UNICEF Zimbabwe In US$66m Appeal For Vulnerable Communities

UNICEF Zimbabwe is appealing for US$ 65.8 million to meet Zimbabwe’s humanitarian needs for 2021 as a result of the multiple hazards of residual impacts of Cyclone Idai, and floods.

The funds are also meant to mitigate the effects of Covid-19, diarrhoeal disease outbreaks, and the economic crisis.

As of the end of last month, only US$11 million translating to 17% of the total 2021 funding requirement, had been secured.

In its situation report released Saturday, UNICEF said despite improved cereal security in the country as a result of increased maize yield food insecurity has persisted in some areas including in urban areas.

Urban areas have also been affected by the reduction in employment and household incomes compounded by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic have affected the affordability of basic food, goods and services.

“According to the ZIMSTAT (Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency) Rapid PICES phone survey conducted from December 2020 to 10 March 2021, a significant share of households continued to report reduced income from various sources in the aftermath of the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak,” UNICEF said in its report.

“Access to health favoured urban areas compared to rural areas, and lack of money was the primary reason for not being able to access medical treatment as sited by 78% of households.

“The year-on year-inflation rate for the month of August 2021, as measured by all items in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), stood at 50.24% – a marked reduction from 107% in June 2021.” —NewZim

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