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Action against HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018

Faced with an alarming prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Southern African prisons, the SDC has undertaken to reform the prison healthcare system in Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Help is being provided to the relevant authorities in the implementation of set standards of care. The prison staff are being trained. Funding is also being provided for new infrastructure projects targeted specifically at women and young prisoners.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Health
Sexually transmitted diseases incl. HIV/AIDS
Sexual and reproductive health (including mother and child health, family planning)
Communicable diseases
POPULATION POLICIES/PROGRAMMES AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
POPULATION POLICIES/PROGRAMMES AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
HEALTH
STD control including HIV/AIDS
Reproductive health care
Infectious disease control

01.08.2015 - 30.09.2018


CHF 3'734'300



Local farmers meet the private sector

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017

In northern Mozambique, the SDC connects farmers and various private sector enterprises to stimulate agricultural production and combat poverty. Supplying farmers with good-quality seeds is essential.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mozambique
Economy and Employment
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agriculture value-chain development
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development
AGRICULTURE
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
INDUSTRY
Agricultural development
Rural development
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development

01.01.2014 - 31.12.2017


CHF 7'930'000



Project completed

Enabling AIDS orphans to think of their future

01.05.2012 - 31.12.2015

The region of southern Africa holds the sad record of housing the largest number of orphans in the world. Together with armed conflicts and poverty, HIV/AIDS – which can wipe out entire generations –has a major impact on the living conditions and psychological and social wellbeing of children in this part of the world. Deprivation, abuse, early and forced marriages, having to take care of siblings or sick parents, are all part of daily life here. Since 2002, a regional initiative aimed at providing psycho-social support has been trying to provide these children with hope and self-confidence.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Education
Sexually transmitted diseases incl. HIV/AIDS
Primary health care
Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)
POPULATION POLICIES/PROGRAMMES AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
HEALTH
EDUCATION
STD control including HIV/AIDS
Basic health care
Basic life skills for youth and adults

01.05.2012 - 31.12.2015


CHF 4'875'000



Project completed

Maize initiative in Southern Africa

01.01.2011 - 30.09.2015

The "New Seed Initiative for Maize in Southern Africa" (NSIMA) was launched for the purpose of conducting research into drought-tolerant maize varieties that can generate bigger harvests than conventional varieties, even in less fertile soil. The ultimate aim is to achieve greater food security. At the same time, NSIMA activities involve cooperation with government and private-sector stakeholders in the maize sector to encourage seed production and trade (also for small-scale producers).

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Agriculture and Food Security
Agricultural research and innovation systems
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
AGRICULTURE
AGRICULTURE
Agricultural research
Agricultural development

01.01.2011 - 30.09.2015


CHF 2'920'000



Project completed

Ensuring food security for smallholder farmers with microinsurance and microcredit

An instructor talks amidst a group of farmers standing in a circle

01.01.2011 - 30.06.2017

Climate change has a heavy impact on food security for smallholder farmers in Zambia and Malawi. A project combining microinsurance, microfinance and measures for disaster prevention aims at strengthening their capacity to adapt. Promising results have already been seen in Ethiopia and Senegal. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Southern African Development Community (SADC)
Agricultural production (incl. management of natural resources)
Agricultural research and innovation systems
Agriculture value-chain development
Agricultural research and innovation systems
AGRICULTURE
AGRICULTURE
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
AGRICULTURE
Agricultural development
Agricultural research
Rural development
Agricultural research

01.01.2011 - 30.06.2017


CHF 6'685'000



Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV in prisons

01.10.2018 - 31.07.2024

Prisoners are a high-risk group when it comes to HIV and other communicable diseases. Nonetheless, little attention has been paid so far to address the need for HIV and AIDS and other health services in prisons. The project will improve HIV and health services for prisoners, including young women and men in seven countries of Southern Africa. At regional level, it will address policy issues that are adversely affecting the prison conditions and the rights of prisoners in the context of health and nutrition.


Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA)

01.08.2017 - 31.07.2021

The project supports the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its Member States in reducing vulnerability of households to disaster risks by increasing their preparedness for response and recovery and in strengthening their resilience. This will be achieved through institutionalising and sustaining vulnerability assessments and analyses systems that enhance emergency and developmental responses at national and regional levels.


Rural Resilience in Southern Africa / R4 Initiative

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2021

The project builds resilience of smallholder farmer households in three countries in Southern Africa (Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe) by enabling their adaptation to climate risk through a community oriented and market based risk management comprehensive approach. The initiative combines improved resource management (risk reduction), insurance (risk transfer), livelihoods diversification and microcredit (prudent risk taking) and savings (risk reserves). The combined interventions are carefully adapted to each country context.


Health Promotion Cabo Delgado

01.04.2017 - 31.12.2020

Switzerland contributed to health promotion in Cabo Delgado Province in Northern Mozambique by supporting the retention of health promotion workers, strengthening community involvement and the public finance management. Phase 2 of the project builds up on this and newly address Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in order to improve access and quality in the provision of health and WASH services targeting the 23 rural health posts in  three districts of the Province that are serving a total population of 570’000 people.


Safeguard Young People (SYP) – Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

01.02.2017 - 31.12.2019

The UNFPA Safeguard Young People programme (SYP) will contribute to the reduction of HIV infections and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights status of young women and men aged 10 to 24 in eight Southern African countries: Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho. UNFPA will scale up SRHR/HIV prevention models and youth friendly health services (YFHS) in order to equip young people with knowledge, skills and values to protect themselves and capacitate member states to improve the legislative environment to address young people’s health issues.


HortiSempre 2

02.01.2017 - 31.12.2020

Switzerland’s introduction of market focused and innovative solutions in horticulture, contributed to the growth of the sector in Northern Mozambique by improving productivity and de-seasonalization of production. Phase 2 of the project will consolidate and scale-up on these achievements in order to increase the annual income for 25’000 poor women and men producers. The introduction of beans and cassava will enhance the resilience against weather shocks and disasters.


Health System Strengthening Support Program 2017-2019

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2019

With its contribution to the health common fund (PROSAUDE) Switzerland supports the Government of Mozambique, in particular local governments, to accelerate equitable access to primary health services for women, children and people living in rural areas. As chair of the health common fund, Switzerland will advocate increased domestic funding and decentralization in order to foster sustainable and equitable health financing.

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