By Bishow Parajuli and Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoya *
Malnutrition continues to be a challenge for many countries around the world. Globally, one in three people is malnourished in one form or another and about 815 million people, or one in ten, are suffering from chronic undernourishment.
The various consequences of malnutrition are literally devastating. An estimated 45 percent of deaths among children under age 5 are attributable to malnutrition. Malnutrition and inadequate diet are now the largest risk factors responsible for the global burden of diseases—by far.
The United Nations (UN) System in Zimbabwe welcomes the expressed commitment of the Government towards: social cohesion and peace; economic recovery and job creation; improved quality delivery of social services; anti-corruption; accelerated reform efforts including in the public sector; human security; credible, transparent and peaceful elections in 2018; and re-engagement with the international community.
23 November 2017, Harare – Today the United Nations in Zimbabwe in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden held a media launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence under the theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence Against Women and Girls.”
17 May 2017, Harare – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has today committed USD 1.6 million to assist over 32,600 flood-affected people with life-saving shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene and protection in 20 districts in Zimbabwe. This UN fund is in addition to USD 8.2 million allocated last year in response to the severe drought that affected over 4 million rural Zimbabweans.
The handover ceremony was held in the presence of media today at the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Makombe boardroom, in Harare.
This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January - April 2017. The next report will be issued on or around June 2017.
The Government of Zimbabwe has declared the flooding situation affecting 36 districts in the country a national disaster, and has appealed for international assistance.
29 March 2017, Harare - A high level meeting jointly convened today by the Government and the United Nations brought together some 150 senior officials from Government, UN, Development Partners and Civil Society Organizations to validate programme results achieved under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF).
Harare, 07 March 2017 – As a result of heavy flooding induced by Cyclone Dineo, to date 251 people have been reported dead, over 2000 people displaced, livelihoods disrupted, and infrastructure including roads, bridges, schools, and water sources sustained heavy damages, mainly across the southern parts of Zimbabwe.
In response, the Government of Zimbabwe has declared national disaster and set up a Cabinet Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management chaired by the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
**Note from the UN Resident Coordinator
Harare, 17 November 2016 – El Niño-induced drought has led to a serious surge in food insecurity and hunger affecting 40 million people across the southern Africa region. Zimbabwe, one of the countries most affected, is in the midst of the worst drought in 25 years that is projected to affect 5.2 million people including 1.1 million urban dwellers during the first quarter of 2017.
Harare, 4 November 2016 - The Government, UN, NGOs and development partners reinforced their commitment to jointly maximize the impact of drought response efforts and strengthen accountability to the most vulnerable communities worst affected by the drought, during a provincial multi-stakeholder meeting held today in Harare.
Bulawayo, 29 September 2016 -The Office of the President and Cabinet and the United Nations System in Zimbabwe jointly convened today some 150 partners representing Government at central, provincial and district levels, traditional leaders, development partners and NGOs in Bulawayo.
Harare, 12 September 2016 - The Embassy of Canada in Zimbabwe and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have convened a multi-stakeholders meeting, including of Government, development partners, civil society and partners to dialogue on ending AIDS in the country.
Chiredzi, 01 September 2016 – Some 52,897 (49%) rural households in Chiredzi are food insecure. At the moment 22,179 households have been prioritised and receiving assistance from Government, UN, donors, and NGOs. These rural households have also begun a long journey to adaptation and resilience building to withstand future shocks caused recurrent droughts and effects of climate change.
Op-ed by Bishow Parajuli
Today, we commemorate the World Humanitarian Day which comes on the heels of the World Humanitarian Summit, the most pivotal moment in the history of humanitarian action, held in May 2016 in Turkey.
At the summit, over 9,000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non-governmental organizations agreed to deliver better humanitarian assistance for the 130 million vulnerable people all over the world.
Harare, 7 July 2016 – During a high-level meeting held today, the Government, UN, NGOs, development partners and the private sector reinforced their collective commitment to continue to work together to maximize the impact of El Nino-induced drought response efforts. The renewed commitment came as the 2016/2017 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) Rural Livelihood Assessment found that the number of food insecure people in Zimbabwe would increase to over 4 million during the next peak lean season (January to March 2017).
Note from the UN Resident Coordinator
I have witnessed how communities are struggling to cope with the harsh drought induced by the worst El Niño in 35 years.
I visited, together with officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet, and the Ambassadors of Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Malawi and Charge de Affaire of Angola, four hard-hit districts (Umguza, Bupi, Lupane and Binga) in Matabeleland North in mid-March 2016.
Harare, 23 March 2016 – A multi-stakeholders meeting, jointly hosted by the Office of the President and Cabinet and the UN System in Zimbabwe, held today called for scaling up of humanitarian assistance to address the immediate needs of 2.8 million (30% of the total population) drought-affected people.
Bulawayo, 19 March 2016 – A two-day field visit to Matabeleland North to appraise humanitarian and development projects and to raise awareness on the seriousness of the El Niño induced drought in the province has been concluded today.
Harare, 22 January 2016: The United Nations system in Zimbabwe welcomes the recent ruling by the Constitutional Court outlawing marriage of persons below the age of 18. This is a landmark ruling that will advance child rights in Zimbabwe by helping to end the harmful and prevalent practice of marrying children, especially girls.
The ruling not only upholds the Constitution but also reaffirms Zimbabwe’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.