By Staff Reporter
HARARE – Nearly 50 000 people in the urban areas of Manicaland and Masvingo provinces who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are set to receive support from the US$1,5 million humanitarian bailout from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Care International Zimbabwe.
The initiative targets beneficiaries
Under the project, Care Zimbabwe will fund healthcare, water, sanitation and hygiene services as well as provide monthly cash transfers to the targeted beneficiaries for the next three months.
This financial bailout from USAID allows CARE Zimbabwe to support the much needed water sanitation and health including monthly cash payouts to enable vulnerable people to meet basic daily food and necessities for three months, while recovering their livelihoods.
CARE Zimbabwe’s work aims to address the immediate humanitarian needs caused by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic in Zaka, Chivi, Mutare, and Buhera districts.
CARE Zimbabwe Country Director Patrick Sikana says, “We are pleased to have received this funding, which will help to meet the increasing needs of the urban population in Zimbabwe. A large number of people have been failing to meet their basic needs and recover their livelihoods due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CARE Zimbabwe is already working day-to-day to strengthen healthcare systems and improve food security. Through hygiene promotion, improved awareness of the pandemic, and cash assistance, economic activities can be safely resumed to kick-start the road to recovery for vulnerable people.”
As communities in the country continue to experience the pandemic’s far-reaching impacts, CARE Zimbabwe is working with the government to provide life-saving assistance including COVID-19 vaccination support and strengthening hygiene measures to safeguard health and drive recovery in both rural and urban areas.
CARE Zimbabwe’s investment in adaptation and strengthening of community resilience is also helping to protect livelihood gains and combat climate change.
As of Wednesday 24 November 2021, Zimbabwe had 133 747 confirmed cases, including 128 517 recoveries and 4 703 deaths. With a total of 3 718 776 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19.