HARARE — Zimbabwe’s public health sector is in crisis as the government fails to adequately fund it, leaving external donors and foreign countries to chip-in with $147 million support against the state’s meager $53 million allocation for this year.
Despite the external support, the funds are still fall far short of the $303 million the health ministry had requested in the 2015 national budget to effectively run its operations.
Food insecurity expected to worsen in the southern provinces due to limited livelihood options
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
WEDZA, Zimbabwe, 31 August 2015 (IRIN) - Every morning, Josphat Kamwi joins scores of villagers at a muddy dam near Shurugwi in the heart of Zimbabwe’s maize-growing midlands. He drags his converted mosquito nets through the murky water.
Kamwi, 52, is a farmer by trade. But such is the extent of the agricultural crisis in Zimbabwe that he has turned to illegal fishing during the lean season to supplement his meagre food stocks.
“My catch is getting smaller by the day because almost everyone from my village has joined in the fishing,” Kamwi told IRIN.
Author: Andrew Mambondiyani
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Aug 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the eastern highlands of Manicaland province, crudely built wood, mud, and thatch hovels cling perilously to the mountainsides.
When it comes to a vaccine to prevent cholera, one dose may be as good as two. That is the finding of a new study whose authors say the strategy would make a new vaccine that is in short supply go further.
The World Health Organization is stockpiling 2 million doses of a recently licensed oral cholera vaccine to prevent the severe diarrheal illness.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster From December 2014, Zimbabwe experienced continuous heavy rainfall, which led to widespread flooding across the country, with the worst affected provinces including: Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Midlands. According to preliminary assessments, approximately 6,000 people (1,200 households) were affected, of which 2,500 people (500 households) were identified as in urgent need of assistance.
This case study contains a series of mini-reports on the renewable energy access work undertaken by Oxfam and Practical Action in the Ruti and Himalaya communal areas of Zimbabwe. The project, entitled Rural Sustainable Energy Development (RuSED), began in 2011 and will run until January 2016. It is being led and implemented in association with the Ministry of Energy and Power Development and the Rural Electrification Authority of Zimbabwe.
By Tom Clark
LONDON, Aug 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 1.5 million Zimbabweans are predicted to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
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Here are ten things to know to understand the food and nutrition situation in Zimbabwe. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these facts on Twitter.
1) An estimated 1.5 million people – 16 percent of the population – are projected to be food insecure at the peak of the 2015-16 lean season, the period following harvest when food is especially scarce. This represents a 164 percent increase in food insecurity compared to the previous season.
On 19 August the SADC Double Troika reaffirmed the current terms of reference for the SADC Commission of Inquiry into the death of army chief Mahao, stating that the TORs are broad enough to accommodate the issues raised by the Government and opposition parties.
By Elizabeth B. Mupfumira
A motorcycle has just arrived at Chilonga Clinic in Chiredzi District of Masvingo to collect dry blood samples from ten babies who contracted HIV from their mothers, and have been on Anti-retroviral treatment since birth. These dry blood samples are used to determine if these newborns, are still HIV positive.
Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected
The preliminary results of the municipal elections were published by the National Election Independent Committee, with the HVM (the ruling party) winning 60% of municipalities hence the the majority. The TIM (former President Ravalomanana’s party) came second with approximately 17% of municipalities. The MAPAR (former High Transitional Authority President Rajoelina's party) won 10% of municipalities while independent candidates got 13% of municipalities.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2016
Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering services that can reach everyone in need and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Working alongside public health and other systems, community responses are critical to the success and sustainability of the global response to HIV.
Summary of WFP assistance:
Poor Record in Several Member States
(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.
Looking ahead to the next elections, Edward Chinhanhu discusses the prospects for peace and violence in Zimbabwe.
Observers of Zimbabwe have noted three main factors that could lead to violent conflict breaking out in the future. The first of these is the country’s and ruling party’s constitution, which some see as unclear on key issues. The second is on political succession, and the third on the recent split in the ruling party, coupled with an ever-increasing number of opposition parties.
The situation in Zimbabwe