Kick-Out Stunting Campaign To Raise Awareness On Micro-nutrients Deficiencies In Children

THERE is need to address the issue of micro-nutrients deficiencies in children at a very young age in order to arrest the malnutrition and stunting problem  currently haunting Zimbabwe, a nutritionist has said. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 2020 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey, stunting remains high at 29.4% for the children under the age of five. The national stunting prevalence was reported to be 29.4% among children6-59 months. The Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate was 3.7% and below the WHO threshold for emergency. Children identified as underweight…

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Stunting Remains Zimbabwe’s Leading Form Of Malnutrition In Children- ZimVAC 2020

CHILD Stunting continues to slow efforts to address malnutrition in Zimbabwe amidst indications that stunting remains high at 29.4% for the children under the age of five according to the 2020 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey. By Michael Gwarisa According to the ZimVAC, the national stunting prevalence was reported to be 29.4% among children6-59 months. The Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate was 3.7% and below the WHO threshold for emergency. Children identified as underweight was 9.45 and comparable with other assessments Stunting remains high (29.4%) and the leading form…

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Tanaka Adolescent Clinic, a huge milestone towards attaining SRHR equality

ACCESS to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) has been one of the topical issues raised on various platforms. Most Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe have been at forefront of advocating for equal access to SRHR as well as removing the age barriers to accessing services. By Patricia Mashiri recently in Rushinga Many young people from marginalised communities struggle to access SRHR services owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the absence of youth friendly health facilities which offer young people centred services. As a result,…

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Delivering as one in the face of COVID-19

Amid the COVID 19 pandemic World Food Programme food distribution points have provided a one stop shop for millions of Zimbabwe. It has become a platform for knowledge exchange as well as a go to place for family planning commodities. WFP is the largest humanitarian organization in the UN system, with the deepest field presence in the most difficult settings. WFP’s vast footprint across Zimbabwe provides the opportunity for partners across the humanitarian and health sector to use its food distributions as a one-stop-shop for providing essential information and services.…

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Gvt, Partners Readies Humanitarian Assistance For Tongogara Refugee Camp, As Mozambique Conflict Rages

THE Ministry of Public Service and Social Welfare working together with various partners including the World Food Program (WFP) says they are ready to increase food and humanitarian assistance at Tongogara refugee camp should the demand for assistance increase at the back of conflict in neighboring Mozambique. By Michael Gwarisa Tongogara refugee camp currently houses not less than 15 000 refugees from various countries and should the conflict in Mozambique persist, there are fears it could lead to an influx of refugees coming to seek protection at Tongogara camp. Speaking…

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Pfumvudza, A Tried And Tested Method Of Boosting Household Nutrition And Food Security Says Gvt & FAO

THE newly nationally adopted climate smart agriculture, Conservation Agriculture (CA) model or Pfumvunza which is being championed by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Settlement is a trusted and proven method of increasing household food security and nutrition, top agricultural experts have said. By Michael Gwarisa Conservation Agriculture was piloted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other partners in various districts in Zimbabwe in 2009 and since then, at least 300 000 Zimbabwean small holder farmers who practiced this method have tripled their production. The method…

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USAID and WFP Provide Relief to over 100,000 Urban Dwellers During COVID-19

THE United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today commenced cash disbursements for the Urban Social Assistance programme thanks to funding from the United States through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID’s support will provide relief for vulnerable families in eight urban areas across Zimbabwe struggling to meet their daily food needs due to the effects of COVID-19. USAID and WFP are meeting the needs of people living in Gokwe, Redcliff, Kwekwe, Ruwa, Chinhoyi, Buhera, Chipinge, and Chegutu. The financial assistance from USAID allows WFP to provide support…

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Joshua case study on Nutrition in COVID-19 – Zimbabwe

DORICA (37) is a mother of four, who lives in the drought-stricken district of Binga in Zimbabwe. She has a two-year-old Joshua, and also lives with her four-year-old granddaughter Dorcas. Juggling from one odd job to another has become a daily routine for Dorcas and her husband, as they struggle to provide meals for their family of seven, without a reliable source of income. By Sophie Hamandishe Despite these challenges, Dorica has remained resolute when it comes to matters of feeding her son Joshua and ensuring that he remains healthy.…

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COVID-19: Children From Poorest Households Have Suffered Greatest Loss Says Latest Save The Children Survey

THE COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education of children from poorer backgrounds and is widening the gap between rich and poor and boys and girls, a new global survey by Save the Children revealed today. Save the Children conducted the largest global survey of its kind among some 25,000 children and adults on the impact of the pandemic and according to the survey, over the past  six months since the pandemic was announced, the most vulnerable children have disproportionately missed out on access to education, healthcare,…

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Provide Food Basket Instead To Avert COVID-19 Induced Malnutrition- Gvt Told

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition (ZCSOSUNA) has called on government to  replace the current ZW$200 food assistance cash transfer assistance being given to vulnerable households with a nutritious food basket  in a bit to avert a spike in Severe Acute Malnutrition cases. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists this morning, ZCSOSUNA National Coordinator, Mr Kudakwashe Zombe said food and nutrition assistance need to be at the heart of social protection programmes especially under the prevailing environment where revenue streams have been disrupted at the back of lockdown restrictions.…

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