"); NewWindow.document.close(); return false; }

National disaster declared
Monday 6 September 2004
Home About PlusNews Country Profiles News Briefs Special Reports Subscribe Archive IRINnews
 

Regions

Africa
East Africa
Great Lakes
Horn of Africa
Southern Africa
·Angola
·Botswana
·Comoros
·Lesotho
·Madagascar
·Malawi
·Mauritus
·Mozambique
·Namibia
·South Africa
·Swaziland
·Zambia
·Zimbabwe
West Africa
RSSyndication
RSS - News Briefs

Features

PlusNews E-mail Subscription
 

SWAZILAND: National disaster declared


[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]


JOHANNESBURG, 23 February (PLUSNEWS) - Swaziland Prime Minister Themba Dlamini has declared a national disaster as a result of the triple threat of drought, poverty and HIV/AIDS.

The combination of AIDS, drought and poverty has created a "serious humanitarian crisis" in the country, he said. "All these have reinforced negative effects that have created a web of extreme vulnerability, reinforced by the collapse of family structures."

The UN World Food Programme's (WFP) emergency co-ordinator in Swaziland, Sarah Laughton, said an estimated one in five people were in need of food aid, and added that WFP was pleased the government had linked the food crisis to HIV/AIDS.

[ENDS]

MORE NEWS BRIEFS


 
Recent SWAZILAND Reports
New survey shows much lower HIV infection among youth,  27/Aug/04
New rapid HIV test makes determining status easier,  23/Aug/04
New radio drama spreads AIDS awareness,  11/Aug/04
Rural health "motivators" could ease professional shortage,  3/Aug/04
Rising HIV/AIDS among truckers will impact on costs,  30/Jul/04
 
PARTNERS

PlusNews is produced under the banner of RHAIN, the Southern African Regional HIV/AIDS Information Network. RHAIN's members currently include:

  • UNAIDS
  • IRIN
  • Inter Press Service (IPS)
  • SAfAIDS
  • PANOS
  • Health Systems Trust
  • Health & Development Networks
  • GTZ/Afronets

[Back] [Home Page]

Click to send any feedback, comments or questions you have about IRIN's Website or if you prefer you can send an Email to

The material contained on this Web site comes to you via IRIN, a UN humanitarian information unit, but may not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post any item on this site, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Quotations or extracts should include attribution to the original sources. All graphics and Images on this site may not be re-produced without the express permission of the original owner. All materials copyright © UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 2004