Last month, Cyclone Idai devastated southeastern African nations of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The World Bank has estimated more than $2 billion will be needed for recovery. Mozambique's $337 million humanitarian response plan, largely made up of an appeal for $281 million after the cyclone hit, was only 23% funded as of April 15, 2019.
The LGBTQ community isn’t acknowledged in Zambia because the law doesn’t allow for its existence, so people who struggle with mental health issues often can’t find the care they need. Some grassroots organizations are working to help LGBTQ people, but they often operate in secret.
The water crisis in Cape Town, South Africa is easing a bit, but the city and many of its businesses and institutions are forging ahead with expensive efforts to increase supply, including private desalination plants.
Water-starved cities around the world are starting to turn to a once-unpalatable solution: recycling their sewage. And they have a surprising pioneer to thank for developing the technology — the southern African desert country of Namibia.
The current drought in southern Africa is the worst in decades, and likely a harbinger of things to come as the region warms up and dries out as its climate changes. The drought is having real impact on one resident in a Pretoria township, and what governments in the region can do to help prepare for a hotter and drier future.
In Swaziland, the strained relationship between religious leaders and public health officials is improving, if slightly. The two groups are trying to work together more as the country battles an HIV infection rate among adults that may be as high as 25 percent.