White Sadza Is Very Fit For Human Consumption- Zim Nutritionists

LAST week, Zimbabwean Journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono torched a storm on social media when he attacked Zimbabwe’s staple food, Sadza and suggested through his tweet that Zimbabweans should dump Maize meal Sadza for small grains since Maize was only fit for livestock consumption. “Sadza has ZERO value to our well-being!” he said. “Our ancestors ate superior starch than Sadza. Why aren’t we doing the same? Maize is originally Mexican. In advanced economies, it is for cattle!” By Michael Gwarisa He also added that Maize meal is fortified because it lacks the…

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ZCSOSUNA Launches Health Youth-led Advocacy Project

ZIMBABWE Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance ZCSOSUNA, with support from UNICEF and in partnership with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and Ministry of Health and Child Care have launched a youth led advocacy project targeting six districts in the country to empower adolescent learners to promote healthy living through consumption if natural foods and products. By Patricia Mashiri The districts include Harare, Makoni, Chivi, Chirumhanzi, Insiza and Bindura. Speaking during a press briefing, Cuthbert Mukora, the Head of Programming Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) said their…

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Zimbabwe Parliament Receives Equipment For Breastfeeding Room For MPs

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organizations Scaling Up Nutrition (ZICSOSUNA) has handed over equipment for the breastfeeding room being set up inside the Parliament of Zimbabwe building, in a move  that is set to bring convenience to lactating Members of Parliament and other parliament female employees. By Patricia Mashiri The donated stuff includes couch set, refrigerator, carpet and a table. In her acceptance speech, Mabel Chinomona, the President of Senate and Patron of the Women’s Caucus said the donation from ZICOSUNA came at the right time as there has been increasing…

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Do You Know That Inappropriate Advertising & Marketing Of Breast Milk Substitutes Is A Violation Of A Global Public Health CODE Of Conduct

YOU might have been doing it subconsciously but did you know that promoting and marketing substitutes for breast milks such as infant milk formulas , Cereals, purity and other foods and substances for baby feeding is against a World Health Organisation (WHO)  set Code of conduct for all manufacturers and distributors of breast milk substitutes. By Michael Gwarisa The Code dubbed the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes seeks amongst other things to protect breastfeeding mothers from consuming promotional material which may lead to them abandoning breast feeding…

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Local NGO Sets Up Breastfeeding Room At Parliament

IN a move that is likely to bring convenience to breastfeeding female legislators and parliament employees as well as boost nutritional needs for babies, the Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA) is in the process of finalizing the setting up of a lactation room inside the Zimbabwe Parliament premises. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a child should be exclusively breastfed for six months and the first 1000 days of an infant are most crucial in the brain development and general development of…

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The Importance Of Maintaining A Healthy Diet During The Covid-19 Pandemic

THE Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of undesirable changes in the day to day living of people worldwide. The greatest concern of many is to avoid catching the virus and at least recover if infected. Everybody is afraid of either dying and leaving their loved ones or losing their loved ones to Covid-19, indeed the pandemic has come with lots of insecurities, fears and depression. By Ms Nomagugu Ndlovu and Dr Tecklah Usai The fears associated with the Covid-19 pandemic can negatively impact on people’s eating habits. Reaching for…

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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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