Apostolic umbrella body launches three year strategic plan on maternal and child health, early marriages and access to education
By Richard Nyamanhindi
The Union for the Development of Apostolic Churches in Zimbabwe Africa (UDACIZA), an umbrella body representing the local apostolic churches, has agreed to work with government and other partners in ensuring that it changes members’ perception on maternal and child health, early marriages and access to education.
UDACIZA launched a three year strategic plan seeking to address issues affecting women and children in their sects.
The apostolic churches umbrella body agreed to engage its members most of whom
refuse to seek health services based on spiritual beliefs.
According to the recently released census report, 38 percent of the population is apostolic.
The Millennium Development Goals progress report released recently noted that the apostolic sects in the country have been a major contributor to the high rate of maternal mortality and have hampered efforts to reduce maternal mortality by 2015.
Pregnant women are still not allowed to
visit health institutions and are made to deliver their babies at home, often
leading to maternal deaths due to complications. The sects also currently
prohibit immunization of babies, contributing a great deal to child mortality.
The level of education of the mother has a correlation with infant and child