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

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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/.

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Self-help schemes bring hope to the forgotten poor

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The Zimbabwean

Capacity building and agro-business training programmes spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT) have brought hope to some residents in Bulawayo’s high-density suburbs.

by Pamenus Tuso

While aid organisations have been working hard to help people in rural communities, town- and city-dwellers have often been neglected.

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World + 32 others
Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Zimbabwe's Infant, Maternal Mortality Rates Drop

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Voice of America

HARARE—The United Nations is reporting huge improvements in Zimbabwe's prenatal, newborn and maternal health care over the past five years.

However, the U.N. Children's Fund says the survey indicates that Zimbabwe must continue working to improve health standards.

According to research findings released Friday, Zimbabwe’s infant and maternal mortality rates have declined by 20 and 36 percent, respectively, since 2009.

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Zimbabwe Price Bulletin August 2014

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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.

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ZPP Monthly Monitor (July 2014)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Internal power struggles within the major political parties of Zanu PF and the MDC-T intensified during the month of July leading to a significant rise in the number of politically motivated human rights violations. The number of violations rose from 188 recorded in June to 229 during the month under review.

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City suffers with 70,000 illegal water users

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The Zimbabwean

Harare City Council is losing thousands of dollars every month from 70,000 unregistered water connections, The Zimbabwean has learnt.

“The city has a total of 192,000 registered water connections and an estimated high rate of unregistered connections numbering 70,000,” revealed Harare water director Christopher Zvobgo.

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Shortage of schools critical

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The Zimbabwean

by Pamenus Tuso

The newly elected Mangwe junior MP, Sarudzai Tigere, says the shortage of primary schools in her constituency is critical and has led to children either dropping out of school or being forced to walk long distances every day.

Tigere, a lower sixth student at Empandeni girls high school, was elected the junior MP for the constituency in June. She said she was very worried about the many children who were dropping out of school due to poverty and subjected to child labour in the form of daily rural household chores such as water and firewood fetching.

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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (19 to 25 August 2014)

Regional Overview

The South African Government has placed an immediate ban on the entry of non-South Africans from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), taking place from 27 to 29 August in Windhoek, Namibia, will develop the first regional seasonal forecast for the coming rainfall season.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in northern DRC, which are said to be a different strain to the outbreak in West Africa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Zimbabwe’s Water and Sanitation Services Measured to Identify Successes, Enhance Learning and Improve Delivery

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • A World Bank Group benchmarking exercise focuses on the 32 urban local authorities in Zimbabwe to track water and sanitation service delivery over time

  • The exercise uses international experiences and customizes knowledge to enhance Zimbabwe’s service delivery

  • The process will also help to enhance transparency and accountability

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Good Times Roll for Zimbabwe’s Livestock Breeders

By Tomson Phiri — 23 August 2014

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Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update, August 2014

Stable staple food prices maintain Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes in the country

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most households including the very poor are experiencing Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) as cereals and other food items are readily available from their own production and are being supplemented by market purchases.

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Cushioning the blow - Zimbabwe

Droughts cause poor harvests, Zimbabwean smallholders receive payout

Smallholder farmers in Africa have long borne the brunt of the adverse effects of global climate change. They are perpetually at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns and fear total losses in the event of drought, as they rarely have alternative plans to fall back on.

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Research Group Says Violence Curbs Women's Political Zeal

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Voice of America

WASHINGTON— The Research and Advocacy Unit says women in Zimbabwe maybe marginalized in many aspects of public and political life, but are influential through their voting.

In a new research study report entitled 'Women and Elections in Zimbabwe: Insights from the Afrobarometer', the Research and Advocacy Unit explains that women see participation in politics as important but are hampered in most cases by political violence.

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GVT officially closes Chingwizi holding camp

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The Zimbabwean

The government has officially closed Chingiwizi transit camp where at least 12 000 people affected by flooding along the Tokwe Mukosi dam basin have been staying since February amid reports that police have since declared the camp site a no go area.

Villagers said that they were forced to accept the one hectare piece of land offered by the state while those who resisted were completely chased away.

The Zimbabwean has established that the camp is now deserted and only armed police officers have remained.

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Minister: Chingwizi Flood Victims' Relocation Mission Accomplished

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Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, is claiming mission accomplished in relocating more than 20,000 flood victims from Chingwizi holding camp to Nuanetsi Ranch.

The minister is claiming that the relocated people are “very happy” and had been held hostage for months by hooligans whom he claims were blocking their move using threats.

But some of the relocated people have shot down Bhasikiti’s claims and allege they are starving and are sleeping in the open in Nuanetsi.