- Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) 2014 Rural Livelihoods Assessment
- Zimbabwe: Waiting for the Future (Africa Briefing N°103)
- FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Update, September 2014
- Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014
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Stability in staple prices improves food access for households in the south
The food security situation continues to be fairly stable as most households are still consuming staple from own production. Few households in low cereal production areas in the southern parts of the country are supplementing their staples with market purchases. The majority of households are experiencing Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1).
Zimbabwe is hosting the African Union World AIDS Day on the first of December in Victoria Falls.
WASHINGTON—AIDS activists say Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North province has become a hive of activities as the government and civic groups prepare for World AIDS Day commemorations.
The event will be held at the resort town next week, amid reports that 62,000 out of 109,000 children living with HIV and AIDS in the country are not receiving any ARV treatment.
By Sam Olukoya
LAGOS, Nigeria, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.
“The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children,” Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth’s Future Savers Initiative, told IPS.
Food security in southern Africa relies upon small-scale agriculture, a sector in which women take the lead. However, smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable people to food insecurity, often lacking the resources and access needed to produce or procure adequate food. The effects of climate change exacerbate their vulnerability, which further compromises the food security of the entire region.
In Zimbabwe, groups of HIV-positive patients, called Community Antiretroviral Treatment Groups (CAGs) support each other by taking turns traveling to the distant nearest clinic to pick up each other's medicines, reducing monthly trips to once a year. The groups also assist each other in other ways, providing peer support and monitoring one another's progress. On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for health providers to adapt to the realities of patients' lives and have community-led approachs to treatment.
WASHINGTON DC— Zimbabwe has launched its revised national guidelines for HIV testing and counseling with special emphasis on couples, children and adolescents as it steps up efforts to halt the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.
Speaking at the launch of the new guidelines Thursday, the Health Ministry’s AIDS and Tuberculosis director, Dr. Owen Mugurungi, said HIV and testing and counseling remain the cornerstone in the fight against AIDS.
HARARE, ZIMBABWE— In some remote Zimbabwean districts, local communities and governments have created "maternity waiting homes" at hospitals, where expecting mothers can stay during the last six weeks of their pregnancies. The homes, built with European Union funding, are aimed at reducing maternal mortality and educating new mothers about how to look after their newborns.
HARARE—Some inhabitants of Mt. Darwin in Mashonaland Central province are complaining that their children are being denied their right to education as authorities are ejecting the students from school for non-payment of fees.
Some villagers including Samuel Sande are not happy that several children have dropped out of school because of their parents’ failure to raise school fees.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
The traditional way of cattle ranching, in which animals are kept as a sign of wealth, is now a thing of the past in the Chilonga communal lands in Chiredzi district.
by Regerai Tukutuku
Sugar milling giant Tongaat Hulett has helped the local community set up a cattle feedlot at a cost of $ 150,000 that is set to transform cattle production in the area.
Rainfall prospects are optimistic for the start of the 2014/15 agricultural season
HARARE/NEW YORK – “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my wife if she was not cooking meat for me, even though I did not give her the money to buy meat.” But since joining Padare, a UNFPA-supported movement of men advocating for gender justice in Zimbabwe, Mr. Kaponda says, “I have made a lot of changes in my life.”
According to the programme coordinator, Chengetai Magadu, the network, established in 2007, links local women farmers and shop owners. In a recent interview Magadu explained that they had engaged fertiliser and seed distribution companies to partner with shopkeepers and help supply the women with inputs and advice.
by Nelson Sibanda
Zimbabweans make up a significant proportion of the over 3 000 children benefiting from educational and life opportunity services offered by a Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Vaccine and Youth Centre in Cape Town.
Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust is calling on Zimbabwean to embrace HIV prevention tools and technologies to avoid being left behind by both the region and the world in the fight against the deadly virus
To help raise awareness about advantages of ongoing HIV prevention research, the NGO plans to hold public informative meetings across the country.
Definite Nhamo, an AVAC fellow with the Trust, said Zimbabweans should expect to hear more about what new information is now available on HIV prevention tools.
WASHINGTON DC— The usually sleepy town of Marondera was Tuesday literally on fire when it was rocked by two separate demonstrations - one that turned violent with protesters looting in the process.
The first protest was led by suspected war veterans, who carried placards denouncing Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairman, Ray Kaukonde.
Kaukonde, who was recently attacked by First Lady Grace Mugabe during her so-called meet the people rallies, was ousted by some members of the party’s executive but later reinstated.