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Nutrition and health in Zimbabwe

Families receive food to improve nutritional status on Zimbabwe.

Nutritious food for families

In the rural districts of Zimbabwe, the prevalence of HIV means a shortage of healthy adults to work the land. This, combined with other challenges such as recurring drought, has led to a sharp decline in agricultural productivity, resulting in food insecurity and the inability of many families to meet the nutritional needs of their children.

As the poorest of the poor, women and children are the most at risk, with malnourished mothers significantly compromised in their ability to breastfeed, work and care for their children.

To address the pressing health aspect of this complex issue, with your sponsorship, we’ve collaborated with the United Nations World Food Programme, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care, and over 100 district health centres to implement a nutritional recovery project.

Hundreds of fully trained front line health workers are now actively screening women and children for malnutrition and ensuring those in need get support such as ongoing monitoring, food rations, and medical interventions, as well as microfinance and training to help improve household food security (and income) through activities like gardening.

Each month, the project reaches over 27,000 people affected by food insecurity. We also registered 10,000 new people for nutritional monitoring in one three-month period, while nearly 40 health centres are now operating as food distribution points.

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