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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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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Integrated Nutrition And WASH Project Transforms Binga Fortunes

NUTRITION is a basic human right and has been identified as the most pertinent and key component in ensuring countries achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), hence the need for a multisectoral nutrition security approach towards realising nutrition goals for citizens. By Michael Gwarisa in Binga Despite most governments including Zimbabwe having committed to advancing nutrition centered solutions as well as ending malnutrition by the year 2030, more still needs to be done to realise this vision. In Binga, the issue of food insecurity as a result of reoccurring droughts has…

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Zim Needs Strong Domestic Funding For Nutrition- Civil Society

THE National Coordinator for Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA), Kudwakwashe Zombe says domestic funding towards nutrition in Zimbabwe was still very low, amidst indications that the national budget currently allocates a paltry 0.47% to nutrition.   By Michael Gwarisa Governments around the world are expected to allocate at least 15 percent from the national budget to the health sector but Zimbabwe has been struggling to meet the benchmark a situation which has seen the sector turn its begging bowl to the donor community. Briefing delegates during…

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Breastfeeding At Workplaces: Reality Or Mirage

THE world over, companies are struggling to implement breastfeeding friendly working environments owing to conflicting interests chief among them being the fear of losing out on productive hours and profits at the expense of breastfeeding.  By Michael Gwarisa As a result, most companies have developed a negative attitude towards women of childbearing age with some companies going to the extent of hiring women only on a fixed contract basis just to avoid keeping them around forever. In Kenya  however women have come out guns blazing against government and the private…

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How To Attain a Four Star Diet Out of Little…A Look Into Staples

We normally don’t struggle much to attain this star Our staple (sadza) is the most common food we can eat from this group. This sadza can be made from maize, millet or sorghum. By Tendai Gunda But in addition to these foods, rice as well as roots and tubers such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, tsenza, cassava, yams are all foods we can consume to attain this precious star. So remember that delicious dish with rice and potatoes and soup, or sadza and potatoes only gives you one star!! So maybe…

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WFP’s Nutritional support gives hope to Zim mothers

By Tatenda Rodney Macheka WFP is supporting more than 7000 children in Zimbabwe reap the long-term benefits of a healthy start to life. For Deladina Chiota, the anticipated joys of motherhood did not meet her exact expectations. When Deladina unexpectedly gave birth to twin girls — Gracious and Precious — her husband blamed her for bringing a double burden to his life, and left her. As a young, newly-single mother, Deladina braced herself and decided to embrace what life had offered.“There are two things in life for which we are never truly prepared: twins,” says…

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Save The Children Rolls Out Ambitious Nutrition Project

By Michael Gwarisa SAVE the Children United Kingdom has availed US$6 000 towards a child food and nutrition project in Zimbabwe in a bid to complement government’s budgetary allocation towards nutrition. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of Scaling up nutrition training workshop in Harare,National Coordinator -Zimbabwe Civil Society Organizations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA) Kudakwashe Zombe said they were engaging child Parliamentarians inn Mashonaland Central in a bid to drive this project. “This is a project that we want to implement in Mash Central, the reason why we are engaging these…

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Iron Deficiency Common In Zim Toddlers and Pregnant Woman

By Michael Gwarisa LACK of proper nutrients in foods consumed in Zimbabwe has led to a surge in iron deficiency and anemia cases amongst toddlers and pregnant woman, a ministry of health official has said. Presenting during a Communication for Development discussion on the implementation of the National Nutrition Communication Strategy organised by UNICEF today, Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dexter Chagwena said cases of malnutrition in toddlers and pregnant women were high in Zimbabwe hence the need for food fortification. “Food fortification involves including minute levels…

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