Stunting, Wasting and Overweight drops in Zim

ZIMBABWE has been doing relatively well in improving the nutrition for children under five years over the past ten years as it reduced the stunting prevalence to 21.6 percent in 2022 from 31.1 percent in 2012, a joint United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) and World Bank report shows. By Kuda Pembere For stunting Zimbabwe is in the high threshold. As for overweight, in 2012, the southern African country had a prevalence of 4.6 percent decreasing it to 2.7 percent in 2022 with a low threshold. The prevalence rate for wasting…

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Zimbabwe records more than 95% measles vaccination coverage in Apostolic sects

FOLLOWING a measles outbreak that spread throughout the country in 2022, killing and infecting mainly unvaccinated children from apostolic sects in Zimbabwe, the country has witnessed an increase in coverage for measles vaccination in apostolic groups. By Michael Gwarisa The measles outbreak was first recorded in Mutasa District in Manicaland Province where several unvaccinated children from the Marange Apostolic sect, a highly vaccine hesitant group, succumbed to Measles before spreading to some parts of Mashonaland and Midlands provinces. According to data from Amnesty International Zimbabwe, 750 children below the age…

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The Big Catch Up: Zimbabwe Launches Integrated Vaccination Drive To Cover Lost Ground

IN a move that is set to catapult Zimbabwe’s vaccination coverage to dizzy heights, the country has already started implementing an integrated vaccination drive in communities mainly prioritizing  Human papillomavirus vaccines (HPV), COVID-19, Tetanus and Diphtheria (DT). By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s integrated vaccination drive is in line with the “The Big Catch-up”, a targeted global effort to boost vaccination among children following declines driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign is being led by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates…

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UNICEF launches communication campaign on health, highlighting frontline health workers

Village health workers and nurses at primary health facilities are crucial in ensuring access to basic health services in Zimbabwe. To highlight their work, UNICEF is launching a “Champions of Health” communication campaign through different communication channels. The campaign will coincide with the upcoming World Water Day later this month, as well as World Health Day and the Immunization Week in April.  By Staff Reporter  Zimbabwe has made some notable progress in providing access to basic health services. This progress was primarily made possible by Zimbabwe’s adoption of the Primary…

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French Government supports routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination in Zimbabwe

WITH World Health Day commemorations slated for April 8, 2023 looming, the Ambassador of France, HE Laurent Chevallier, and the French Regional Counselor for Global Health in Southern Africa, Dr Thomas Mourez, recently had a field visit in Harare assessing how the country is faring in routine immunization. The visit was facilitated by the Ministry of Health and Child Care and UNICEF. By Staff Reporter The visit comes after the French Government contributed 2.5 million USD towards the COVAX facility programme. The funding will strengthen routine immunization and the integration…

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United Kingdom Celebrates Health Development Fund Milestones

THE just closed out Health Development Fund (HDF) resulted in the improvement of basic health indicators over the past five year period the fund was operational in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The US$320 million Health Development Fund to strengthen Zimbabwe’s health systems was launched in 2017 by the United Kingdom (UK), European Union (EU), Ireland, Sweden and GAVI working with the Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF, UNFPA and the implementers. Speaking during an event to mark the HDF showcase and launch of the Health Resilience Fund (HRF), United Kingdom Ambassador to…

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Harare records 150 percent increase in child malnutrition

THERE is reportedly been a sharp increase in malnutrition cases in Harare mainly in children below the age of five at the back poor living and dietary conditions, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Reliable sources from within the City of Harare Nutrition department who spoke to this publication revealed that malnutrition was rising at an alarming rate. What we have noticed in the statistics that we are currently having now is that 90 percent of the affected are children below the age of five. Comparing 2021 and 2022 data,…

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Zimbabwe Underground Water Could Run Dry In Our Lifetime

UNREGULATED pumping and extraction of ground water for both domestic and industrial purposes is putting a strain of Zimbabwe’s underground water, with indications that the resource could deplete in the foreseeable future, water experts have warned. By Michael Gwarisa The warning comes in the wake of increased extraction of underground water due to unplanned urbanization which has resulted in the sprouting of new settlements where land developers and city authorities are settling people in areas where there are no basic amenities such as piped running water. Renowned Hydrologist with the…

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Feli Nandi uses music to fight early child marriages

HAVING been married when she was around the age of 18 herself, songstress Felistas “Feli Nandi” Chipendo believes the world can be a better place if and when the girl child is allowed to be in school longer and if she is not rushed into marriage for any reason. By Michael Gwarisa According to UNICEF data, child marriage remains widespread in Zimbabwe and one woman out of every three was married before the age of 18. In Zimbabwe, some of the major drivers of child marriages include poverty, lack of…

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Climate Actions need to be Child-Centered

Ahead of the COP27, Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF hosted a high-level dialogue to take stock of the climate change challenges and concluded with a strong call for children to be at the heart of climate change strategies and actions. Harare, 31 October 2022 – Ahead of the (27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC) COP27, which will be held from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt), the Ministry of Environment, Tourism, Climate & Hospitality Industry and UNICEF…

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