Zimbabwe's COVID-19 RCCE response
UNICEF Zimbabwe’s RCCE activities in support to COVID-19 response positively impacting communities.
Multisectoral COVID-19 messaging campaign improving prevention and vaccine uptake in Zimbabwe
A COVID-19 vaccination awareness blitz in Mashonaland West’s Hurungwe is paying off as demand for immunisation is increasing steadily in the district. Remainder Gunguwu, the Hurungwe district senior community nurse and focal person for COVID-19 vaccination, said the district was meeting its targets largely because of the campaign spearheaded by UNICEF in partnership with GOAL Zimbabwe and Promobile.
Grassroots COVID-19 campaign paves way for safe return to school in rural Zimbabwe
Munyaradzi Makurumire, a teacher in Mashonaland West’s Hurungwe district, dreaded the day schools will re-open after one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the area. Mashonaland West was one of the epicentres during the third wave that hit Zimbabwe from June to early August, forcing a two-month break in the school calendar.
Religious groups warm up to COVID-19 vaccines in Zimbabwe
“I chose to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because it is a matter of life and death for me and my family,” says Mapondera, a senior leader at a Johanne Marange Apostolic sect in Mashonaland West’s Hurungwe district: "Our church doctrine says we don’t go to the hospital when are sick or get vaccinated, but with COVID-19 it is a new ball game altogether and I have to take matters into my own hands."
In Zimbabwe, COVID-19 awareness grassroots campaign paves way for safe re-opening of markets
Gladys Machekanyanga, a fruit and vegetable vendor at the Old Silas fresh produce market in Karoi Town in Mashonaland West, said she was relieved to be back at work as providing for her family was becoming increasingly difficult during the lockdowns to slow down the spread of the disease.
Interfaith campaign helps change norms in Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 fight
At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in rural Mashonaland West, councillor Bernard Chidhakwa feared for the worst.Chidhakwa, as a community leader in the Magunje area, is compelled to attend gatherings such as funerals and says he was always alarmed about lack of awareness about the disease.