Transition fund breathes new life into Zimbabwe's health system
CHIVI, Zimbabwe, 11 July 2013 – With the first pangs of labour pain, Mercy Muchero started out on the long walk from her village in southeast Zimbabwe’s Chivi district to the nearest hospital. But she miscalculated how long it would take to get there. “Suddenly, I felt my water break. The child was on its way,” the 26-year-old recalls.
UNICEF Executive Director visits school and clinic benefitting from essential supplies in Zimbabwe
GOROMONZI DISTRICT, Zimbabwe, 11 March 2013 – Twelve-year-old Macronald Moyo diligently finishes the classwork for one of his favourite subjects – English.
In Zimbabwe, the disability that prevents Munashe from using his hands proves no barrier to his education
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, 28 December 2012 – At King George IV School of the Disabled, 17-year-old Munashe Chikuvanyanga, a Form 1 student, is taking a final examination in mathematics.
In Zimbabwe, village health workers play an essential role in the primary healthcare system and the fight against HIV/AIDS
ZIMBABWE, 29 November 2012 - In Zimbabwe, you need at least two things to be a village health worker like Viola Chapwanya. One is a bicycle. The other is impossible to buy.
Zimbabwe Education system on the road to recovery
CHEGUTU, Zimbabwe 11 July, 2012—Owen Simon from Bryn School in Chegutu District towers above most of his fellow Grade 5 classmates. At 16 years old, Owen should be in his second year of secondary education but due to circumstances beyond his control, he finds himself in Grade 5.
Pneumococcal vaccine launched in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 31 July 2012 – At Kuwadzana Polyclinic, in a surburb of Harare, 3-month-old Joe Mahachi was the first child to receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV 13), which protects children against pneumonia, the world’s leading killer of children under age 5.
In Zimbabwe, the Education Transition Fund is rewriting Zimbabwe’s education system
Harare, Zimbabwe, 11 July 2012 – Using a machine resembling a typewriter, 15-year-old Kubulani Mbusa creates an embossed pattern on a white page. “This is my name,” he said proudly.
In Zimbabwe, a weeklong immunization campaign focuses on ending preventable diseases
SEKE, Zimbabwe, 27 June 2012 – At 10 a.m., Seke Rural North Clinic was a hive of activity. It was the first day of the National Immunization Days, a countrywide immunization campaign, and the turnout was huge.
Zimbabwe’s Health Transition Fund receives a ₤50 million boost to save women’s and children’s lives
CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe, 23 February 2012 – In a move to reverse the high maternal and child mortality rates in Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom has strengthened its partnership with UNICEF Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare by announcing a ₤50 million (US$78.4 million) injection into the Health Transition Fund, a fund geared towards strengthening health systems to ultimately save the lives of more than 30,000 children under age 5 and pregnant women.
In Zimbabwe, improving water systems to safeguard children's health
SHURUGWI, Zimbabwe, 16 February 2012 – Emily Butau used to wake up every day dreading the task of collecting water for her family. After sending her three children off to school, she would embark on a long journey to find and then carry home water.
In Zimbabwe, school grants provide equal learning opportunities to girls
BULILIMA, Zimbabwe, 7 December 2011 – After completing the fourth grade at the top of her class, 13-year-old Ellen Mbedzi was forced to drop out of Mafeha Primary School in Bulilima, a district in south-western Zimbabwe. Her unemployed father did not see the value of spending the family’s limited resources on a girl.
Zimbabwe’s successful Education Transition Fund enters second phase
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 18 November 2011 –Following the successful distribution of 15 million textbooks countrywide, the Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF and the international donor community, will distribute an additional seven million textbooks to all 2,345 secondary schools while simultaneously launching the second phase of the Education Transition Fund.
Zimbabwe launches health transition fund to revitalize care for children and women
MARONDERA, Zimbabwe, 2 November 2011 — In a move to revitalise Zimbabwe’s ailing health system, the Government, in partnership with UNICEF and international donors, has launched the Health Transition Fund to reduce the country’s high maternal and child mortality rates.
Singer Prudence Mabhena appointed UNICEF National Ambassador for Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 31 October 2011 – As a child growing up in Victoria Falls, Prudence Mabhena experienced the rejection, abandonment and neglect that often characterizes the lives of children living with disabilities in Zimbabwe: She was abandoned by her parents and left in the care of her grandmother.
UNICEF education initiative provides support to thousands of Zimbabwean children
ZAKA, Zimbabwe, 28 October 2011 – “My mother was buried among those trees,” eight-year-old Esnat said solemnly as she pointed to her mother’s grave in Zaka district, in southern Zimbabwe. “I was then taken in by the neighbours – they say they can only give me food and shelter, but cannot pay my fees."
UNICEF education initiative provides support to thousands of Zimbabwean children
UNICEF education initiative provides support to thousands of Zimbabwean children
New national action plan benefits Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable children and families
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 30 September 2011 - After both his parents died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2002, Stephen*, 13, who is HIV-positive, went to live with his older brother, but soon ran away to the dangerous streets of Hatcliffe after enduring months of abuse at the hands of his sister-in-law.
Zimbabwe’s children advocate for Bill of Rights in the new Constitution
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 16 September 2011 – This past July, the 19th Session of Zimbabwe’s Junior Parliament officially opened, with the incoming Child President, Anesu Rangwani pledging a greater role by children in the crafting of a new constitution that should incorporate a separate Bill of Rights for children.
'Young People We Care' volunteers assist vulnerable households in Zimbabwe
NYANGA, Zimbabwe, 27 July 2011 – Ambuya Sylvia Nyawera is an elderly woman from Dombo village in the rural Nyanga area of Zimbabwe, about 300 km east of Harare. She sits cross-legged in her small kitchen, palm on her cheek, looking miserable.
In Zimbabwe, Braille textbooks provide more chidren with equal access to learning
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 30 June 2011 – Laura Muzambi, 12, is reading a story which begins with the author writing about a girl called Mary. He describes in detail her glossy red hair, dazzling eyes and colourful dress.
Government of Japan gives new life to Zimbabwe immunization programme
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 20 April 2011 – Peter Manjoro straps his 11-month-old baby on his back and clutches his sons Ngoni, 5, and Takudzwa, 8, by the hand as they begin the 15-km journey to the nearest vaccination point. For this farm labourer, it is a journey he can afford to take only once year.
UNICEF report: Rights of women and children remain critical in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 22 March 2011 – Tanaka Zoma, 14, is in seventh grade at Musarava Primary School in Zaka, Masvingo Province. He should be in ninth grade like most of his friends.
Rights advocate Graça Machel pledges support for Zimbabwean children at risk
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 6 December 2010 – A chance to laugh and dance, to talk, share, learn from the experiences of others – this was the opportunity a group of Zimbabwean children had recently when child rights advocate Graça Machel spent the morning with them in Harare.
Reviving health services could close gaps in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 19 October 2010 – Alongside her unemployed husband, Mutsa Mbore, 27, endured the excruciating pains of labour all night at their home in Mount Hampden, about 15 km west of Harare. The baby arrived in the early hours of the morning, but for Ms. Mbore, the bleeding and pains continued long after giving birth.
Zimbabwe welcomes youth voices in constitutional review
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 30 September 2010 – Among his peers, Simba Chikukwa, 13, is hardly noticeable. His small stature is overshadowed by the others. It is only when he stands up to speak that all eyes and ears focus on the young man from Gutu district, some 250 km from Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.
UNICEF and partners bring textbooks to students across Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 14 September 2010 – As Zimbabwe’s schools open for the final term of the year, UNICEF and its partners, along with the Government of Zimbabwe, are distributing textbooks to over 5,575 primary schools throughout the country.
Calling for accelerated action, UN and Zimbabwe Government launch nutrition survey results
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 30 July 2010 – The Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, the United Nations and the Zimbabwe Food and Nutrition Council (FNC) have launched new data on the nutritional status of Zimbabwe’s children, revealing that more than one third of Zimbabwe’s children under the age of five are chronically malnourished and consequently stunted.
Young Zimbabwean featured in 'Music by Prudence' champions disability rights
NEW YORK, USA, 15 June 2010 – The second Millennium Development Goal calls for universal primary education for all boys and girls, and Article 23 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child says that all children with disabilities have the right to special care and support so they can live full and independent lives. But for many children with diabilities in developing countries – especially in rural areas – few opportunities for education are accessible.
Successful measles immunization campaign wraps up in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 8 June 2010 – Early one recent morning at Rutsanana Clinic in Glen Norah, Harare, hundreds of women were eagerly waiting outside the clinic to have their babies immunized.
Massive measles vaccination campaign under way in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 24 May 2010 – In Zimbabwe this week, a huge programme to vaccinate 5 million children against measles, dubbed the national Child Health Days initiative, is kicking off.
European Union grant supports textbooks for every child in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 24 March 2010 – The European Commission has given $10.6 million to help ensure that every schoolchild in Zimbabwe has textbooks.
Leaders join with young people to celebrate child rights in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 15 December 2009 - Leaders in Zimbabwe’s Inclusive Government joined with the rest of world in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Zimbabwe children’s parliament speaks out on rights issues
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 6 November 2009 – The 17th session of the Children’s Parliament, a programme of the Zimbabwe Youth Council, opened recently with the aim of spurring the government into action to ensure child survival and empowerment.
Celebrating handwashing with soap in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 21 October, 2009 – Approximately one million Zimbabweans lathered up their hands with soap and water last week as they joined in on the worldwide commemorations of Global Handwashing Day.
UNICEF and partners launch massive effort to reinvigorate Zimbabwe’s schools
NEW YORK, USA, 14 September 2009 – UNICEF and its partners are launching a massive campaign in Zimbabwe to get textbooks into school classrooms.
Outreach vaccination in Zimbabwe during Child Health Days.
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 18 June 2009 – UNICEF recently supported a successful round of outreach vaccinations during 'Child Health Days'. The intensive five-day campaign reached even the most remote communities in Zimbabwe.
UNICEF Executive Director meets with Zimbabwe Prime Minister
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 12 June 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met today with Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and three of his government ministers.
Cholera cases in Zimbabwe near 100,000 as 'Twin Disaster' continues
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 3 June 2009 – Zimbabweans continue to suffer through the worst cholera outbreak in Africa in fifteen years. According to a new report by the Red Cross, nearly 100,000 cases of cholera have been reported throughout the country, and over four thousand people have died.
Cholera outbreaks raise concern in nine Southern African countries
NEW YORK, USA, 10 March 2009 – With the peak of the rainy season already months past, cholera remains a problem for the governments of nine Southern African countries.
In South Africa, few comforts await children fleeing Zimbabwe
MUSINA, South Africa, 2 March 2009 – Gift Dube (not his real name) was 11 when his father abandoned the family and his mother died. Six years later, he is still on his own in the South African border town of Musina, where thousands of Zimbabweans have joined him as economic crises and a cholera outbreak force a massive migration from their country.
Migrants face humanitarian crisis on South Africa’s border with Zimbabwe
MUSINA, South Africa, 22 January 2009 – A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the South African border town of Musina. Historically the transit point for migrants seeking work in the country’s larger cities, it has now become the entry point for many desperate Zimbabweans fleeing the economic and social collapse in their country.
Executive Director visits Zimbabwe, with new support for health workers fighting cholera
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 17 January 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, has announced a $5 million incentive package aimed at rescuing the ailing Zimbabwean health sector. Speaking at the end of her two-day visit to Zimbabwe, Veneman highlighted the need for major stakeholders to put children at the forefront of their collective agenda.
Helping an overwhelmed clinic respond to cholera in Chirundu, Zimbabwe
CHIRUNDU, Zimbabwe, 9 January 2009 – Cholera victims were in agony on the damp grass outside an overfilled clinic in Chinrundu, a small community in the Northwest region of Zimbabwe. The rural clinic, which only has the capacity to treat eight patients, has been overwhelmed by the cholera emergency; its staff has already witnessed 185 cases and 16 deaths.
UNICEF appeals for help as asylum-seekers flee Zimbabwe for South Africa
MUSINA BORDER, South Africa, 5 January 2008 – Women and children sit on a patch of grass under one of a few leafy trees that lessen the heat from the harsh midday sun. They are among the most recent asylum-seekers who are flooding across the border from Zimbabwe.
Nigel's Story: The tragedy of Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 19 December 2008 – Deep grief is evident in Nigel Chigudu's eyes. In a tortured voice, he slowly recounts the harrowing tragedy that saw him lose five siblings in five hours to the cholera epidemic that has been sweeping across Zimbabwe.
Cholera claims young lives in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 15 December 2008 – Sarah Masarakufa is still in mourning. Her two-year-old daughter, Shumirai, succumbed to cholera two months ago.
Widespread collapse of social services creates 'twin disaster' in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 5 December 2008 – After a widespread breakdown in social services, the Government of Zimbabwe declared a national cholera crisis on Wednesday. The country’s health sector has collapsed and hospitals are closing, creating a ‘twin national disaster’.
Treating child malnutrition as Zimbabwe grapples with raging inflation
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 29 October 2008 – Two-year-old Appreciate lies in a bed at the at Harare Central Hospital. At just under 10 kg, he shows many signs of severe malnutrition: a swollen stomach, dry scaly skin and hollow, sunken eyes.
Ban on humanitarian aid threatens Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable children
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 12 June 2008 – Last week, the authorities here banned non-governmental organizations from distributing aid throughout the country. For many Zimbabweans already suffering from food shortages and rampant inflation, the lack of aid could prove disastrous.
Conditions in Zimbabwe could reach crisis levels if violence continues
NEW YORK, USA, 21 May 2008 – Continued violence in Zimbabwe is threatening the health and safety of children across the country. Since the disputed elections of 29 March, thousands of Zimbabweans have fled their homes and hundreds have been injured in politically motivated attacks.
Zimbabwe’s youth overcome bitter odds to fight AIDS
ALASKA, Zimbabwe, 28 December 2007 – A bright voice and the sound of drums cut through the low hum of the old mill. Suddenly, the sleepy mining town of Alaska, a few hours north of Zimbabwe’s capital, transforms into a carnival of song and dance.
Zimbabwe’s Child Health Days help to reduce measles and boost child survival
MUPANDAWANA, Zimbabwe, 29 November 2007 – One can still see the legacy of polio in the limping walks of a handful of villagers in Mupandawana, a small community with a population of just 300.
Illness rises as desperate residents seek safe water in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, 14 November 2007 – Twice each day, 72-year-old Emily Ncube struggles to hoist a 25-litre bucket of water onto her head. It is a gruelling chore for the frail women but a better option, she says, than making another trip to the clinic with a sick grandchild.
Multiple community programmes simultaneously fight HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, 6 November 2007 – Cabby Chinamasa has just spent half his day teaching gym to energetic seventh graders, but the 23-year-old gymnastics teacher is not resting yet. His next assignment is even more ambitious: He is working as a youth volunteer on the UNICEF-supported programme, ‘Kicking AIDS Out Through Sport’.
Zimbabwean grandmothers help build a school for their community’s children
NYAMKUWARA, Zimbabwe, 15 August 2007 – Standing in a ditch, her feet and knees hidden in soiled water, her face splattered with dried mud and her body tiring from the labour, 60-year-old Agnes Mutima looks like a worker in a diamond mine.
Norway Cup gives girls from Harare a chance to triumph
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 26 July 2007 - With all the confidence of a world-class soccer star, Omega Mpini, 13, shrugs off the compliments of her teammates and runs back into position. All eyes are on the young girl leaping several feet in the air, volleying the ball across the pitch. As they say in these parts: Goal!
UNICEF expands its outreach to children affected by HIV in Zimbabwe
GOROMONZI DISTRICT, Zimbabwe, 20 July 2007 – With temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius, Lillian, 13, scoops water from a well. It’s just before six in the morning and she has 90 minutes to get the water back to her hut, collect wood, start a fire, make breakfast for her family and, finally, walk a kilometre to school.
In Zimbabwe, Child Health Days focus on polio immunization
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 28 June 2007 – On cue, the mothers clutch their babies and fall in with military precision. Vaccine cold boxes are lined up in the shade alongside them. Within a few minutes, a classroom has been transformed into an outreach immunization point for Zimbabwe’s biannual Child Health Days campaign.
Safe water project eases the burden for children affected by AIDS in Zimbabwe
BULILIMA-MANGWE, Zimbabwe, 25 April 2007 – As a child, Nomagugu Ncube had a dream. She wanted to be a dressmaker making people look cool and beautiful. But since her sister died and her mother fell sick with HIV, she has had to put her dream on hold.
German Government donation to aid vulnerable youth in Zimbabwe
ZIMBABWE, 26 February 2007 – Tinashe was just eight when he lost his mother to AIDS. His father disappeared soon after her burial, leaving Tinashe and his younger brother in the care of their ailing grandmother.
Donors come together for Zimbabwe’s orphans and vulnerable children
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 22 February 2007 – In a one-room hut with a torn blanket for a door, Miriam, 16, lives with her six younger siblings.
UN Special Envoy cites key humanitarian issues on final mission to southern Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 13 December 2006 – The future of southern Africa depends on how governments cope with the orphan crisis and the effects of HIV/AIDS in the region, said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in southern Africa, James Morris.
Insecticide-treated nets take a bite out of malaria epidemic in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 13 December 2006 - Young Prince Mafunga was suffering under the weight of his malaria symptoms. For two days, he had a high fever, his head throbbed relentlessly and his joints burnt.
A success story for girls' education in Zimbabwe
NEW YORK, USA, 20 November 2006 – “For most girls in Zimbabwe, access to an education is really a privilege and not a right,” says Winnie Farao, 26, explaining how the high cost of education, exacerbated by hyperinflation, has made girls’ education a “second priority” in her country.
Sports programme helps children fight AIDS and abuse in Zimbabwe
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, 9 November 2006 – Betty Mahomva, 9, ties her hair into a ponytail, stretches her legs and concentrates. She and her classmates are playing a game, but they are also learning an important lesson – how to avoid HIV/AIDS.
Teen speaks out at launch of girls’ education strategic plan in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 18 October 2006 – My name is Fransisca Nyabvure I am 18 years old. I am doing my lower six at Darwin High school, in northern Zimbabwe. I live with my grandparents. My parents are dead.
AIDS crisis strains family life in Zimbabwe
MURAMBINDA, Zimbabwe, 26 September 2006 – In a rundown pole and dagga hut, where the only piece of furniture is an old paraffin lamp, Mwaimbodei Chamutsa lives with her five grandchildren.
Communities find innovative ways to raise money for students in Zimbabwe
BUHERA, Zimbabwe, 5 September 2006 – Like all Zimbabweans, the people of Buhera endure some of the world’s worst inflation, crippling unemployment and an HIV emergency. But there is another basic need the children here are missing – enough money to pay for their ever-rising school fees.
Vitamin A health campaign targets Zimbabwean children under five
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 27 July 2006 – To rousing applause Irene Mwedziwendira steps forward with her twins at a demonstration on the benefits of taking vitamin A. At just under 160cm, she is not a tall woman, and her strides are small. But their meaning is massive. She is a member of one of Zimbabwe’s largest religious sects – the Apostolic – which bans immunization for children. Mrs. Mwedziwendira’s steps are nothing less than a leap of faith.
A community builds a school for its children with help from the UK and UNICEF
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 19 June 2006 – She has built a family. She has built a business, and built her own home. And now 72-year old Mavis Chanakira is building a school. As bulls heave a cart spilling with sand, builders give free instructions, and men mix and lay cement, Mrs. Chanakira and scores of women act as a conveyer belt, passing bricks down the line.
Strength and tears: Angélique Kidjo sees toll of HIV on children in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 8 May 2006 – From an early age, children are told to reach for the stars but very rarely does a star reach out to them. Angélique Kidjo is one star who does.
A mother grieves for three children who could have been saved from HIV/AIDS
MABYUKU, Zimbabwe, 27 February 2006 – Three years ago Zvanyadza Njanji met her second husband. They stayed in Harare’s struggling township of Mabvuku, home to some of Zimbabwe’s poorest citizens.
Girls' education and empowerment in Zimbabwe
HURUNGWE, Zimbabwe, 24 January 2006 - Ten -year-old Mitchell Gwatidzo shudders as she retells the story of her little friend who was abused by her uncle. In her crisply ironed blue uniform, Mitchell boldly raises an issue that more and more Zimbabwean children are speaking out about.
Zimbabwe: Home based care workers offer comfort and support
CHITUNGWIZA, Zimbabwe, 19 December 2005 - Pauros is one of millions of people living with HIV in Zimbabwe who goes without antiretroviral drugs. Instead, he finds solace, if not health, in one of UNICEF supported home based care workers, Loveness.
Zimbabwe launches UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS Campaign
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 25 October 2005 – “At times we have no food at home for lunch or supper. At times I avoid playing with those who have food at school, fearing they may think I am in need. I always feel this way.” Eleven-year-old Jane Mushaninga, who has been orphaned by AIDS, received rousing applause when she spoke at the Zimbabwean launch of UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS.
Another side of UNICEF’s support in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 22 August 2005 – As Zimbabwe faces growing isolation because of the controversial policies of its government, UNICEF has been appealing to the international community to look beyond the politics and focus on the children and people of the country. Now more than ever – amid drought, grave economic troubles, and political polarization – Zimbabweans need the support of the donor community.
UNICEF launches Child Health Days in Zimbabwe
KARIBA, Zimbabwe, 8 August 2005 - It was a good day for Chipos Mafukidze, a 22-year-old mother of two. First, both her children received a vitamin A supplement. Then they were given a bed net to prevent mosquitoes biting…and spreading malaria. Neither of Chipo’s children had ever received Vitamin A before, and her eldest – who is just three – is only now recovering from a bout of malaria.
Zimbabwe: Helping the people hit hardest by evictions
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 8 August 2005 - Barbara Fero has always been a survivor. Having overcome poverty to raise her nine-year-old disabled daughter after the death of her husband – all while living with HIV/AIDS – Barbara felt she could surmount any challenge.
Forced evictions and demolitions continue despite UN condemnation
PORTA FARM, Zimbabwe, 27 July 2005 – Twenty-four hours after UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy on human settlements, Anna Tibaijuka, called for an immediate end to demolitions and evictions in Zimbabwe, thousands of people at Porta Farm – a settlement 20 km from the capital, Harare – watched helplessly as bulldozers destroyed their homes, for the second time in a month.
Zimbabwe: Mass evictions leave thousands of children homeless
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 15 July 2005 - Unlike many thirteen-year-olds, Sirinko didn’t celebrate when he was forced to miss his mid-year exams. Two weeks ago he returned home from school to find his home - and scores around it - reduced to rubble.
UNICEF calls for donor support to assist thousands displaced by forced evictions
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 1 July 2005 - Three-year-old Taniya stands still and sobs as thick clouds of dust churn through the air. Three weeks ago her parents’ home was demolished as part of a controversial government effort to ‘clean up’ cities and fight the black market across Zimbabwe.
$1.5m needed to help children and families forcibly evicted in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 28 June 2005 – Thirteen-year-old Rose was at school when government bulldozers came to her house. By the time she got home, they’d flattened it.
Helping homeless victims of forced evictions in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 20 June 2005 – Mbuya (Granny) Mushambi is everything you could ask for in a grandmother. For the past six years she has been raising four grandchildren left in her care after her own children died from AIDS-related causes. But today eighty-year-old Mushambi does not know how she can continue to support her family.
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman heads to southern Africa
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 20 May 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman’s first field visit, to the southern Africa region, comes at a time of crisis – a quiet, unseen crisis away from the media spotlight.
Zimbabwe: World Music superstar Femi Kuti brings hope to children
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 7 May 2005 – Pop superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Femi Kuti took time to connect with the children of Zimbabwe during his recent visit as the headline act of Harare’s International Festival of the Arts.
HIV/AIDS: A deadly crisis each day in Zimbabwe
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, 24 March 2005 – In a small corroded tin shack, 71-year-old Emma Mlavzi lives with her 10 grandchildren. Their parents, Emma’s children, are all dead – a family destroyed by AIDS.
Zimbabwe’s forgotten children
JOHANNESBURG, 17 March 2005 - As Zimbabwe prepares for national elections, UNICEF today released startling new statistics about the state of the country’s children. Since 1990, the under-five mortality rate has risen 50 per cent, and one in five Zimbabwean children are now orphans – a result of the severe HIV/AIDS crisis affecting the country.
UK donates $3 million to fight malaria in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 24 February 2005 - The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), a strong supporter of malaria prevention across the globe, is helping Zimbabwe battle malaria with a donation of $3 million through UNICEF.
Giving hope to children orphaned by AIDS
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 16 February 2005 - For sixteen-year old Kristen, every day is a long one.
Lavender and Learnmore: Two faces of Zimbabwe’s orphan crisis
ZVISHAVANE, Zimbabwe, October 2004— Of the 16 children who tend a small nutrition garden in Zimbabwe’s Midlands, 14-year-old Lavender is one of the few who still has a mother.
New Zealand jumps in to help AIDS orphans
Saving young lives: Zimbabwe’s health system struggles to cope
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 7 October 2004 – For the last 8 years, Wendy Poppie has worked at Kahobo clinic, in the remote part of Gokwe North in Western Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe AIDS orphans struggle to get back to school
HARARE, Zimbabwe 8 July 2004—Almost a million children in Zimbabwe have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Faced with extreme poverty and forced to look after themselves, it’s little wonder many have dropped out of school.