Zimbabwe’s humanitarian situation improves

by Wallace Mawire

Zimbabwe’s humanitarian situation is reported to be improving resulting in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) appealing for approximately half of the resources requested in the 2012 Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 2013, according to Alain Noudehou, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Zimbabwe.

According to Noudehou, approximately $131 million is required in Zimbabwe to help address food insecurity and other remaining humanitarian needs.

“The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe has continued to improve and remains largely stable.This is due to the concerted effort by the government of Zimbabwe,donors and other stakeholders to address the humanitarian needs arising from the challenges that the country faced over the last decade,” Noudehou said.

He said despite the positive gains, some humanitarian challenges remain.

According to OCHA, the majority of the remaining challenges are related to food insecurity affecting about 1,6 million people.Others include assisting populations affected by sporadic outbreaks of waterborne diseases and providing humanitarian aid to a range of highly vulnerable groups.

The 2013 appeal contains 10 high-priority humanitarian projects in the areas of food,health,water,sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and protection, with more than 80% being for food assistance.

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