Zimbabwe has been in lockdown since the end of March, and all schools were closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To support communities during this period, Save the Children introduced the Education Cannot Wait Project in Chitungwiza and Epworth towns, where 200 community facilitators including Eugenia were trained and have been conducting door to door home visits in the community.
Elsa’s disability, combined with the pairs status as orphans, make Elvis and Elsa particularly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19.
When her father passed away in 2018, McClean’s family was forced to move out of their house as they could not afford to pay rent. Since then her mother been struggling to provide for her five children, as well as send them to school. 10 year old McClean lives with her mother and siblings in Seke rural area which lies approximately 40 kilometres east of the capital city, Harare.
Vimbai Jiri *16, from Chimanimani Zimbabwe was born with a deformed left hand. She recently received a trans radial hand from Save the Children and Leonard Cheshire Disability Trust. This is part of the disability support activities which seek to create equal learning opportunities for children with disabilities through provision of assistive devices under the Global Partnership for Education funded education programme.
illage Health Workers (VHWs) continue to play a key role in strengthening health systems in Zimbabwe. To build up their capacity to raise awareness on COVID-19 in their communities, Save the Children in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care have been conducting COVID-19 trainings for VHWs in Matobo, Beitbridge, Mbire, Chimanimani and Chipinge districts of Zimbabwe. This is part of COVID-19 prevention, response and mitigation activities under the ECHO funded Safe Multipurpose Assistance to Communities in Crises (SMACC) project being implemented by Save the Children and International Rescue Committee in five districts of Zimbabwe.
Save the Children has carried out a global study to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted children’s health, nutrition, learning, wellbeing, protection, family finances, and poverty - and to identify the needs of children and their families. The research was implemented in 46 countries with 31,683 parents and caregivers and 13,477 children aged between 11 and 17. This brief summarizes the key findings of the impact of COVID-19 on children in urban areas.