COVID-19: Number Of children Living In Household Poverty To soar By Up To 86 Million By Year End

THE economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic could push up to 86 million more children into household poverty by the end of 2020, an increase of 15 per cent, according to a new analysis released today by Save the Children and UNICEF. HealthTimes Reporter  The analysis highlights that, without urgent action to protect families from the financial hardships caused by the pandemic, the total number of children living below the national poverty line in low- and middle-income countries could reach 672 million by year-end. Nearly two-thirds of these children live…

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Zim Women Ready To Embrace Donor Breast Milk For Infant Feeding- Study

A new study conducted by a group of Zimbabwean nutritionists has gathered that Zimbabwean working class women would prefer substituting breast feeding with breast milk from donors as compared to formulas. By Michael Gwarisa The study  titled “Acceptability of donor breastmilk banking among health workers: a cross-sectional survey in Zimbabwean urban settings,” was conducted by a team of seven nutritionists namely Dexter Chagwena, Felistas Mugariri, Steady Mataga, Ruvimbo Danda, Tonderayi Matsungo and Charles Maponga. The concept of donor human milk banking was acceptable among health workers. One-third (31%) of the…

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Journalist Donates Food Hampers To Starving Epworth Households

ONLINE news publication, ZimboLive.TV Journalist, Brighton Gumbodete today donated an assortment of food hampers to vulnerable households in Epworth, Harare. HealthTimes Reporter According to the World Food Programme (WFP), Zimbabwe is likely to record a sharp increase in the number of urban households in need of food assistance due to the drought induced hunger. The COVID-19 induced lockdown has also disrupted livelihoods and their capacity to generate income and bring food on the table. In interview with HealthTimes, Gumbodete said it was their charity arm, Devine Might Foundation International’s initiative…

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Zimbabwe Rated As one Of The World’s Top Global Food Crises In New UN Report

ZIMBABWE remains in the grip of severe food insecurity, with millions of people already requiring humanitarian assistance due to prolonged drought, climate-related shocks, economic deterioration and the situation set to worsen as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, according to the new Global Food Crisis Report Forecast (GFCRF). HealthTimes Correspondent The joint report, released by the European Union, FAO, OCHA, UNICEF, USAID and WFP anticipates a worsening food insecurity situation in 2020 with an estimated 4.3 million rural Zimbabweans, including children, are in need of urgent action. On top of environmental factors,…

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Russia Avails US$1.5 Million For Zim’s Food Assistance

Russian Ambassador (centre) Mr Eddie Rowe (Right) and Mr Erasmus Gapara (left)

THE Russian Federation has donated an amount to the tune of US$1.5 million for the purchase of over a thousand metric tons (MT) of food to support the affected communities in Hwange, Nkayi and Zvishavane Districts in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The food items will be distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) in the mentioned three districts amidst indications that some 5.5 million rural people, or 59 percent of the rural population, is at risk and requires emergency food assistance from January to April, the peak of the lean…

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Nutrition Boost For Rushinga Pregnant & Lactating Women

HUNDREDS of women are set to benefit from a food distribution program targeting pregnant and lactating women in Rushinga through a partnership between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Program (WFP). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Rushinga The food relief consignment is also part of the WFP lean season assistance in 21 wards of Rushinga district where a total of 5187 beneficiaries in Rushinga which constitutes to 10999 households are set to benefit. At Rutuka, Ward 9 in Rushinga at least six women received the food…

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Citizen Journalism As A Tool For Advancing Nutrition Awareness At Grassroots

ZIMBABWE is currently making positive strides towards addressing the malnutrition burden at the back of rigorous and extensive nutrition interventions by government, civil society and funding partners. Healthy eating and nutrition has also been identified as a platform through which countries can attain Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Headlands, Mazowe According to the Zimbabwe 2018 Nutrition Survey report launched by the Food and Nutrition Council, the national rate of child stunting, a manifestation of chronic malnutrition, is 26.2 per cent in Zimbabwe, which means nearly one…

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Fifty Pupils To Be Recruited As Nutrition Advocates

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Nutrition Alliance (ZCOSUNA) alongside the Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe aims to nurture 50 school children as nutrition advocates. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe a member of ZCOSUNA took nutrition advocacy to Kuwadzana district schools namely Presbyterian College and Corpus Christ High School. In Harare, this program was taken to Churchhill Boys High School. RETZ head of programs Cuthbert Mukora giving the background of this initiative said since 2017, they trained junior parliamentarians and junior councilors. Previously we have been doing…

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USAID Nutrition and Agric Programs Boost Household Food Security In Zim

THE United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) nutrition and resilience interventions have contributed significantly to household food sufficiency at a grassroots level in rural Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa To date, USAIDS has assisted more than 350,000 Zimbabwean small holder farmers to increase their yields, incomes, food security and self-reliance. Speaking at the USAID roundtable discussion which ran under the theme, “Agricultural-led Growth, Nutrition and Resilience,” United States Envoy to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Brian Nicholas said the aim of their programs was to see households running  sustainable income and food generating…

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Local NGO on Massive Campaign to Recruit Adolescent Nutrition Champions

RURAL Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) has embarked on a rigorous drive to recruit nutrition champions in both single sex and mixed schools around the country as a means of strengthening their voice and participation in nutrition advocacy. By Michael Gwarisa This initiative which is a youth led project is set to support adolescents to participate in a campaign dubbed, “Kick Out Stunting Campaign.” In Harare, Churchill Boys High school in which has a total of 1600 students is amongst one of the first beneficiaries from the project which is…

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