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2014

The burden of thirst: water challenges increase inequality among women in rural Zimbabwe
Even at four in the morning she can run down the rocks to the unprotected well by starlight alone and climb the steep hill back to her village with twenty five litres of water on her head.

Engaging Millennials: Always make it personal
Have you ever noticed how people in general and young people in particular are generally not interested in issues to do with the environment, poverty and development in general.

Girls making connections and challenging the boundaries of science education in Zimbabwe
From behind the walls of a number of humble-looking buildings in Harare, in a residential neighbourhood of Arcadia, near Zimbabwe’s fast-paced economic hub, comes a steady, low clinking sound of science apparatus.

Breaking the silence: The story of Tapuwa
Discrimination against hearing-impaired children is declining in Zimbabwe’s Eastern city of Mutare in Manicaland Province, says Libby Foster, the headmistress of Nzeve Centre for the Deaf.

UNICEF, Government of Zimbabwe and partners commemorate CRC@25 with a call for action
UNICEF, the Government of Zimbabwe and partners in the development sector have called on all Zimbabweans to elevate children’s voices, as more than 190 countries worldwide this year...

Zimbabwe launches new HIV testing and counseling guidelines for children and adolescents
Zimbabwe has stepped up it’s fights against HIV and AIDS by simultaneously launching a new HIV Testing and Counselling Guideline for children adolescents, along with the new National Testing and Counselling Guideline.

Listen up! Hearing clearly with help from the sun
When the sun is shining, 17-year-old Tapiwa Mtisi likes to sit outside and read romance novels while she waits for her Solar Ear to charge.

Spike in measles deaths among children troubling, UNICEF says
UNICEF has expressed alarm at new data showing that the number of child deaths from measles jumped from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.

Steep drop in pneumonia deaths in last decade, but much further to go – UNICEF
Significant declines in child deaths from pneumonia prove that strategies to defeat the disease are working, UNICEF said on the sixth World Pneumonia Day.

Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
In celebrating the International Day of the Girl, UNICEF has issued a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.

Village health workers providing critical healthcare in rural Zimbabwe
It is mid-morning in Gotora Village in rural Marondera in Zimbabwe. There is a slight breeze on this otherwise hot summer day. Munetsitsi Joy Jongwe aged 34, a community health worker in the village, sits with a young mother under a tree.

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine introduced in Zimbabwe
The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine has been introduced for the first time in the Zimbabwe Expanded Programme of Immunisation. The vaccine was introduced on 15 September on a pilot basis in the border town of Beitbridge, in Matabeleland South.

UNICEF Report details widespread violence against children
One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children ages 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued beginning of September by UNICEF.

New UNICEF data reveals vast progress made for children and women in Zimbabwe, but disparities persist.
A report from a survey by the Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF reveals vast progress has been made for children and women since 2009 when most social sectors faced collapse.

Africa in 2050: Young and optimistic … with a caveat
Africa, already the world’s second most populous continent with more than 1 billion people, is experiencing a demographic shift unprecedented in its scale and swiftness, according to Generation 2030 Africa, a new report released by UNICEF on the continent

Zimbabwe: World Breastfeeding week launched in Harare
World Breastfeeding week 2014 was launched in Harare under the theme: “Breastfeeding, a winning goal for life.” The event was attended by various Government Departments, UN agencies, Development Agencies and other players in child health and nutrition.

Engaging parliament on promotion of child rights in Zimbabwe
Honourable Gertrude Chibagu (62years) has been at the helm of the leadership of Guruve South constituency for the past year as the Member of Parliament.

Zimbabwe officially launches rotavirus vaccine
The Ministry of Health and Child Care in Zimbabwe in partnership with UNICEF, WHO, the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program and GAVI Alliance have officially unveiled a new low-cost vaccine against a deadly virus that kills about half a million...

Put children in school, not work
Child labour is a scourge that remains a problem in Zimbabwe, and statistics from the last child labour survey (2011) show that about 10 percent of children in the age group five to 14 are engaged in economic activities.

UNICEF and the Government of Zimbabwe commissions $40 million WASH project
UNICEF and the Government of Zimbabwe have commisioned the US$40 million Plumtree Water Works which was rehabilitated under the Emergency Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Programme.

Rebounding health system reduces maternal mortality in rural Zimbabwe
What started out as a time of great joy and celebration for the Moyo family of Bulilima District in Matabeleland South Province in Zimbabwe, following the birth of a healthy baby boy, soon turned to near tragedy when a day after giving birth at the nearby

UNICEF boosting children’s nutrition to prevent stunted growth in Zimbabwe
At the age of four, Tapiwanashe Tiripano weighs just 10kg and, at a height of 84cm, is not much larger than a baby. Fed on Sadza (thick porridge) and breast milk since she was born, she is now receiving treatment for malnutrition at Chipfatsura Rural Heal

World Day Against Child Labour 12 June 2014
For 168 million girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, there is no time to be a child. For these children, being engaged in child labour means being exposed to hazardous conditions, violence and poor treatment.

Almost 3 million newborns could be saved each year
A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth –

Zimbabwe Ministry of Education to review curricula
On any given day, more than two million children in Zimbabwe go to school. Whether they sit in buildings, in tents or under trees, ideally they are learning, developing and enriching their lives.

Small Zimbabwe cash transfers pay big dividends for rural poor
At 16, Phoebe has more responsibilities than many adults twice her age. While most adolescents are focused on school, friends, and a few chores around the house, Phoebe has much more on her mind.

Zimbabwe youth talk boldly about HIV/AIDS
It is 4.00pm in Zimbabwe and school has finished for the day. But all over the country, groups of teenagers are still sitting in their classrooms. It is not detention. It is not extra Math. What these teenagers are talking about is far more interesting.

UNICEF observes World Immunization Week
World Immunization Week is a global initiative celebrated each year in late April to promote the use of life-saving vaccines, one of the world’s most potent tools to immunize children against killer diseases.

Improved access to clean water brings new hope to villagers
The 5th of December, 2013 is a day that the villagers of Mapanzure in Masvingo Province will never forget. On this day, for the first time in 15 years, the only borehole in their village began to pump clean and safe water.

UNICEF opens resource centre at Women’s University in Africa
UNICEF Zimbabwe has strengthened its partnership with the Women’s University in Africa (WUA) by opening a Resource Centre for students studying the Post Graduate Diploma in Child Sensitive Policies.

CRC at 25
Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.

UNICEF Statistics on children in Africa 2014
In Africa, mortality rates among children under five decreased by 45 per cent between 1990 and 2012, but still half of the world's 6.6 million under-five deaths occur in Africa.

Nutrition gardens changing lives in Zimbabwe
As most traditional gardens in Zimbabwe go, Esinati Simamngo’s was not blessed with variety.

Exclusive breastfeeding protects newborns from HIV/AIDS
On a summer day in rural Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe, nature vents its power upon the people of Marange village in the form of a thunder storm savage in its fury.

Zimbabwe community-based nutrition program helps reduce child malnutrition
A “lead mother” from Buwerimwe village in Zimbabwe’s Manicaland Province, Mindmore Muuyandiyani is 24 years with two young children.

Science kits for secondary schools in remotest Zimbabwe
Deep in the Midlands Province, the pupils of Gomoguru Secondary School in Gokwe South District spot a cloud of dust rising on the escarpment.

Zimbabwe Youth Council and UNICEF launch Report on Harmful Social and Cultural Practices
The Zimbabwe Youth Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Indigenization and Economic Empowerment and UNICEF have launched a Report on Harmful Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children: Our Collective Responsibility in Zimbabwe.

Tippy Taps setting a trend in Zimbabwe’s rural schools by promoting innovation through simplicity.
Standing near the door of every classroom, a water bottle fitted with a straw hangs from two poles at Cheninga Primary School in Gutu District of Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe.

UNICEF moves a step closer in improving access to clean and safe water for women and children in small towns in Zimbabwe
UNICEF has advanced on plans to support 14 local authorities in Zimbabwe with the rehabilitation of water supply and sewage systems following the finalisation of the bidding process.

UN Response to Flood Affected Populations in Masvingo
United Nations Agencies, in collaboration with partners, have supported the Government of Zimbabwe to provide assistance to the 3,338 households affected by floods in the Towke-Mukosi basin and surroundings.

Report on the Evaluation of Zimbabwe’s Harmonized Social Cash Transfer Program shows potential to improve household food security, health and education.
According to preliminary data from a recent evaluation by the American Institutes for Research and some local agencies, the Harmonized Social Cash Transfer (HSCT) program being implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF has the potential to impr

Chipo’s story: benefitting from exclusive breastfeeding
Five-month-old Chipo Sithole is just one of the children in Buwerimwe village who is benefitting from the partnership between UNICEF, the Ministries of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and Women, Gender and Community Development (MoWGCD)

Sweden donates US$15 million to UNICEF actions in Zimbabwe
The Government of Sweden has donated US$15 million for UNICEF thematic programs support to Zimbabwe to help disadvantaged women and children.

Minister of Primary and Secondary Education and UNICEF launches $10m Science Programme in Zimbabwe
Primary and Secondary Education Minister, Honorable Lazarus Dokora was on the outskirts of Harare on Friday, February 28 to cut the first ribbon on a new $10 million science project for all Zimbabwe Secondary Schools.

High level SIDA delegation visits UNICEF programs
On January 21-22, 2014 a team from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in Stockholm visited Zimbabwe to gain an understanding of the situation of children and women, learn how the UNICEF country programme is responding to natio

Children will bear brunt of climate change impact, new study says
Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration, according to a new study by the Institute of Environmental Studies.

Conference on Child-Sensitive Policies ends on a high note with children calling for more action against abuse and violence
The International Conference on Child Sensitive Policies has ended in Zimbabwe with a call by researchers, children and development agencies for more action against abuse and violence on children.

Inaugural Conference on Child-Sensitive Policies Opens in Harare
A two-day conference to explore strategies for child-sensitive social policies has opened in Harare. The conference, under the theme ‘Towards a Child Sensitive Society in Africa’ brings together more than 200 participants from eight African countries.

Zimbabwe Floods Up-date
There is currently little risk of the Tokwe Mukorsi Dam bursting, according to national authorities.

UNICEF gets assistance to children and women evacuated from the floods in Tokwe-Mukosi
At least 700 families out of the 2514, of which 70 per cent are women and children have been evacuated from the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam following the increased water level

World Radio Day 2014: UNICEF amplifying youth voices in Zimbabwe
On 13 February 2014, we celebrated World Radio Day. As the media landscape evolves, radio remains the medium that reaches the widest audience, over 95 per cent of the population in Zimbabwe.

UNICEF Director for Innovations urges young innovators to use technology to change the world
The potential of young people to use technology to make exceptional contributions to the Zimbabwean society and history came under the spotlight recently when various young innovators met with the UNICEF Director for Innovations

Science Kits
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)...

Knowledge Management
In knowledge management, UNICEF aims to position itself as a knowledge leader on children in Zimbabwe.

Communication for Development
In order to raise awareness and promote safe hygiene practices, UNICEF worked with the Ministry of Health and Child Care to host the 2013 National Sanitation Week and Global Hand Washing Day commemoration.

UNICEF Zimbabwe 2013 in Review
Multiple sources of data suggest that children in Zimbabwe in 2013 are better off than they were 5 years ago.

The Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF Launch Data Collection for The 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)
The Government of Zimbabwe and UNICEF with financial support from the European Union and UNFPA have launched the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) that will provide critical information for the national assessment

Child Sensitive Social Policies Conference 2014
Over the past decade, there has been an increasing discussion of ‘vulnerable children’ in the international development literature as the objective of development intervention parallel to the traditional concept of child agency.

UNICEF hosts Wellness Day 2013
In line with the call for people to adopt healthy lifestyles, UNICEF Zimbabwe recently held its annual wellness day for staff, their dependants, and partners.

Child President End of Year Statement
As this year draws to a close, my cabinet and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the children of Zimbabwe and many of the stakeholders that we worked with in 2013 for your many contributions to the successes of the current Junior Parliamen

Young people with a difference assist vulnerable households in Zimbabwe
For Ms. Philistia Chigodo aged 71 is an elderly widow from the village of Makanda in rural Wedza in Mashonaland East in Zimbabwe.

Vulnerable children speak out on the Child Protection Fund
Vulnerable children who have been receiving critical child protection services under the Child Protection Fund recently attended the second bi-annual meeting of the Working Party of Officials (National Child Protection Committee) and shared their views on

Adolescents living with HIV: A generation to protect and support.
Coming to terms with HIV has not been easy for 16-year old Tendai*. Shy and soft-spoken, he is not completely at ease with telling others about the complexities of growing up with HIV.

 

 
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