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Poor response to AIDS, food and drought crisis
Monday 6 September 2004
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NAMIBIA: Poor response to AIDS, food and drought crisis

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JOHANNESBURG, 6 May (PLUSNEWS) - Aid appeals by Namibia to help some 600,000 women and children survive the combined effects of HIV/AIDS, severe poverty and erratic weather have fallen flat.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF, the UN children's agency, recently launched an appeal for US $5.8 million to help authorities tackle the crisis, but donor governments have failed to respond.

Abdirahman Meygag, who heads the WFP in Namibia, expressed disappointment at the lack of support, as the appeal sought to assist those with no other means of supporting themselves.

Meygag told the UN news service PlusNews that these people were "already faced with consecutive poor harvests and high rates of HIV, [but] the recent floods have made the situation desperate and urgent".



Recent NAMIBIA Reports
Orphan crisis a disaster greater than floods/drought,  4/May/04
Lack of funds deepens the plight of orphans,  29/Apr/04
Namibia rolls out third National AIDS plan,  19/Apr/04
UN agencies launch emergency appeal,  10/Mar/04
PWAs hopeful about treatment programme,  10/Dec/03
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
Youth against AIDS

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