Stunting Remains Zimbabwe’s Leading Form Of Malnutrition In Children- ZimVAC 2020

CHILD Stunting continues to slow efforts to address malnutrition in Zimbabwe amidst indications that stunting remains high at 29.4% for the children under the age of five according to the 2020 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey. By Michael Gwarisa According to the ZimVAC, the national stunting prevalence was reported to be 29.4% among children6-59 months. The Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate was 3.7% and below the WHO threshold for emergency. Children identified as underweight was 9.45 and comparable with other assessments Stunting remains high (29.4%) and the leading form…

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GOAL Zim Launches ECHO Lifesaving Nutrition Programme For Children

GOAL Zimbabwe, through funding from ECHO and in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), has launched a lifesaving nutrition programme which will reach almost a quarter of a million children under the age of five years over the next 12 months. HealthTimes Reporter The Nutrition Emergency Response for Early Detection and Treatment (NERET) project, which will roll out in Masvingo Rural, Bikita, Gutu, Buhera, Mutare Rural and Chipinge Districts, will support 243, 000 children diagnosed with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) with…

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WFP Scales Up Post-Harvest Season Food Assistance

WFP Country Rep Eddie Rowe

THE World Food Program (WFP) says it is already ramping up food aid for both rural and urban citizens beyond the harvest season amidst indications of an impending poor harvest at the back poor rains and a prolonged dry spell which characterised the early stages of the 2019-2020 agricultural season. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the handover of a US$200 000 food assistance facility for Tongoragara refugees, WFP Country Representative, Mr Eddie Rowe said they started preparing for the post-harvest period back in…

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ARV Stock-outs: More People Miss Doses In Chipinge

CHIPINGE recorded the highest number of households with members who missed Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) doses since beginning of the year 2019 at the back of drug stock outs amongst a host of other factors. By Michael Gwarisa Medicines stock-outs as for the period under review stood at 28% and was reported as the major reason for people missing ART doses while failure to access  health facilities  was at 20.9%, inadequate transport money to travel to health facilities 10.4% and forgetting to take medication by  members living with HIV 10.4%. According…

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Open Defecation Highest in Mat North

MATEBELELAND North recorded the highest number of households still practicing open defecation in the period 2018 to 2019, a Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey has reported. By Michael Gwarisa According to the report, 60% of households in Mat North practice open defecation against a 33% national defecation rate. Open defecation was practiced by 33% of households nationally, with the highest proportion being in Matabeleland North was 60%. Binga had the highest proportion of households was 74.3% practising open defecation. Twelve districts had more than 50% of households practising open…

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Brazil Extends US$50 000 To Cyclone Idai Hit Communities

THE World Food Program (WFP) has received a US$50 000 Cyclone Idai recovery financial injection from the government of Brazil, which will go towards addressing the cyclone affected communities’ health and nutrition needs. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the signing ceremony of the financial contribution from Brazil, WFP Representative, Mr  Eddie Rowe applauded Brazil for their gesture and hinted that they will be rolling out phase 3 of their resilience support program in August which targets to reach not less than 15 000 households and will focus on early recovery…

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WFP Food Assistance Targets 170 000 children and mothers

THE World Food Program (WFP) has rolled out a food assistance program in the country’s rural communities to reinforce the food security situation ahead of a catastrophic lean season which could see 1.1 million rural folks facing food shortages.   By Michael Gwarisa According to the Zimbabwe Vulnerablity Assesment Committee (Zimvac), a total of 1.1 million could face massive starvation in rural Zimbabwe in the forthcoming lean season and WFP hand-outs will target at least 30 priority districts located across all eight rural provinces. In an interview with HealthTimes, WFP’s…

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