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Zimbabwe + 1 other
Expecting mothers get lifeline

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The Zimbabwean

For decades, heavily pregnant women in this mining area have been walking for more than 20km to seek health care, while others have been forced to deliver their babies at home.

But they have been given a lifeline in the form of a mothers’ waiting shelter constructed at one of the clinics by a local Non-Governmental Organisation, Women’s International Coalition (WICO).

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HIV positive students suffer discrimination

Report
The Zimbabwean

Despite years of hard work by government agencies, NGOs and community groups, youths living with HIV and Aids are still stigmatised at school and in their communities.

HIV positive youths who spoke to The Zimbabwean strictly on condition of anonymity said stigma and discrimination continue to prevent them from accessing readily available HIV and Aids support services.

An HIV positive girl studying at the Midlands State University (MSU) said stigmatisation has become rife at the university where she said HIV positive students were mocked and given nicknames.

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2015

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Madagascar + 21 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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World + 34 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief August 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 External needs in FEB. ?

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Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement

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IRIN

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) 2014 Rural Livelihoods Assessment

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) conducted the annual Rural Livelihoods Assessment (RLA) number 13. The assessment is part of a comprehensive information system that informs Government and its Development Partners on programming necessary for saving lives and strengthening rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe. ZimVAC is the central pillar around which the Food and Nutrition Council (FNC) plans to build its strategy to fulfil Commitment number 6 of the Government of Zimbabwe’ s Food and Nutrition Security Policy (FNSP) and monitor the implementation of the ZimASSET.

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Schools to Seize Parents' Property for Failing to Pay Fees

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Voice of America

Chris Gande, Jonga Kandemiiri 09.09.2014 17:54

WASHINGTON DC—
Schools opened Tuesday amid reports that some headmasters have engaged the services of debt collectors to recover fees and levies owed from last term.

In rural areas some school heads were said to be using kraal heads and chiefs to demand livestock as payment for outstanding fees owed by parents.

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No Deaths Recorded in 2014 Zimbabwe Circumcision Ceremonies

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Voice of America

Gibbs Dube

WASHINGTON DC— Some traditionalists say no deaths were recorded in the just-ended circumcision ceremonies in Zimbabwe as at least 10 boys bled to death in similar initiation schools in South Africa.

They say the country’s initiation schools in Mbembesi and some parts of Chipinge are run by highly trained people unlike in South Africa where some initiation schools are being conducted for business purposes.

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Expectant Mothers' Shelter Set to Eliminate Maternal Deaths

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Voice of America

Taurai Shava

GWERU, MIDLANDS — Villagers in Shurugwi South say the opening of a home for expectant mothers at the biggest clinic in the area will help local pregnant women to have easier access to the health facility.

Some of the villagers who spoke to Studio 7 said the opening of the waiting mothers' shelter at Zvamavande Clinic in Shurugwi South would help reduce maternal deaths as more women would be able to deliver at the clinic rather than at their rural homes.

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Displaced Zimbabwe Villagers Taking Police to Court

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Voice of America

VOA Staff

WASHINGTON DC— Reports say police are harassing displaced Chingwizi villagers, who were recently allocated plots at Nuanetsi Ranch, after they were stranded at a temporary shelter in Masvingo province due to lack of funds.

Attorney Kennedy Masiye of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says the situation may get out of hand if it is not stopped as the villagers feel that the police are overstepping their authority.

Some of the villagers claim that the police are terrorizing them at their new home.

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World + 30 others
Cachée sous nos yeux : Une analyse statistique de la violence envers les enfants

De nouvelles données recueillies au niveau mondial mettent en évidence la prévalence de la violence envers les enfants, déclare l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 septembre 2014 – La plus importante collecte de données jamais effectuée sur la violence envers les enfants révèle l’ampleur stupéfiante des sévices physiques, sexuels et psychologiques qu’ils subissent et met en évidence les attitudes qui perpétuent et justifient cette violence, véritablement « cachée sous nos yeux » dans chaque pays et communauté du monde.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Malaria Bounces Back as Anopheles Mosquito Resurfaces

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Voice of America

Arthur Chigoriwa

02.09.2014 19:52

CHINHOYI— Malaria deaths are on the rise in Zimbabwe as gains made in eliminating the infectious disease continue to be eroded by a new drug resistant strain and lack of funds to sustain disease monitoring and control efforts in the country, among other issues.

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Zimbabwe’s neglected elderly farmers

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IRIN

HARARE, 2 September 2014 (IRIN) - Girazi Mukumba, 64, a communal farmer in Wedza, about 160km southwest of the capital Harare, is old school when it comes to agricultural practices.

On his three-hectare plot he uses cow dung manure on his maize, local herbs to treat his cattle, and believes the benefits of chemical fertilizers are a “white man’s myth”.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Lesotho + 7 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (25 August 2014 - 01 September 2014)

Regional Overview

The SADC Regional Climate Outlook for the rainfall season 2014/15 predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region this rainfall season (October 2014 to March 2015).

Madagascar

On 28 August a swarm of locusts invaded the capital Antananarivo. No significant crop damage has been reported, but the situation draws attention to the need for continued support for the three-year anti-locust campaign, which faces a funding gap of US$ 10 million.

Lesotho

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Preliminary MICS results show positive trends in the health sector (01/09/2014)

Report
European Union

The preliminary results of the 2014 Zimbabwe "Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey" (MICS) designed and implemented by UNICEF in collaboration with ZimStat and mainly financed by the European Union were recently released and show a positive and encouraging trend: Crucial indicators for the health sector are significantly improving, amongst them the Maternal Mortality Ratio.

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Zimbabwe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was carried out in 2014 by the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT) as part of the global MICS programme. Technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.