By Kudzai Makoni
Members of the Apostolic sect in Ward 23, Majada Village in Gutu District are still resistant to having their children immunised and will do anything in their power to avoid it. “It is the norm that when we hear that the Village Health Workers are moving around educating us about seeking health services and other issues, we hide in the mountains for days, says Madzibaba John, a leader of the sect. “When one of our own children get sick, we pray for them and we use our holy water on them and eventually they become well again,” he added.
With 1 in 7 adults living with HIV, Zimbabwe has one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, a situation aggravated by a major shortage of public health workers and serious economic challenges. Yet despite the difficulties, one million Zimbabweans living with HIV are now receiving antiretroviral treatment.
To mark World AIDS Day 2017, meet the individuals behind this milestone as they explain how access to HIV treatment has transformed their lives and secured their futures.
SARAH, FROM DEVASTATION TO HOPE
"The plants are disappearing, both fruit and herbal medicines, but we cannot do anything," says one rural herbalist
By Andrew Mambondiyani
ZIMUNYA, Zimbabwe, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Henry Fusirayi Nzarayebani, an elder in Zimunya, a village in eastern Zimbabwe, walks slowly towards plants growing at the edge of a narrow dirt foot path.
He plucks a few leaves from a shrub nearly hidden amid a thicket of invasive Lantana camara plants, then rubs the leaves between his hands and sniffs the scent.
In Chivi District, Zimbabwe, CARE is providing equitable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with a specific focus on women and girls.
Chivi district is one of the driest in Zimbabwe where convenient access to clean water is difficult to come by. A majority of homes in Chivi lack toilets and over 50% practice open defecation. This means families are extremely vulnerable to preventable diseases that can be controlled through adequate sanitation, hygiene practices and access to clean and safe water.
Harare, 10 November 2017: A new programme to strengthen a resilient health system in Zimbabwe has been launched.
Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development to the tune of US$ 82 million, the programme aims to improve sexual, reproductive, health, and nutrition services for women, adolescents, and children. The majority of this grant will finance health interventions implemented by UNICEF and UNFPA under the Health Development Fund while WHO will receive US$ 2.2 million to help strengthen Zimbabwe’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.
I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
09 November 2017, Harare - Through the Department for International Development (DFID), the UK Government is making available GBP 65.2 million (US$ 82.1 million) to improve sexual, reproductive, health, and nutrition services for women, adolescents, and children. The majority of this grant will finance health interventions implemented under the Health Development Fund while US$ 2.2 million will be for strengthening Zimbabwe’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks.
The glaring sun creates mirages in the road as cattle lie under the cover of sparse tree shades to hide from the scorching Binga sun. The erratic rainfall and poor rocky and sandy soils make it difficult for the people to practice subsistence or commercial farming, forcing them to resort to fishing. Binga was not spared from the El nino induced drought that hit the country in 2015 to 2016. With its already existing problems, mainly harsh terrain, generally poor rainfall, and hardy soils, the situation of the people worsened.
Rationale: Why is progress in modern contraceptives uptake slower or stagnant in some countries but progressing in others? What facilitates or hampers progress? What can countries learn from each other?
Paucity of data on: key sub-populations (adolescents, unmarried women, men and vulnerable populations); motivation for contraceptive use, the role of relationship factors and how women choose a specific method.
WFP successfully migrated the SCOPE Platform (a digital beneficiary registration and management platform) to support the people residing at Tongogara Refugee Camp, culminating in 2,700 refugees redeeming their assistance using the SCOPE card.
2017 Productive Assets Creation cycle (PAC) registered an increase in the number of assets being created and rehabilitated from 55 in 2016 to 119 in 2017, as WFP gears up its resilience activities.
Vulnerable populations in six Southern African countries will likely require humanitarian assistance through mid-2018
FAW infestations reported in at least eight Southern Africa countries
USAID/FFP provides nearly $47 million in additional funding to improve food security throughout the region
The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa.
In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia,
Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance.
1 Executive summary
This is the evaluation report for Southern African Food Insecurity Project implemented by National Societies of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mozambique. The project was funded by IFRC and various Partner National Societies in the four countries.
UNICEF and partners have screened 233,950 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 7,822 children aged 0-59 months since January 2017.
UNICEF has provided 219,859 children aged 6-59 months with Vitamin A Supplementation (VAS) since the beginning of 2017, including 53, 290 children since July 2017.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Between January and March 2017, Zimbabwe experienced severe flooding across 37 districts of the country, which damaged local infrastructure, livelihoods, transportation routes, and homes. The above-average precipitation during this period was exacerbated by the rains brought about by tropical depression “Ex-Dineo”, which caused significant flooding particularly in the southern parts of Zimbabwe.
C. Nicholas Cuneo, Richard Sollom, and Chris Beyrer
20 September 2017, Harare - The United Nations Team in Zimbabwe, in support of national development priorities and in partnership with development partners, reiterates its commitments articulated under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF).
The United Nations, through the ZUNDAF, continues its support in poverty reduction, advancing good governance and gender equality, and enhancing service delivery in education, health, water and sanitation, protection, and food and nutrition security.
The 2017 ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment estimates that 1.1 million people will be food insecure by the first quarter of 2018. All indicators of nutrition and food security have improved in the midst of a 321 percent increase in food crop production compared to last year, although some districts will have high food insecurity projections estimated at 27 percent.
In July, WFP supported 89,585 people in 11 districts under the Productive Asset Creation Programme.
With worsening droughts drying fields and hydropower, solar energy is providing a way forward in rural areas.
By Tonderayi Mukeredzi
MASHABA, Zimbabwe, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems.
The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa. In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people will required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance. Southern Africa continues to experience the follow – on impacts of the El Niño drought and the La Niña floods.