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The Friendship Bench - Zimbabwe


Working to enhance mental well-being and improve quality of life in communities. The Friendship Bench project is an evidence-based intervention developed in Zimbabwe to bridge the mental health treatment gap. Our mission is to enhance mental well-being and improve quality of life through the use of problem solving therapy delivered by trained lay health workers. We focus on people who are suffering from common mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression- kufungisisa.

SADC Regional Humanitarian Floods Appeal in Response to Tropical Cyclone IDAI

Southern African Development Community, (2019)

The floods caused by the Tropical Cyclone IDAI has affected 3 million people in the Republics of Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe leaving 839 people dead, and this figure continued to rise as the rains stopped and water subsided. To date, over 201,476 people (Table 1) have been displaced and about 317 camps established. A total of 2,347 people have been reported injured and over 300 people are still missing in the affected countries.

Zimbabwe: Floods Situation Report No. 2, As of 10 April 2019

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), (2019)

299 deaths have been recorded and 329 people are still missing, according to the Government. • Latest assessments indicate that the homes of some tens of thousands of people have been destroyed or damaged beyond habitability. Most of these people are staying with hosts in the extended community. • Revised Flash Appeal requires US$294 million to respond to the drought and Cyclone Idai. • Food Cluster partners have so far assisted an estimated 30,000 people in the worst-affected areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge. • Access to a sufficient quantity of water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene has been restored for 43,000 people. • Eight clusters have been activated to bolster the humanitarian response effort in support to the Government of Zimbabwe,

Zimbabwe: Situation Update, 30 March 2019

World Food Programme, Logistics Cluster, (2019)

Flooding following Cyclone Idai in mid-March has now affected 270,000 people as of 30 March 2019. • The most heavily affected areas are the districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge in Manicaland which have been isolated due to roads and bridges being washed away. Mashonaland East (Chikomba district) and Masvingo (Zaka and Bikita districts) have also been affected. • The flood response is being led by the Department of Civil Protection at the national and provincial levels. • Two district command centres have been set up in Chimanimani and Chipinge. A logistics base has been set up in Mutare.

Zimbabwe: Floods Flash Update No. 6, 26 March 2019

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), (2019)

The death toll has risen to 172 people and 327 are still missing, according to government reports. • About 270,000 people have been affected by flooding and landslides. • Nearly 4,500 people are displaced and at least 16,000 families are in need of shelter assistance. • The majority of health care facilities in Chimanimani district are inaccessible.

Southern Africa: Cyclone Idai Snapshot (as of 26 March 2019)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), (2019)

Flooding caused by the Tropical Cyclone Idai weather system since early March has affected nearly 3 million people and caused at least 678 deaths in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Mozambique, Zimbabwe : Tropical Cyclone IDAI Impact Overview - Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) – DG ECHO Daily Map 20/03/2019

European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, (2019)

The European Commission allocated an emergency aid package of €3.5 million on 19/03. The funding will be used to provide logistical support to reach affected people, emergency shelter, hygiene, sanitation, and health care. Out of the aid package, based on needs, €2 million will be provided in Mozambique, €1 million in Malawi and €0.5 million in Zimbabwe.

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