UN officials call for more action as southern African crisis enters 'acute phase'

With an unprecedented crisis "triple threat" stalking southern Africa – HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and a massively depleted skilled labour force – senior United Nations relief officials today called for the world to refocus its attention on the chronic problems and humanitarian needs of millions of desperate people in the region.

UN envoy's tour refocuses attention on drought, HIV/AIDS in southern Africa

The United Nations special envoy for southern Africa arrived in Zambia today, his first stop in an 11-day, four-nation tour to refocus attention on the severe problems of the region intensified by drought and HIV/AIDS.

UN agency appeals for $78 million to feed 2 million in southern Africa next year

The United Nations emergency feeding agency today launched a $78 million appeal to provide aid early next year to almost 2 million people in three southern African countries facing food shortages caused by poor harvests.

HIV and hunger spell 'death spiral' for southern Africa - UN relief official

A "death spiral" of HIV and food insecurity is depleting public services and debilitating southern Africa, a United Nations relief official said today.

UN humanitarian envoy begins weeklong visit to southern Africa in Malawi

The United Nations Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa is in Malawi today for the first leg of a weeklong mission to review achievements in the region over the last three years and take stock of its future aid requirements.

Funds needed to avert disaster for millions of Southern African children - UN

Millions of children across Southern Africa are at risk because of a lack of international funds and support, eight United Nations agencies warned today as they launched a mid-term review of their financial appeal for the region.

Millions in southern African face 'severe hunger', UN food agency warns

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that funding for its operations in southern Africa are at less than half of what is needed and unless donations pick up some 6.5 million people will face "severe hunger."

Calling crisis ‘incredibly serious,’ UN seeks urgent food aid for southern Africa

Declaring the situation “incredibly serious," the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions of people in southern Africa will face massive food shortages as early as next month due to major funding shortfalls, particularly in Zimbabwe and Mozambique where food needs are greatest.

UN launches $530 million appeal to save 6.5 million people in southern Africa

The United Nations today launched an appeal for more than half a billion dollars for southern Africa to provide life-saving assistance for 6.5 million people severely weakened by consecutive failed harvests, extreme poverty and HIV/AIDS.

Southern Africa still requires substantial food aid – UN reports

In what they called a “stark finding,” two United Nations agencies reported today that Southern Africa still requires substantial food aid despite producing more than during last year's severe food crisis.