Nutrition Action Zimbabwe (NAZ) is implementing an emergency
nutrition response project in Chiredzi, Mutare and Mwenezi with funding from
UNICEF. The intervention seeks to address the challenges brought about by the
protracted drought and socioeconomic crisis prevailing in the country. It was
designed to address priorities identified by the Nutrition cluster and detailed
in the national humanitarian response plan. The project ends in December 2020.
It targets 62,643 children under 5 and their caregivers in the three district
who will be reached through;
screening for acute malnutrition
treatment for acute malnutrition
3. Infant and
Young Child Feeding in emergencies (IYCF-e) messages
The project has capacitated *** community health workers to be
able to conduct active screening in their villages and -provided them with
tools and resources such as muac tapes and stationery that allows them to
document the work they are doing. The project also facilitated the training of
facility-based health workers in the management of acute malnutrition to ensure
that all health facilities in the district have at least one trained health
worker. The same health workers are supported through on-job training and
support to ensure their skills are perfected.
To strengthen response coordination, the project supported monthly
coordination meetings at district level where the response is coordinated to
ensure gaps are identified and resources are utilized efficiently by all actors
within the respective districts.
Other innovations include the introduction of
community feedback mechanisms to ensure that project participants have a say in
the running of the project. Feedback is being received through suggestion boxes
and toll-free lines from across the three districts. The project has also
introduced remote and near real time monitoring and surveillance through sms
based weekly reporting for community health workers.