COVID-19: Children From Poorest Households Have Suffered Greatest Loss Says Latest Save The Children Survey

THE COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the education of children from poorer backgrounds and is widening the gap between rich and poor and boys and girls, a new global survey by Save the Children revealed today. Save the Children conducted the largest global survey of its kind among some 25,000 children and adults on the impact of the pandemic and according to the survey, over the past  six months since the pandemic was announced, the most vulnerable children have disproportionately missed out on access to education, healthcare,…

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Almost 10 million children may never return to school following Covid-19 lockdown- Save The Children Warns

DEEP budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, with millions more falling behind in learning, Save the Children warns in a new report launched today. Girls are likely to be much worse affected than boys, with many forced into early marriage. As the impacts of the recession triggered by COVID-19 hits families, many children may be forced out of school and into labour markets. In its report, Save…

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COVID-19 could reverse gains made for African children, warns Save the Children

THE COVID-19 pandemic threatens to reverse progress made for children in Africa by years or even decades, with economic aftershocks risking to push an additional 33 million children into poverty, according to Save the Children. With malaria levels projected to rise to levels of some 20 years ago, an estimated 265 million younger children out of school because of COVID-19 and the virus added to the factors driving food insecurity, the pandemic is expected to have a long term impact on children, despite early decisive action taken by many African…

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Save The Children Offers Psychosocial Support To Cyclone Idai Affected Children

SAVE The Children Zimbabwe is currently offering Psychosocial Support Services (PSS) to children in Cyclone Idai affected communities in a bid to empower children to overcome fear through building resilience as well as develop coping mechanisms. By Michael Gwarisa Through the use of a PSS toolkit called Singing to the lion’s by Dr Jonathan Brakash a Clinical psychologis, Save the Children has reached a total of 1463 children comprising of 777 girls and 686 boys with PSS activities that are implemented at two Child Friendly spaces they have set up…

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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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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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