Health and Nutrition

 

What we want to do:

We want all children in Zimbabwe to enjoy good health. We work towards this by: 

  • Increasing the number of children who are protected from diseases
  • Increasing the number of children who are well nourished
  • Ensuring children and their caregivers have access to essential health services
  • Reducing the prevalence and impact of HIV and AIDS on boys and girls
What is the problem? 

As a result of increasing vulnerability and limited access to health services children in Zimbabwe largely at risk daily.  

How is World Vision addressing the issues?

In order to increase access to essential maternal and child health services for families whose average walk to a clinic is 8 kilometers. World Vision is partnering communities in building waiting mother’s shelters, where expecting mothers can be attended to by trained health personnel. To increase access to maternal and child health services World Vision supports the training of health workers, who are then able to treat childhood illnesses, provide delivery and post-delivery care for mothers and their babies as well as immunizations. We are partnering with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and various Government departments to provide effective immunizations by ensuring vaccines stay at appropriate temperatures to be effective. 

Is what World Vision doing working?

Through the health interventions, World Vision contributed to the reduction of childhood illnesses, morbidity and mortality. A total of 344,647 children were reached through health and nutrition interventions including 209,706 adults on sexual reproductive health. The Positive Deviance Hearth, commonly known as the PD Hearth model, is a leading nutrition program helping decrease child malnutrition using locally available nutritious foods. The PD Hearth model reached 5,123 children and 1,378 adults. 

The 'Positive Deviance' approach is being used to identify behaviors practiced by mothers or caretakers of well-nourished children and transfer such practices to other malnourished children in the community. Hearth sessions are an opportunity for caregivers to actively learn and practice new child feeding and care methods in a supportive environment.