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02 Mar 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Cholera has been confirmed this week at Chizvirizvi rural health centre in Chiredzi district under Masvingo province, The Zimbabwean can exclusively reveal.

This is the cholera case to be confirmed since 2013.

A health official in Chiredzi told The Zimbabwean that more cases could be reported among members of the family of the infected person and the community at large.

“We recorded a single cholera case this week and more could be reported in the community due to poor water and sanitation facilities in the area,” said the source.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Japan

On 26th February, the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe, H.E. Mr Yoshi Tendai Hiraishi, officially handed over a borehole at Banga Clinic in Shurugwi District. It was one of 13 boreholes that the Embassy of Japan funded through “The Project for Supplying Safe Water in Shurugwi District” implemented by a local NGO, Shurugwi Partners.

27 Feb 2015 description

Maize grain and maize flour are the main foods consumed by all households in Zimbabwe. These food items are both produced locally and imported from neighboring countries particularly in the south western provinces of the country. The markets monitored are the main markets that offer both wholesale and retail supply in the respective regions of the country.

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

26 Feb 2015 description

Cholera Outbreak:

A total of 3,648 cholera cases have been registered in Mozambique in 11 Districts of 4 Provinces, with 38 deaths. On 13 Feb 2015 the first confirmed case of cholera was registered in Malawi, adjacent to Mozambique. To date 34 cases have been confirmed in Nsanje district (all outside displacement sites), with 2 deaths, whilst another 5 cases were confirmed in Mwanza district in Malawi. The first case of cholera in Zimbabwe has been reported with 1 case confirmed in Chiredzi district.This is reportedly the first case in Zimbabwe since 2013.

23 Feb 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

The Lions Club of Harare City recently donated an assortment of clothing and other items to flood victims in Muzarabani.

The donation was made at a Lions Club zones members’ social gathering last week, attended by Parents of Children with Cancer Association and the general public.

22 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zimbabwe faces a wide range of water challenges that can be exacerbated by climate change, from supply shortages to falling groundwater levels.

  • The World Bank Group is working with the government to address climate threats and their implications for water availability by integrating sustainable water development and management into national strategies.

20 Feb 2015 description
report Oxfam
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Management Response

This evaluation is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the livelihoods thematic area. This report documents the findings of a quasi-experimental evaluation carried out in November 2013 that sought to assess the impact of the activities of the Food Security and Livelihood Programme in Zimbabwe. The project’s overall objective was to contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger amongst the poor and vulnerable in Midlands and Masvingo provinces.

20 Feb 2015 description

Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

19 Feb 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Government has received $73 million from the Global Fund to fight malaria over the next two years

The National Malaria Programme Manager, Dr Joseph Mberikunashe, said plans to introduce new malaria drugs for both uncomplicated and severe malaria were underway. Traditionally, the first line treatment is Coartemether tablets for uncomplicated malaria and Quinine injections for severe malaria.

“We are currently training our workers on how to administer the two new drugs,” he said.

19 Feb 2015 description
report Save the Children

I’ve just returned from Zimbabwe, a country that has remained under the radar in recent years but is visibly strained by over a decade of economic hardship. Nowhere was this more visible than in the rural areas I visited as part of my work there and where many people’s everyday lives are a constant uphill struggle.

Budgeting for health

In my first week, I attended a World Health Organization budget advocacy workshop in Harare, which sought to develop the skills of health practitioners to influence the country’s budget allocations for health.

18 Feb 2015 description

Heavy rains fell over saturated areas of southeastern Africa.

Rainfall deficits grow over dry areas in southern Zimbabwe, central/southern Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia.

16 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

The European Union is giving close to $270 million to Zimbabwe, the first direct aid to President Robert Mugabe's government since the bloc imposed sanctions in 2002.

The aid package, unveiled Monday in Harare, will fund health care, agriculture and good governance projects over the next six years.

For years, the EU has funneled aid to Zimbabwe through third party groups because of documented corruption and human rights abuses by Mugabe officials and allies.

16 Feb 2015 description

Due to a late onset of rains in most of the region, continued rainfall is needed until April

Key Messages

13 Feb 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

The shortage of medical doctors has reached alarming levels in Masvingo province. At least five rural districts are operating without a single doctor.

The Provincial Medical Director, Robert Mudyiradima, said some rural service centres were now manned by nurse aids instead of qualified nurses. The province should have 87 doctors but only 51 were available for a population of over 1,5 million people.

13 Feb 2015 description

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.

13 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

11 Feb 2015 description

Tropical Storm Fundi brought torrential rains to Madagascar.

Below-average rains deepen rainfall deficits in Angola and Namibia.

10 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo
09.02.2015 18:54

WASHINGTON DC— The National Aids Council says it is working hard to ensure full access to anti-retroviral drugs for any Zimbabwean who tests HIV positive.

Health Minister Dr. David Parirenyatwa last week said every HIV positive Zimbabwean should have access to life-prolonging treatments from the moment they receive their results.

Currently 725,000 Zimbabweans are on treatment out of an estimated 1, 2 million HIV-positive people.

09 Feb 2015 description

KEY QUESTIONS

  • How did Zambia resolve the Presidential succession question?

  • What were the critical enablers of the peaceful transition and what role did they play?

  • What is the state of such critical enablers in Zimbabwe and can they enable a democratic transition?

  • What needs to be done to strengthen the transitional institutions?

ABSTRACT