Reducing COVID-19 blow on Cyclone Idai affected communities

AS UN agencies under the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) work to restore livelihoods in Cyclone affected areas, the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic presented a double-edged sword problem for the communities. They had to survive the devastation left by Idai and now a deadly virus that also threatened their existence. Working in collaboration, UNICEF, […]

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Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic

Zimbabwe went into lockdown due to COVID-19 on 30 March 2020. The restrictions on movement and intercity travel posed a challenge to the project work in the Cyclone Idai affected areas under the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) that is managed by UNOPS and funded by the World Bank. We immediately drafted a contingency plan […]

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COVID-19 prevention messaging through Mobile Units 

Over the last four months distinctive mobile units have been travelling through urban and rural communities in Zimbabwe delivering vital COVID-19 prevention messages to vulnerable people in Chipinge, Mutare and Chimanimani. Messages delivered included vital health and hygiene messages with attention to gender-based violence and information for mothers to screen their children for malnutrition. The […]

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Zimbabwe: One Year On – Cyclone Idai Recovery Continues

A total of 181 000 people from Cyclone Idai ravaged communities in Chimanimani and Chipinge Districts have benefited from the World Food Programme under the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP). In a statement to mark the first anniversary since the devastating catastrophe United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) says various UN affiliations have assisted […]

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One year on: Cyclone Idai recovery efforts continue in Zimbabwe

In March 2019, Cyclone Idai destroyed approximately 50,000 households and displaced over 60,000 people in the country, causing as much as $622 million worth of damage. With the World Bank and partners, UNOPS is managing key recovery efforts. “We aim not simply to restore what was lost but to build back better, smarter and stronger […]

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Cylone Idai recovery programme may lend a lesson to recovering better from COVID-19

In response to Cyclone Idai, which hit Zimbabwe in March 2019, the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) with US$72 million funding from World Bank established Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project, a major multi-sectoral recovery project, implemented by FAO, IOM, UNICEF, WHO and WFP. The four-year Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) aims not simply to restore […]

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Cyclone Idai Recovery Programme

Extract from Unicef WASH Newsletter August 2020 For full report click here ‘COVID-19 has significantly changed the course and way of life in Zimbabwe and continues to impact communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai that caused significant loss of life, injury, and displacement in the Eastern Highlands. The ongoing drought within Zimbabwe affected water supplies […]

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