Zim to receive US$25 million for nutrition

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© ZIMBABWE is set to receive US$25 million from the United Nation’s Global Financing Facility (GFF) to boost its maternal, child and adolescent health and nutrition programmes and reduce millions of deaths. This comes as the United Nations is running an Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) initiative where the GFF seeks to mobilise support for developing countries to improve nutrition and end pre- ventable maternal and child deaths by 2030.

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GFF donors include govern- ments of Canada, Norway, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and United Kingdom, among others.

In a statement recently, the ministry of Health and Child Care said the fund would help increase the country’s investment towards health and nutrition.

“Zimbabwe will receive USD25 million (over a three-year period) for the country to help catalyse and drive the financial in- novations to attain a grand convergence in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.

“It is estimated that compared with current trends, an acceler- ated investment scenario would help prevent a total of four million maternal deaths, 107 million child deaths, and 21 million stillbirths between 2015 and 2030 in 74 high-burden countries, including Zimbabwe,” the ministry said.

Maternal deaths are still high in the country with reports show- ing that at least nine women die giving birth daily as the mortality rate has remained at 640 per 100 000 live births.

On the other hand statistics have shown that Zimbabwe’s infant mortality sits at 57 deaths per 1 000 children.

Meanwhile, a Unicef report has revealed that millions of children are suffering from malnutrition as the country is experiencing a severe drought that has increased poverty levels.

Lactating mothers were also failing to produce adequate milk owing to malnutrition as prices of basic commodities have continued to soar with Zimbabweans in both rural and urban areas now strug- gling to afford three meals daily.

For breastfeeding mothers who are supposed to eat a balanced and nutritious diet to produce adequate milk, the situation for their babies is worsened by the fact that they cannot even afford supplementary milk.

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