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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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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Cash Transfers Bring Hope to Drought Stricken Binga

VILLAGERS in Binga, Matebelend north province have been thrown a lifeline following the introduction of a cash transfer initiative which seeks to address the prevailing food insecurity situation dogging the district. By Michael Gwarisa in Binga The cash transfer initiative is being funded by Save the Children through funds from different member organisations of the Save the children and support from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC). Briefing Journalists during a nutrition field visit in Binga district, Save the Children nutrition manager, Mthulisi Dube said Binga needed urgent…

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Rare Disability Haunts Beitbridge Family

TWENTY-year-old Musiiwa Sibanda has never enjoyed life like people in his age group. By Nhau Mangirazi recently in Beitbridge He hardly walks but crawls as he manoeuvres his way around the yard and other destinations due to a condition called Dystonia which has been haunting him since birth. To make life tough for Musiiwa, his wheelchair bound young brothers Adam aged 15 and Misheck aged 12 also suffer from the same condition. Both are attending school at Chenmanga primary school five kilometres away, they cannot walk due to a rare…

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Save The Children Expands Nutrition Project to 7 More Districts

SAVE the Children Zimbabwe has extended its nutrition project to seven more districts amidst indications that they intend to reach at least 231,168 with active screening for acute malnutrition and ensure early detection and treatment of acute malnutrition. By Michael Gwarisa The increase in the coverage area brings the total number of districts under the Save the children nutrition program to 12. In an interview with HealthTimes, Save the Children Zimbabwe Nutrition manager Tendai Gunda said they had taken the nutrition program to these seven new districts to make them…

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“Chigubhu Gear”, Tackling Water and Sanitation At Grassroots Level

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Siakobvu, Kariba  GOVERNMENT in partnership with Save the Children and other non governmental organizations has embarked on  widespread Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene  (WASH) projects in various districts around the country. According to Water and Sanitation experts, poor adherence to sanitation and hygiene expectations could lead to serious malnutrition cases as a result of diarrheal diseases which cause severe wasting of the body especially in  children below the age of five. Adhering to basic WASH requirement is simple, just ensure you have access to clean…

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Polygamy Hampers Nutrition Interventions in Binga

By Michael Gwarisa in Binga, Matelele POLYGAMY is one oldest practice in African culture including Zimbabwe. Back in the day, having more than one wife was a sign of power and wealth and men could be revered for exhibiting such capabilities. More women would translate to greater yields and productivity in the fields was guaranteed as the women would bear more children  who would work in the fields hence making him a household name in the community. In modern-day Rural Matelele Village in Binga, Polygamy is not a crime and…

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Midlands Province Successfully Integrates Pediatric ART and Nutrition

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Lower Gweru THE Midlands province has successfully integrated nutrition and paediatric Anti Retro Viral Therapy (ART) programs in a bid to reduce infant mortality as a result of HIV induced malnutrition, a health official has said. Briefing Journalists on the side-lines of a Save the children Nutrition Media Sensitisation Tour of Lower Gweru, Midlands Province District Medical Officer, Dr Shakespeare Mureyano said there was poor uptake of Pediatric ART in the area and as a result, opportunistic infections like diarrhea would attack children who are…

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The Power Of Women Support Groups in Scaling Up Nutrition

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Shamva ZIMBABWE witnessed a surge in child malnutrition cases in the years 2015/16 owing to the Elnino induced drought which left millions of Zimbabweans from most parts of the country in need of food aid. According to information gathered by Save the Children Zimbabwe a Non- Governmental Organisation which deals with issues affecting children and their rights, cases of Severe Malnutrition were recorded over the past two years as a result of the droughts and extreme cases were documented in Binga, Chegutu, Kariba, Shamva and…

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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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