UNICEF has been procuring over 80% of Zimbabwe’s essential medicines. As an emergency interim measure UNICEF airlifted Midwifery and Obstetrics kits. Under the emergency cholera response UNICEF has provided of intravenous (IV) fluids and ORS sachets. UNICEF successfully scaled-up malaria interventions (coverage of insecticide-treated nets increased from below 10 per cent to over 70 per cent in high malaria-transmission districts).
Through innovative community outreach child health days, UNICEF helped raise Vitamin A supplementation from less than10 per cent to 82 per cent coverage and provides immunisation for 1.5 million children under five each year.
In the nutrition sector, UNICEF has been procuring plumpy nut and F75 to for the treatment of severe malnutrition. More than 421 therapeutic centres have been set up countrywide to circumvent the prevalence of malnutrition among Zimbabwean children.
UNICEF has also supported the availability of PMTCT services to 10 districts throughout Zimbabwe and is supporting community cadres to provide follow up support to HIV positive women and their infants.
As a measures of buffering the salaries of health professionals, UNICEF has supproted the health services retention scheme which provides retention allowances to all the government health professionals and is looking at an overall health investment case to support the health sector in a more sustained manner.