Zimbabweans’ lives improve: Report

Paidamoyo Chipunza Senior Reporter
The country’s social service status has greatly improved in the past five years, latest Government statistics have shown.
Preliminary results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey launched in Harare yesterday revealed the country’s nutritional status, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, education and child protection, are  among the key indicators that improved between 2009 and 2014.

The survey, designed by UNICEF and was carried out by the Zimstat, showed that the number of women who die while giving birth has gone down from 960 per 100 000 to 614 per 100 000.

The number of mothers who practice exclusive breastfeeding also increased from 20 percent in 2009 to 41 percent.

Full immunisation coverage has risen from about 31 percent in 2009 to the current 69 percent.

The number of women who visit antenatal care has gone up from 57 percent to 70 percent while post-natal care for mothers, which was 27 percent in 2010, now stands at 78 percent.

About 99 percent of pupils enrolled for primary education complete the whole primary level, compared to the previous 44 percent. About 70 percent of the country’s population has access to safe drinking water.

However, the latest statistics also show that the country still has a lot to do on child protection, with only 32 percent of children under 5 years having their births registered.

An average of 33 percent of women between 20 and 49 years were married before 18 years of age.

Furthermore, the proportion of under-five births who were reported registered has dropped from about 38 percent to about 32 percent in 2014. On nutrition, 11,2 percent of children were under-weight, 27 percent were stunted (too short for their weight and age), 3,3 percent were wasted while 3,6 percent were overweight.

Health and Child Care Secretary Dr Gerald Gwinji welcomed the latest statistics, saying they would go a long way in shaping Government priorities.

Dr Gwinji said the results showed that Zimbabwe was in the right direction on improving the social service system. “The trends are indeed encouraging. What we now need to do is to work on issues of improving that trend.

“We now need to work on issues of quality and equity,” he said.

Dr Gwinji said the survey results were going to be the pillars of his Ministry’s national health strategy where they would help to focus on the lagging indicators.

UNICEF representative, Mr Reza Hossain, challenged Government to build on the achievements and sustain the gains.

“These gains cannot be sustained and further gains cannot be made if we lose our focus on those strategic choices that have delivered positive results,” he said.

The survey was done under the auspices of the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) jointly co-ordinated by the Office of the President and Cabinet and the UN resident co-ordinator.

It was funded by the European Union.

Zimstat director-general Mr Mutasa Dzinotizei said the detailed report was expected to come out in the last part of the year.

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  • haiwawo

    Maybe for the ministers, a small strata of the economic and political elite and those who are paid to do the surveys. If you had nothing and then have $5, then of course it is an improvement. Improvement of life cannot just be trumpeted on the narrow perspective of nutrition without consideration of all the other indicators of the necessities of daily living. Where is the quality of life when: there is no guarantee of clean and reliable water supplies, erratic power supplies, no drugs in hospitals and sub-standard care, children being turned away from school and government failing to pay fees for the destitute, an unemployment rate that is close to 90% of the working population etc.? Maybe the headline should say what it is that has improved in its specificity, not this catch all title.

    Most stat analysis is relative and this one in particular means little to the many who still have to scrap by. Some are getting by because members of the family have sacrificed to leave and make
    a living elsewhere in order to take care of extended families back home. Therefore, the fact that they getting by is no thanks to this government.

  • Vusumuzi Bvunzawabaya

    The Herald is back to its former ways but why Mr Editor.You know as well as I do that this is hogwash or plain nonsense

    • Chiguri Mabarwe

      Sometimes people run out good things to talk about. I will give them an “A” for creativity,

  • Chiguri Mabarwe

    Did the report say water and sanitation? Which education? Is it about the home schooling because the government can’t provide. Haven’t seen the improvement yet but I hope some day I will reach Zimbabwe up there in the clouds and hear the wind whistling to the skies some sounds of wisdom. In Zimbabwe life is carefree, truly a land of abundance with no corruption, no thieves or amoral scams but only sole respect. Oh, not to forget rule of law. If this is a dream please dont wake me up, I don’t want a nightmare of a Zimbabwe I know. You can surely go to the reporter now and tell her that there is nothing wrong about dreaming but don’t go tell people you can interpret dreams. Some people are so gullible and cannot distinguish between fact and fiction.

  • magonde

    This report is dishonesty. It seems someone wrote the report to please foreign funders, the EU, UNICEF, to appear as if their money is improving lives, but we know in the community that people are suffering, health system is broke, no water and sanitation is very bad. The report editor is definitely paid to write such bullsh#t.

  • taneta

    Paidamoyo chipunza????????? Are you serious or you day dreaming??