by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE government of Zimbabwe and the United Nations (UN) have launched a US$715 million humanitarian response plan for 2020.
It targets 5,6 million people with food assistance and support in the areas of health, water-sanitation-hygiene, education, protection, nutrition, shelter as well as camp coordination and management.
July Moyo, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, and Maria Ribeiro, the UN Resident Coordinator, signed the plan in the presence of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The launch of the humanitarian response plan takes place in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The plan is thus anticipated to play a key role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 and protecting those most vulnerable in communities in Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Humanitarian Response Plan addresses the increasing vulnerabilities of an estimated 7 million people who need multi-sectoral humanitarian support.
Food insecurity remains the major concern with over 4,3 million people – or 46 percent of the rural population – requiring continued assistance.
Since 2019, Zimbabwe has experienced multiple climate and economic related shocks impacting the lives of many in both rural and urban communities.
COVID-19 is the latest shock impacting on the wellbeing and livelihoods of Zimbabweans, with eight cases and two deaths.
The response plan for Zimbabwe will be implemented in collaboration with 47 operational partners.
Approximately 60 percent, or $422 million, is planned for food security.
A total of $63 million is for health, $61 million to water, sanitation and hygiene.
Education requires $42 million, $21 million is for protection; $18 million is needed for nutrition.
The plan requires $10 million for shelter and $950 000 for camp coordination and management.
– CAJ News