Kariba District Records Decline In Malnutrition Cases

By Michael Gwarisa In Kariba KARIBA District has recorded a decline in malnutrition cases since 2016 owing to rigorous interventions by the ministry of health in collaboration with Save the Children. In an interview on the sidelines of a media sensitisation tour in Siyakobvu, Save the Children Nutrition Officer, Talent Kadungu said malnutrition has been on the decline since the adoption of the interventions in the various districts including Kariba and Binga. “Kariba has been one of the most affected regions in the country with cases of severe malnutrition and…

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Rural Districts lagging Behind In Quality Health Provision

By Kudakwashe Pembere The district risk profiles launched on Tuesday in Harare have revealed that there is a huge gap in the provision of quality health in most rural areas in Zimbabwe. Speaking in an interview, Food and Nutrition Council head of programmes Blessing Butaumocho said the nation does not have the required health institutions and practitioners. ” In terms of basic health facilities, the basic story is that generally we can do with more health facilities, we can do with more health service practitioners. “Currently we don’t have enough…

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Zim Children Threatened By Stunting

By Kudakwashe Pembere STUNTING is proving to be a big menace to proper child nutrition, growth and development in Zimbabwe and if not nipped, could lead to a double burden of child malnutrition and over nutrition, a Food and Nutrition Council official has said. The World Health Organisation defines stunting as the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation. Children are defined as stunted if their height-for-age is more than two standard deviations below the WHO Child Growth Standards median. Speaking…

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Midlands Province Successfully Integrates Pediatric ART and Nutrition

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Lower Gweru THE Midlands province has successfully integrated nutrition and paediatric Anti Retro Viral Therapy (ART) programs in a bid to reduce infant mortality as a result of HIV induced malnutrition, a health official has said. Briefing Journalists on the side-lines of a Save the children Nutrition Media Sensitisation Tour of Lower Gweru, Midlands Province District Medical Officer, Dr Shakespeare Mureyano said there was poor uptake of Pediatric ART in the area and as a result, opportunistic infections like diarrhea would attack children who are…

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Malnutrition Almost Killed My 2 year Old Baby…Woman Narrates Ordeal

“At that time, she was 1 year 7 months old, I had already introduced her to solid foods, I would say I started feeding her porridge  a day after she was born not knowing it would affect my child…” By Michael Gwarisa recently in Shamva “Mwana anofanira kudya tuporridge tu tete tete, kana tumahewu netumvura kuti asimbe mudumbu, ukaona mwana achiramba kuyamwa anenge achichema zita!” Loosely translated “A new born baby must and should be fed porridge, or traditional non-alcoholic brew or water, if you see your child crying all…

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The Power Of Women Support Groups in Scaling Up Nutrition

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Shamva ZIMBABWE witnessed a surge in child malnutrition cases in the years 2015/16 owing to the Elnino induced drought which left millions of Zimbabweans from most parts of the country in need of food aid. According to information gathered by Save the Children Zimbabwe a Non- Governmental Organisation which deals with issues affecting children and their rights, cases of Severe Malnutrition were recorded over the past two years as a result of the droughts and extreme cases were documented in Binga, Chegutu, Kariba, Shamva and…

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The Plight Of Malnourished HIV Positive Mothers In Hopely

“We end up eating our baby’s food because the situation at times becomes so bad, there wont be any food in the house…” By Michael Gwarisa  IT’S a Wednesday morning and hundreds of women both young and old are queuing at a World Food Program (WFP) container cubicle at Hopley Satellite Clinic to get their monthly allocations of fortified food for them and their young ones. Amongst the women is one weary looking young woman seating by the long bench with her baby clutched on her back. A gaze deep…

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WFP’s Nutritional support gives hope to Zim mothers

By Tatenda Rodney Macheka WFP is supporting more than 7000 children in Zimbabwe reap the long-term benefits of a healthy start to life. For Deladina Chiota, the anticipated joys of motherhood did not meet her exact expectations. When Deladina unexpectedly gave birth to twin girls — Gracious and Precious — her husband blamed her for bringing a double burden to his life, and left her. As a young, newly-single mother, Deladina braced herself and decided to embrace what life had offered.“There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins,” says…

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Manicaland Records Highest Rate of Stunted Children

By Michael Gwarisa MANICALAND province recorded a 49% stunted growth rate in children in 2016, against an average of 26% owing to a high malnutrition incidence in the area. Briefing a Child Parliamentarians engagement meeting on Nutrition Budget advocacy in Bindura, Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation Executive Director January Mvula singled out the high prioritisation of cash crops over food crops as the major driver of malnutrition and stuntedness in children in the area. “Stunting rate of Zimbabwe is at 27% with high number of boys. This Translate to 1…

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Save The Children Rolls Out Ambitious Nutrition Project

By Michael Gwarisa SAVE the Children United Kingdom has availed US$6 000 towards a child food and nutrition project in Zimbabwe in a bid to complement government’s budgetary allocation towards nutrition. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of Scaling up nutrition training workshop in Harare,National Coordinator -Zimbabwe Civil Society Organizations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA) Kudakwashe Zombe said they were engaging child Parliamentarians inn Mashonaland Central in a bid to drive this project. “This is a project that we want to implement in Mash Central, the reason why we are engaging these…

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