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Development agencies continue to partner government

Article by Memory Chamisa

The partnership between the government and various development agencies continues to benefit various communities countrywide.

As the Second Republic moves with the mantra of leaving no place and no one behind, development partners such as the United Nations World Food Programme have come on board to support the drive.

Speaking after paying a Courtesy call on the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga, United Nations World Food Programme Country Representative, Mrs Francesca Edelmann revealed her organisation’s four-year funding plans towards the health sector.

“As WFP Zimbabwe, we started a new country strategic plan in July this year and I was very honoured today to share with the Vice President what the programme is all about, what WFP will be implementing over the next four and a half years. Many of the activities also coincide with his work as the minister of health and that’s particularly what we focus on today one of the areas that we hope to work very closely on with the minister and with his team is the sourcing of local commodities for clinics and maternity waiting homes so that expecting mothers can come to the clinic in time for their delivery and be receiving nutritious meals while they are waiting,” she said.

Earlier this Monday, Vice President, General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga met United States envoy, Ms Elaine French, who pledged her government’s commitment towards strengthening its President Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to maintain the low infections trajectory.

“We talked about a number of issues, but we also focused on the current PEPFAR programme where we remain committed to maintaining support for the programme in Zimbabwe,” she said.

PEPFAR is one of the key pillars supporting Zimbabwe’s HIV /AIDS programmes as the nation continues to post notable strides in addressing HIV and AIDS-related deaths.

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