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2013

Rural communities in Zimbabwe continue to face water and sanitation challenges – study.
Many rural communities in Zimbabwe continue to face a number of water, sanitation and hygiene challenges, with many women and children in some communities still having to walk 5-10 kilometres to get access to clean and safe water.

Changing lives through the provision of clean water in rural Zimbabwe
On a Wednesday afternoon in late October, in a ceremony punctuated by singing, dancing and ululating, the Zimbabwean village of Manjolo in Binga, Matebeleland North Province formally assumed ownership of a new borehole that provides clean water for its ne

Apostolic umbrella body launches three year strategic plan on maternal and child health, early marriages and access to education
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...

Barclays Bank donates to the Child Friendly National Budgeting Initiative in Zimbabwe
Barclays Bank Zimbabwe has donated an additional US$45 000 to the Child-Friendly National Budgeting Initiative (CFNBI) run by UNICEF in partnership with the Zimbabwe Youth Council to allow the participation of children in the budgeting processes so that t

Zimbabwe children tell their stories through one minute videos
Over the past week, seventeen children (nine girls and eight boys) from around the country created one minute videos to comment on their lives and to express their aspirations and fears.

UNICEF to distribute science kits to all secondary schools in Zimbabwe
After realizing the challenges facing the promotion and teaching of Science in Zimbabwe and the ever-increasing number of pupils failing the subject – the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education through its Strategic Plan (2011-2015)...

Children present priority issues for the 2014 National Budget
28 November 2013 - Several Child Cabinet Ministers met their senior counterparts to make submissions and recommendations from the Child Cabinet following a session held yesterday.

Children Priority Issues in the 2014 National Budget
28 November 2013 - Children are sometimes left out in crucial decision-making processes on matters that affect them, for various reasons.

UNICEF and partners join hands to give out of school children a second chance in Zimbabwe
November 2013 - Gertrude Dumbu, aged 15, grasps a piece of chalk firmly in her hand and carefully traces out the letters of a word on the makeshift blackboard in front of the class.

Revitalizing science education through the provision of equipment and teacher training in Zimbabwe
28 November 2013 -Sazilina Masukume has been teaching Science at Makotore Satellite Secondary School in Masvingo for more than a decade now. Since she started, she has seldom carried out practical science experiments...

Zimbabwe makes lifelong anti-retroviral treatment available to all HIV positive pregnant women
13 November 2013- The Vice President of Zimbabwe Hon. Joice Mujuru has launched OPTION B+ where all pregnant women who test HIV positive will immediately be placed on lifelong anti-retroviral treatment.

The Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF launch campaign against child sexual abuse
The government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development and UNICEF have launched a campaign against child sexual abuse and rape.

Media Workshop on Maternal and Child Health in Zimbabwe 2013
Journalists from various media houses in Zimbabwe are meeting in Masvingo for a workshop to better understand the operations of the Health Transition Fund (HTF).

Bicycles for Village Health Workers in rural Zimbabwe: modest, economical, life saving
Many rural communities in Zimbabwe continue to face a number of water, sanitation and hygiene challenges, with many women and children in some communities still having to walk 5-10 kilometres to get access to clean and safe water.

Zimbabwe commemorates Global Handwashing Day and National Sanitation Week
22 October 2013 - The Ministry of Health and Child Care together with UNICEF Zimbabwe commemorated the Global Handwashing Day jointly with the National Sanitation week on 18 October at Uzumba Primary School.

Zimbabwe launches an education strategy on life skills, sexuality and HIV and AIDS
19 October 2013 –The Government of Zimbabwe has called for increased access to knowledge and life skills for children and young people regarding their sexual and reproductive health and to HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

Life of a rural girl in Zimbabwe
October 2013 - In commemorating the second edition of the International Day of the Girl Child – I talked to Silibaziso Munkuli, aged 17 of Manjolo Village in Binga to understand some of the challenges she faces on a day-to-day basis and her aspirations.

Opinion: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits – the power is in our hands
October 2013 - Girls’ education is the single most powerful investment for development. Studies have shown that girls’ education is consistently associated with positive development outcomes such as reduced maternal mortality, smaller families and more.

Essay Competition: International Day of the Girl Child
7 October 2013 - On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

UNICEF and the Swedish Embassy in Zimbabwe meet to review progress
We appreciate your continued support for children’s rights in Zimbabwe that has ensured that children and women are put at the center of the country’s development efforts.

Village health workers break barriers in accessing healthcare in rural Zimbabwe
September 2013 - Susan Mavhunduke aged 40 is a village health worker in Wedza District – Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe. Susan and other village health workers have helped Zimbabwe raise its immunization coverage in the last four years.

The small PIMA device brings life-saving treatment to people living positively in Mwenezi District
5 September 2013 - Sister-in-Charge at Mwenezi District Hospital, Virginia Kudzerema walks comfortably with a small canvas bag slung over her shoulder. The bag contains the latest point-of-care technology – a PIMA device.

Access to clean water remains a challenge for rural women and girls
3 September 2013 - “My name is Tatenda Dhlakhama* from Chipinge District in Manicaland. Every morning I wake up at 5 a.m. to go and fetch water for the family. Sometimes my mother accompanies me to the water source, which is about 4km away from our home.

Educating Zimbabwe’s most disadvantaged children through community participation
3 September 2013 - The school motto, printed on the white board in the small school office, is simple: “Education is a necessity”. It is appropriate.

Education promises a better future for marginalized girls in Zimbabwe
3 September 2013 - In this rural district of Mutasa in Zimbabwe, everyone takes part in farming on some level, whether you are a child helping your mother weed the fields or an old woman harvesting the produce in a field.

News note: UNICEF launches a television and radio programme to discuss health matters
August 2013 - UNICEF Zimbabwe under the Health Transition Fund (HTF) has launched a new radio and television programme entitled Health Matters (Nyaya DzeUtano).

News note: The Youth-Zone on Zi-FM
August 2013 - The Y-Zone is a clarion call of Zimbabwe’s children’s intention to express themselves through the use of media, in general, and radio in particular.

Realizing the right to health for mothers and children
12 July 2013 - With the first pangs of labour pain, Mercy Muchero started out on the long walk from her village to the nearest hospital. But she miscalculated how long it would take her to get there on time.

Opening the world to disabled people
July 2013 - Just a few years ago, few people in Zimbabwe were aware of the challenges facing people with disabilities and their families. Fearful of social stigma, many parents of disabled children for example avoided sending them to school.

HIV positive adolescents want to be accepted as they are
April 2013 - The fig trees blossoming bright white and yellow flowers are not real, but what they symbolise is real. “We call them trees of hope,” says 18-year-old Tina.

Children with disabilities flourish against the odds
April 2013 - Despite coordination problems, Grace Ncube darts along a bustling street, with a black purse swinging from her neck, to meet a car pulling up at her home. Beaming, she opens each car door, hugging everyone.

Reducing cases of chronic malnutrition
April 2013 - Tandiwe has the height of a four-year-old, but her mother insists she is seven. “Other children in the village who were born at the same time are now in grade 2,” says her mother, who has neither a birth certificate nor a health card for her.

Children on the move
April 2013 - Some people attempt to cross Zimbabwe’s border into neighbouring South Africa or Botswana for economic reasons, but for seventeen-year-old Nicholas Sibanda, it seems it was just to be with his mother again.

Improving the childbirth experience
April 2013 - A thirty-five year-old woman, seven-months into her pregnancy, looks attentive as she is counselled in a consultation room about the treatment and care she and her unborn baby need to receive because of her HIV-positive status.

Youth mentorship visits give hope to communities
April 2013 - Patience Sanyangore is modest about the difference she has made to people in her community. She lives in Hatcliffe Extension, a sprawling resettlement in the suburbs of Harare.

Safe water and toilets save lives
April 2013 - Through wisps of white floating clouds, the morning sun beams down on a group of children pumping water from a borehole deep in the dusty ground.

Children are given hope with quality education
April 2013 - Eleven-year-old Moses has come to school without a packed lunch. “I sometimes bring popcorn and a cool drink,” he says.

UNICEF Executive Director visits school and clinic benefitting from essential supplies in Zimbabwe
11 March 2013 – Twelve-year-old Macronald Moyo diligently finishes the classwork for one of his favourite subjects – English. “I want to learn English,” he says, “because it will help me to get a good job one day.”

 

 
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