Gvt Urged To Make Realistic Commitments Towards Improving Nutrition Standards

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA), has challenged government to make realistic and attainable nutrition targets ahead of the forthcoming 2020 Japan Nutrition for Growth summit. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing Journalists this morning, ZCSOSUNA Projects Officer, Kudzai Chavhunduka said government should take the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit  to be held in December  as a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. As the country’s Civil Society Alliance in Scaling Up Nutrition, we applaud the government of Zimbabwe for…

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Nutrition Crucial For Pregnant, Lactating Women & children During Droughts

AS our nation slowly plunges into what has been projected to be one of the most catastrophic droughts over decades, it is crucial that key decision makers in government ministries take cognizance of the fact that good nutrition takes center stage in human and economic development of our country. By Kudakwashe Zombe According to the World Food Program (WFP),  Zimbabwe was facing another famine following indications that the 2020 harvest  could be low at the back continued dry spells. The WFP said it was appealing to the international community to…

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Extreme Mulnutrition Stalks Low &Middle Income Countries

A four year-paper report published in The Lancet reveals that there is increasing undernutrition and obesity in low and middle income countries owing to rapid changes in countries’ food systems. According to the report, more than a third of such countries had overlapping forms of malnutrition (45 of 123 countries in the 1990s, and 48 of 126 countries in the 2010s), particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and east Asia and the Pacific. Undernutrition and obesity can lead to effects across generations as both maternal undernutrition and obesity are associated…

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RETZ Trains Nutrition Citizen Journalists In Bindura

THE Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) has commenced training of young nutrition citizen Journalists in Bindura to improve reportage of nutrition related developments and challenges affecting the Bindura district. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bindura The team of nutrition Journalists will be made up of children of high school going age from the district’s 15 wards as well as young farmers from rural and peri-urban Bindura. Speaking during the training which was graced by junior parliamentarians and young famers in Bindura, Media consultant and Media Studies Lecturer, Dr Jasper…

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Save The Children Responds To Nutrition Needs In Cyclone Idai Hit Communities

SAVE the Children has responded to the Cyclone Idai disaster through providing food and nutrition needs to the affected communities. By Michael Gwarisa Through funding from Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC), the relief program seeks to increase access to essential health services and prevent or improve health and nutrition outcomes among the affected communities. Speaking on the development, Save The Children Zimbabwe Nutrition Manager, Mthulisi Dube said the DEC funded Phase 1 Southern Africa Cyclone Idai 2019 project is covering Health, WASH and Nutrition activities. The project aims to meet the…

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Rural Enterprise Trust Launches Ambitious Nutrition Project In Bindura

THE Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) has embarked on a project aimed at promoting nutrition consciousness amongst young people in Bindura District. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bindura The project dubbed Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator is funded by the Gates Foundation and supported by CIVICUS. It will be implemented in the 15 out of the 21 wards in the district. Briefing a stakeholders meeting in Bindura, RTZ Consultant Mr Cathbert Mukora said  the project will empower young people with information around the subject of nutrition. Our purpose is to…

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Kick Out Stunting Campaign Starts On High Note

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition (ZCSOSUNA) has launched a campaign targeting adolescents with the aim of raising awareness around nutrition issues affecting young children in the country. By Michael Gwarisa The campaign dubbed “Kick out Stunting Campaign” uses sports and outdoor recreational activities to bring young people together and teach them the basics and essentials of nutrition. The campaign kicked off in Kuwadzana 6, Harare and was graced by several school  pupils from schools in Kuwadzana who came to watch a football match between two of Corpus…

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Lafarge In Revolutionary Breakthrough For Breastfeeding Mothers

BREASTFEEDING is considered a basic need for every infant of breastfeeding age and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a baby should be exclusively breastfed for up to six months before introducing him/her to complimentary foods until at least the age of two years. By Michael Gwarisa According to nutrition experts, the first 1000 days are the most crucial for an infant’s brain development and this can only be attained through adequate and exclusive breastfeeding. In developing countries however, poverty and its attendant condition, malnutrition, weaken this foundation, leading…

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Brazil Extends US$50 000 To Cyclone Idai Hit Communities

THE World Food Program (WFP) has received a US$50 000 Cyclone Idai recovery financial injection from the government of Brazil, which will go towards addressing the cyclone affected communities’ health and nutrition needs. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the signing ceremony of the financial contribution from Brazil, WFP Representative, Mr  Eddie Rowe applauded Brazil for their gesture and hinted that they will be rolling out phase 3 of their resilience support program in August which targets to reach not less than 15 000 households and will focus on early recovery…

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New Research Encourages Zimbabweans To Eat Insects To Boost Nutrition

FINDINGS from a new research by local nutritionists has found high crude protein content in at least three edible insects available in Zimbabwe which could go a long way in alleviating rampart cases of under-nutrition and malnutrition. By Michael Gwarisa The research dubbed “PROTEIN QUALITY OF COMMONLY CONSUMED EDIBLE INSECTS IN ZIMBABWE” was conducted between 2015 and 2017 and authored by Dexter Chagwena a nutritionists in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) department, Matanhire GT,  Jombo TZ and CC Maponga. Commenting on the findings of the research, Chagwena…

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