rare now,” she emphasised.

Isatou Jaffuneh, a-19-year-old girl, said since her childhood days, water has been an issue in Bundung.

“We hardly have access to water during the day,” she said, adding that the lack of water affects her through delay in doing household chores like laundry and preparation of food.

“I always go to bed at 2a.m. because the tap normally opens at around 1a.m. or thereafter and I have to fetch water before going to bed,” she said.”This has been affecting my studies because I find it difficult to concentrate in class due to the fact that I am always sleepy.”

For Muhtarr Jawo, a-27-year-old shopkeeper at Bundung, the community needs running water 24/7 like any other community because “without water, life becomes very difficult”.

“As it is now, we have to wait until late night to be able to fetch our gallons because if you missed that time, it means no water for you till the following the day,” he bemoaned.

“We want to know what the problem is, why are we not having normal running water: is it the fault of Nawec? Is there shortage of boreholes, or are customers not paying the debt owed to Nawec?” the shopkeeper inquired.”This water shortage is very unfair to us living in Bundung.”


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Uganda: Promote Sanitation, Behavioural Change in Campaign Messages


As political campaigns gather momentum at different levels in the country, we have heard candidates make promises on what they intend to do for the electorate. This is a good measure that gives citizens an opportunity to vote candidates who will deliver services they need most.

Following the campaign promises by most of the candidates, one can say that they have wonderful promises such as roads, industries for job creation, water improving hospitals, overhauling the education system, cutting taxes, improving agriculture, increasing salaries for civil servants, peace and security among others.

Definitely, some of these are good promises and indeed, if implemented, would benefit our citizens.

However, the campaigns and such good promises are being made at a time when we are experiencing a calamity of climate change with some districts experiencing flooding and sanitation-related diseases such as cholera.

Cholera, dysentery, Hepatitis B and a chain of others are preventable diseases caused by taking water contaminated by faecal matter as a result of poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

The right to sanitation is an essential component of the right to an adequate standard of living, inextricably linked to the highest attainable standard of health, and integrally related to the human right to water.

Some candidates have sanitation in their manifestos but we don’t hear them talking sanitation at rallies; they should be examples to their electorate.

Uganda loses an estimated Shs389 annually due to poor sanitation in terms of economic impact as a result of sanitation diseases rendering the affected people unproductive. With sanitation coverage at 77 per cent, the challenge here is not the availability of latrines par se but the changing peoples’ behaviours to make them appreciate use of latrines, the dangers of open defecation and of not washing hands with soap after latrine use.

This is where our candidates at all levels come in handy; let us hear behaviour change messages on sanitation embedded in campaigns.

At rallies, talk about the dangers of open defecation, the importance of hand-washing and of having a latrine. These messages should be aired on radio and television campaign messages.

Candidates can also seek the help of experts to demonstrate hand-washing with soap at rallies because a big number of people actually don’t know how to wash hands; they wet their hands thinking they are washing them.

People who walk kilometres to come and listen to candidates’ messages will surely take and implement some of what they are told.

The Ministry of Health plays its part by applying the integrated disease surveillance and response to manage occurrences of diseases.

The ministry provides drug supplies to all the affected districts during disease outbreaks, which enhances the provision of adequate drug dosage to affected people hence bringing down the mortality in the affected districts. Additionally, the ministry undertakes behavioural change interventions through community sensitisation, which has yielded positive results in terms of disease prevention.

However, sanitation has local cultural beliefs and taboos around it that are hard to change. Solving this problem isn’t as simple as building more toilets and latrines par se.

It requires combined efforts of all stakeholders to relay messages that are culturally appropriate, environmentally sound, and attentive to gender where candidates can play a critical role

Therefore, political candidates should use the opportunity of the large crowds their rallies attract and talk about sanitation in their areas. This will make them more relevant and responsible to the electorate, contribute to the ministry’s efforts of achieving open defecation-free communities in the country and ultimately a healthy population.

The author is a communication and learning specialist, Ministry of Health.

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Polokwane experiencing severe water shortage – municipality

Johannesburg – Most of the reservoirs in Polokwane,
Limpopo are empty and the water levels at the remaining few are running
critically low, the municipality said on Saturday.

“The shortage is caused by rapid increase in
consumption during the heat wave,” spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene said.

Since the early hours of Saturday morning the Lepelle Northern
Water’s Ebenezer plant was not fully operational due to an electrical fault in
the Tzaneen area, which also contributed to the shortage, Chuene said.

“The fault was fixed and the plant is being
restarted. It will, however, take some time for reservoirs to fill up enough
water for normal supply to resume in all affected areas.”

Chuene advised residents to limit their water usage for
immediate household needs to avoid a further decline in its availability.

The affected areas included Flora Park, Serala View, Ster
Park, Bendor and parts of Seshego, Chuene said. Water tankers were being
deployed to the affected areas.

Those who had access to transport could also make use of
the water treatment plants at Dalmada, along the R71 to Mankweng and Seshego
Zone 4, between 06:00 and 22:00 daily, Chuene said.

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