The Mazondo/Amanqgina Aphrodisiac Legend Demystified

THROUGHOUT Zimbabwe, men grow up being told or taught that their sole purpose on this earth besides making money is to make sure that women are satisfied in bed. According to some men, Sex is more important than food, in fact, it’s more important than water. You may fail in other departments in life, but never ever fail when it comes to the bedroom department. By Michael Gwarisa The Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs places Sex at the uttermost level of importance and falls in the same category as food, water,…

Read More

The “Ndiro ya Baba” Phenomenon:…A closer look at the intra household food distribution in Zimbabwe

TO those who have had a stint with rural life you might have across these phrases, “Musana Wehuku Ndewababa,” loosely translated as “only the father or man of the house is the one who eats the entire Chicken’s back.” In Masvingo it’s called Chiteretere and in some households, women have even been sent packing for wrongly allocating chicken portions. By Dr Tonde Matsungo (PhD, MPhil, BSc) and Dexter Chagwena To consume the entire Chicken’s back, a humongous mountain of Sadza has to complement the meal. The practice whereby the father…

Read More

Zim Has The Best Breastfeeding Trend: Experts

EXPERTS have commended the country’s breastfeeding trend which is currently amongst the highest in the region  and encouraged mothers to continue breastfeeding even after they would have tested positive for COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking to HealthTimes, Mr Dexter Chagwena, a Nutritionist Consultant in the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the breastfeeding trend in Zimbabwe has been good even though there is need to improve on exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding trend in Zimbabwe has been fairly good. We are a breastfeeding country where about between 96-98% of our children…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.…

Read More

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.…

Read More