Preventing Malnutrition in all forms
ACUTE MALNUTRITION HAS WORSENED SINCE COVID-19, REQUIRING TREATMENT FOR SEVERE WASTING FOR 15,000 CHILDREN.
The nutrition situation in Zimbabwe is precarious. According to the 2022 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment (ZimVAC), wasting (acute malnutrition) has increased since COVID-19. Approximately 15,000 children are now treated for severe wasting every year. Despite improvements in the last ten years, nearly one out of four
Zimbabwean children (23.5% or over half a million) are stunted (chronically malnourished) and do not grow and develop to their full potential. Nutrition status in Zimbabwe is influenced by several factors, in particular poor quality of children’s diets, low rates of exclusive breastfeeding, lack of safe water and basic sanitation services, reduced vaccination coverage since COVID-19, and other consequences due to climate change and the Ukraine war which are impacting household purchasing power and choice of foods, posing a real threat to the progress made on stunting reduction.