Zimbabwe’s humanitarian situation is reported to be improving, resulting in the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) appealing for approximately half of the resources originally requested in 2012.
According to Alain Noudehou, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Zimbabwe, approximately US$131 million is still required in Zimbabwe to 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 these remaining challenges relate to food insecurity, which currently affects about 1.6 million people. Other challenges include sporadic outbreaks of waterborne diseases and providing humanitarian aid to a range of highly vulnerable groups.
The original request for funds was made under the 2012 Consolidated Appeal Process. The 2013 appeal contains ten high-priority humanitarian projects in the areas of food, health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), with more than 80% being for food assistance.