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2015

Aliah Silibiza’s story – No WASH facilities equals no inclusion
School life for 9-year-old Aliah Silibiza of Muuyu Satellite Primary School in Mwenezi district of Masvingo Province in South Zimbabwe, involved a lot of daily barriers.

“From the Glass Ceiling to a Carpet of Shards”
As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear.

The impact of drought and hunger in Zimbabwe’s rural areas
Drought is nothing new to John Chauke (38) and his family from Mwenezi District in Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe, but this season has been one of the most disappointing across the country for nearly a decade.

El Niño sweeps across parts of Africa, destroying children’s futures
Across eastern and southern Africa, millions of children are struggling to cope with food insecurity, lack of water, disease and threats to their education and safety.

Malnutrition mounts as El Niño takes hold
Almost one million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF said today.

The Constitutional Court Ruling on ending Child Marriages: An Important First Step
On the 20th January 2016, the full bench of the Constitutional Court handed down a very significant judgement for children, in particular girl children everywhere.

Zimbabwe Government, UNICEF and the World Bank launch ground-breaking Zimbabwe Poverty Atlas 2015
UNICEF, the World Bank and the Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (ZimStat), have launched for the first time in the country, the Zimbabwe Poverty Atlas 2015.

Satellite school feeding program keeps children in school in Karoi, Zimbabwe
Children rush metallic and plastic bowls and plates of varied colours and sizes in front of a makeshift kitchen at Momba Satellite Primary School in Karoi District in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe.

Worlds AIDS 2015: Call to continue bold steps towards AIDS free generation
Africa joined the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, with a call for the continent to look for forward-thinking, innovative & bold solutions to address the unfinished & remaining issues on AIDS in order to realise an AIDS-free generation

Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 - UNICEF
If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.

Children’s lives at stake as El Niño strengthens: UNICEF
An estimated 11m children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific & Latin America, UNICEF has warned.

Government and the UN launch the new Global Goals, charting sustainable development for Zimbabwean people
The United Nations in collaboration with the Zimbabwean Government today launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Harare affirming its commitment to supporting their implementation in the next 15 years.

Empowering the girl: Lets act today, for a better tomorrow
In the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, my maternal grandmother gave birth to seven daughters and one son. Back then, my grandfather made a decision to send all seven of his daughters to school – a decision which was met with scorn and ridicule in his community.

UNICEF supports food fortification to fight ‘hidden hunger’ among children in Zimbabwe
Latest data from the National Micronutrient Survey of 2012, shows that 19 per cent of children between the critical ages of 6-59 months are vitamin A deficient, 72 per cent are iron deficient...

Zimbabwe’s former child bride tells her story of how she married a stranger
“When my parents first told me that I had to fend for my life I was stunned. They told me I was no longer their responsibility and I was ripe for marriage,” Madeline recalls...

Exploring the Impact of the Harmonized Cash Transfers in Zimbabwe
28-year old Angela Zimuto is one of the beneficiaries of the Harmonized Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme in Zimbabwe.

Japanese Government Contributes US$1 million to Support Women and Children displaced by the Tokwe Mukosi Floods
The Japanese Government has contributed US$1million and 50 thousand, to support women and children who were displaced by the 2014 floods around the Tokwe Mukosi Dam in Masvingo Province.

KEY FACTS ABOUT RUBELLA VIRUS
Rubella is an acute, contagious viral infection. While the illness is generally mild in children, it has serious consequences in pregnant women causing fetal death or congenital defects known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).

El Niño in southern Africa 2015: Weather Phenomenon May Devastate Communities with Drought, Floods
A potentially record-breaking El Niño brewing in the tropical Pacific Ocean will soon hit southern Africa with Zimbabwe included.

What the new global goals mean for children
On 25 September 2015, world leaders committed to 17 global goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years – end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change.

Giving children the gift of life - Zimbabwe embarks on national measles-rubella vaccination campaign
The Government of Zimbabwe has stepped up its fight against infant and child mortality by embarking on a National Measles and Rubella campaign, alongside Vitamin A supplementation drive across the country.

Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but global MDG target missed by wide margin
Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released today.

Nearly 50 million lives saved since 2000; millions more can be saved by 2030: UNICEF report
The rate of decline in mortality among the world’s youngest children has more than doubled over a generation, and an additional 38 million lives could be saved by 2030 if progress accelerates further...

UNICEF trains partners to reduce stunting
Latest global evidence recognizes that stunting is not only linked to poor nutrition, but also to lack of other essential services such as water and sanitation, health, and food insecurity among others.

Changing the face of social mobilisation through SMS
Can a text message amplify the voices of young people in Zimbabwe? With an increasing number of youth grappling with a myriad of challenges such as unemployment and HIV, it seems no quick solution is in sight.

Reducing Pediatric HIV through efficient Early Infant Diagnosis
A motorcycle has just arrived at Chilonga Clinic in Chiredzi District of Masvingo province to collect dry blood samples collected from ten babies born to HIV infected mothers, and have been on Anti-retroviral drugs for HIV prevention since birth.

Invitation to public lecture: CHILD SENSITIVE SOCIAL POLICIES
In response to the debates around the minimum age of consent to sex in Zimbabwe and in support of the recently launched AU Campaign to End Child Marriages in Africa, the Child Sensitive Social Policies Programme of the Women’s University in Africa...

Zimbabwe launches World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week for Zimbabwe was lunched on August 7, at Lafarge Cement Stadium in Harare under the theme “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s make it work”. The launch was officially opened by the Minister of Health and Child Care.

Open defecation-free communities – Apostolics lead the way in Masvingo Province
Until recently, Tanatswa Chimondo of Zaka in Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe was like most children in the village of Maregere when it came to relieving himself.

Improved access to water and sanitation in Bindura town.
The town of Bindura has become a shining example of the positive impact of improved access to safe water and sanitation services through the Urban Water and Sanitation Programmes.

Zimbabwe President opens the 23rd Session of the Child Parliament with a call to ending child marriages
President Robert Mugabe today officially opened the 23rd Session of the Child Parliament with a call to ending child marriages, which he described as a barrier to national development and children’s growth.

Experts and youth share experiences on the youth situation in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a youthful country, with approximately 60 per cent of its 13 million total population under the age of 30.

European Union grants Euro 12 million to improve the health sector in Zimbabwe
The European Union (EU) recently granted 12 million Euros (USD$13 million) in support of the Health Transition Fund (HTF) with the objective of reducing maternal and child mortality in Zimbabwe.

Youth participation in the SDGs: Getting beyond the rhetoric
We are half way in 2015. This year the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire and the race is on to finalize a new global framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in time for September’s UN General Assembly.

Newsnote: Stakeholders meet to discuss the ‘All In’ initiative to end adolescent AIDS
In the response against HIV/AIDS, progress for adolescents has fallen behind, Government and development partners in Zimbabwe, stressed today, as they engaged in a Stakeholder Consultative Meeting on Adolescents and HIV...

Benefitting from the Harmonized Social Cash Transfer Programme – The Story of Mbuya Mwanza
“I cannot walk properly,” says 84 year old Mbuya Matajwa Mwanza a beneficiary of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer programme at Marahwa Business Centre in Mashonaland West in Zimbabwe.

Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare meets beneficiaries of cash transfers in rural Zimbabwe
Mary Taruvinga struggled to make ends meet when her husband died in 2010. Without warning, she was faced with the daunting responsibility of providing for four children, without any external support.

Zimstat, UNICEF and partners launches the 2014 Labour Force and Child Labour Survey Reports
The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZimStat) in collaboration with the Department of International Development (DIFD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)...

Protecting pregnant women from malaria – a missed “quick win”
In the eight years since we commemorated the first World Malaria Day, millions of women and children have continued to die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable.

In Zimbabwe, Public-Private Partnership contributes to safe water to thousands in Chiredzi
Residents of Tshovani High Density suburb in Chiredzi in Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe do not take access to safe water for granted.

For a town in Zimbabwe, rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation services by the Australian Government changes lives
Shedra Siwela aged 48, a mother of four opens a water tap on her kitchen sink to wash her hands as she starts to prepare for the afternoon meal.

School Improvement Grants helping children with disabilities access education in Zimbabwe
Sixteen year-old Onai (which ironically means to see) grew up being told she was cursed by God.

ZIMSTATS and UNICEF launches MICS 2014 Final and Child Friendly Reports
The Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (ZIMSTATS) in collaboration with UNICEF, have officially launched the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014 Final and Child Friendly Reports at the International Conference Centre in Harare.

Zimbabwe Government and UNICEF launches study Report on Disability
Sixteen year-old Onai (which ironically means to see) grew up being told she was cursed by God.

Partnerships needed to end child marriages
“If we are to end the scourge of child marriage in Zimbabwe, and the world, there is a need for a continued collective partnership and unity of purpose among the various organisations around the country.”

Sustainable development goals: all you need to know
The countdown has begun to September’s summit on the sustainable development goals, with national governments now discussing the 17 goals that could transform the world by 2030.

Newsnote: Economic forum in Zimbabwe seeks answers amid a tightening budget and sluggish economic growth
A high-level forum to explore ways of expanding Zimbabwe’s shrinking fiscal space ended in Harare today amid predictions of a slower economic growth and reduced domestic revenues in 2015.

2015 research awards honour young scientists
Two outstanding schools from Bulawayo with scientific research and innovations in information technology and communications, indigenous medicine, and biological and environmental technology have won prizes at the 10th Zimbabwe International Research Sympo

Project Monitoring and tracking, key to the successful implementation of ZimAsset
Monitoring and evaluation is key to the successful implementation of national programmes such as the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset), as well as National Budgets, says a senior Government official.

Ministry of Education and UNICEF launch real-time monitoring system
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in partnership with UNICEF have launched a pilot SMS-based system called EduTrac to help support real-time monitoring of key education indicators in Zimbabwe’s schools.

Ending child marriage: the time to act is NOW
To be a happy child. To be part of a family that lives in harmony and domestic peace. To be a parent who has full capacity and knowledge to raise his or her children to have healthy fulfilling lives, free from violence.

Zimbabwe children score major milestones in 2014
The year 2014 witnessed incredible milestones for children in Zimbabwe. At the end of August, through the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014, the national statistical agency (ZIMSTAT)...

 

 
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