Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Gaps 2013 at a Glance (as of 21 May 2013)

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 21 May 2013 View Original


  • Food: Poor weather patterns reduced the national cereal harvest by 33% in 2012. Food insecurity in Zimbabwe in 2013 is projected to be comparably worse than the past three years due to drought; decrease in cropping area; and chronic vulnerabilities. Almost one in five people living in rural areas will not be able to meet their basic food requirements. A large percentage of vulnerable rural farmers still depend on NGO and Government-subsidized agriculture inputs.

  • Health and WASH: Zimbabwe continues to be vulnerable to outbreaks of epidemic-prone diarrhoeal diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery. Rates of diarrheal disease throughout the country have consistently exceeded epidemic thresholds over the past 12 months. Decreased dietary intake combined with high rates of disease predispose the population to development of malnutrition.

  • Protection & Migration-related: Despite noticeable progress in addressing longer-term protection needs, a significant number of highly vulnerable groups, including displacement & migration affected population, continue requiring humanitarian aid. Vulnerable Zimbabweans deported from Botswana and South Africa via Beitbridge and Plumtree due mainly to their un-regularized status in these countries continue to require time-critical humanitarian aid in food, urgent medical and protection services, transport home, and information on safe migration; HIV/AIDS treatment; SGBV and counter-trafficking.

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