Assisting communities in need of humanitarian assistance in Southern Africa
Southern Africa facts and figures for 2017
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in southern Africa carries out humanitarian activities in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Harare - The third edition of the African Day of School Feeding was officially opened today by Honorable CDE K.C.D. Mohadi Vice-President of Zimbabwe and celebrated under the patronage of the Zimbabwean government. This year’s theme is ‘Realizing the African Child’s Full Potential through Effective Home-Grown School Feeding.’
WFP, in collaboration with its partners, is scaling up its Lean Season Assistance programme to reach 31 districts, assisting 482,000 people across the country.
WFP is scaling up cash-based transfers during the 2017/18 LSA period, encompassing mobile money transfers, commodity vouchers and, to a lesser extent, cash-in-transit.
UNICEF and partners screened 240,674 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 10,020 children aged 0-59 months in 2017.
In a move aimed at complementing and supplementing the Ministry of Health and Child Care's efforts to step up essential emergency preparedness and response, WHO Zimbabwe handed over cholera and emergency reproductive health kits. The cholera and reproductive health kits are meant to support preparedness and response measures that the ministry is currently putting in place to restock districts and provinces at risk of possible outbreaks of diseases or need.
17 January 2018, Harare - A ceremony to mark the award of US $ 502 million additional healthcare funding from the Global Fund to Zimbabwe was held in Harare today. The grants which will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care (MOHCC) and UN in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations and the National AIDS Council (NAC) will support HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes for the next three years. UNDP is the principal recipient of the grants.
By Andrew Mambondiyani
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Jan 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years in which the disease presented only a limited threat, this city in eastern Zimbabwe is seeing a hike in malaria deaths, with more than 30 recorded in 2017, city officials say.
They, and residents, blame the resurgence in part on unusually wet weather, following years of drought in much of the country, and on warming conditions linked to climate change.
Harare, 05 January 2018: The Ministry of Health and Child Care has released US$ 7.6 million to the Health Development Fund (HDF) for the purchase of essential medicines and equipment for government health institutions countrywide.
In 2018, the Zimbabwean government will fully take over the World Bank financed and Cordaid implemented health program in Zimbabwe. “We helped to revitalize the national health system”, says Arjanne Rietsema, Cordaid’s Country director in Zimbabwe. “Safely handing over the results-based financing program, will be one of our biggest achievements.”
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.