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UNICEF Launches Initiative To Relieve Undernourished Zimbabwean Children

UNICEF donated 10 vehicles along with fuel and computer equipment that will help child welfare officials monitor the nutritional status of children across the country's 10 provinces, especially areas short on food

The United Nation’s Children’s Fund or UNICEF has launched a program in Zimbabwe to more closely monitor malnutrition among children, donating 10 vehicles along with fuel and computer equipment that will allow child welfare officials to identify areas and individuals which are undernourished.

UNICEF says a third of the country’s children are not getting enough to eat, and as a result, one Zimbabwean child in five suffers stunted growth.

UNICEF Zimbabwe Spokeswoman Tsitsi Singizi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that conditions for children are most severe in districts such as Mudzi, Mashonaland East province, where food is often in short supply.

In South Africa, meanwhile, some 37 Zimbabwean children who had been living at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg have gone into hiding following reports that the Gauteng provincial government intended to relocate them this week, as VOA Studio 7 correspondent Benedict Nhlapho reported.