UNFPA Monitors Coronavirus Impact On Pregnant & breastfeeding Women

Young Preganant Women at Tariro Clinic and Youty Centre

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says it is closely monitoring the Coronavirus pandemic especially its effects to pregnant and lactating women. By Michael Gwarisa UNFPA Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem said pregnant women deserve priority treatment during times as these. As the new Coronavirus appears across the world, UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency is closely monitoring the outbreak and especially its impact on pregnant and breastfeeding women. “Safe pregnancy and child birth both depend upon functioning health systems and strict adherence to infection precautions. Women…

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Additional US$14.8 Million Required To Carry Out 2022 Zim Population Census

Prof Mthuli Ncube

GOVERNMENT has made an appeal to the donor community to complement work around implementation of the 2022 population and housing census through providing additional financial resources. By Michael Gwarisa The estimated budget for the 2022 population and housing census is US$85.5 million and the government of Zimbabwe has pledged to contribute 83% of the total budget while the remaining  is likely to be taken up by development partners. Officiating at the Resource Mobilisation meeting for the 2022 population and housing census, Finance and Economic Development minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said…

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Nutrition Boost For Rushinga Pregnant & Lactating Women

HUNDREDS of women are set to benefit from a food distribution program targeting pregnant and lactating women in Rushinga through a partnership between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Food Program (WFP). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Rushinga The food relief consignment is also part of the WFP lean season assistance in 21 wards of Rushinga district where a total of 5187 beneficiaries in Rushinga which constitutes to 10999 households are set to benefit. At Rutuka, Ward 9 in Rushinga at least six women received the food…

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UNFPA Urges Zim To Scale Up Fight Against Teen Pregnancies

Young Preganant Women at Tariro Clinic and Youty Centre

VISITING United Nations Population Fund East and Southern Africa (UNFPA-ESARO) regional Director, Dr Julitta Onabanjo has applauded Zimbabwe’s health institutions for successfully integrating sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services a move she says would go a long in way in responding to the unfinished business regarding access to quality health services. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Obananjo came into the country last week for the 6th edition of the Africaan Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) summit and she also took time to tour health facilities in Bulawayo and Matebelalnd province.  Speaking to…

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UNFPA Zimbabwe Donates Vehicle For Anti Domestic Violence Council Activities

THE United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) Zimbabwe has donated a Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle to help the Anti-Domestic Violence Council (ADVC) reach usually missed remote areas . By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the handover ceremony, UNFPA Zimbabwe country director Dr Esther Muia said they have been supporting ADVC since its inception through understanding their role in Domestic Violence Act, tabling it in parliament and helping to build capacity as well as developing the Anti Domestic Violence Council first strategic plan. She said the vehicle was meant to improve access in…

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Speakout Campaign Against GBV Launched in Epworth

A  campaign to eliminate  Gender Based Violence (GBV) at community level was today (11/12/19) launched in Epworth, Harare amidst indications that government and partners are in the process of setting up a One-Stop Centre for GBV survivors in the same area. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch of the Speakout: No Longer Silent Campaign in Epworth, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprise Development Provincial Development Officer Mr Ernest Chimbodza said the only way communities can end GBV is by uniting and exposing acts of Sexual Gender…

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Chinhoyi One Stop Centre For GBV Survivors Launched

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched the One Stop center for  survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Chinhoyi in an effort to improve access to services for survivors of Gender Based Violence By Michael Gwarisa The GBV One-stop centre is part of the Zero Tolerance for GBV 365 National programme and has been birthed from a partnership between the UNFPA, the governments of Britain, Ireland, Sweden and the European Unione (EU) through support from the ministry of Gender and Community development. Speaking at the launch, UNFPA country…

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Tourism Industry Could Fund Zim Healthcare

HEALTH experts have called on Zimbabwe’s government to consider broadening the health financing net by tapping into better performing sectors such as tourism among others. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health sector is currently reeling from under-funding with majority of financial resources coming from donors and the international community. However, there have been growing calls from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and health economists to consider mobilising domestic financial resources to fund health sector operations. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Assistant Country Representative, Abigail Msemburi said the tourism sector was currently one…

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Major Commitments Mark ICPD Summit Opening

THE summit to mark 25 years since the International Population Development (ICPD) kicked off today (November, 12 2019) in Nairobi, Kenya amidst major commitments by governments, civil society and private sector organisations to accelerate access to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and young people. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi Kenya The commitments are being made during the three-day Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, taking place 25 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development, in Cairo, where 179 governments adopted an action plan for women’s empowerment…

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#ICPD25: New HIV Infections In Girls Could Derail 2020 HIV Targets

THE United Nations Population fund (UNFPA), has called on African governments to invest heavily towards HIV prevention measures so as to reduce the growing burden of new HIV infections amongst young adolescent girls and women in East and Southern Africa. By Michael Gwarisa in Narobi, Kenya Briefing Journalists during the ICPD summit Media consultation and orientation workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), UNFPA ESARO SRHR/HIV Technical Specialist, Richard Delate said even though new infections had reduced amongst the adult population, the young female population was under siege.…

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