Zimbabwe

  1. Corruption dents COVID-19 alleviation programmes in Mutare

    According to Transparency International, the coronavirus pandemic is not only a health and economic crisis, but it is also a corruption crisis. The organization notes that persistent corruption is undermining the healthcare systems of many governments around the world and contributing to democratic backsliding amid the pandemic. Countries around Africa have been particularly susceptible during…

  2. Children forced to fend for their families

    In most districts of Zimbabwe, a lot of girls have dropped out of school with some married off at early age and others turning to commercial sex work to eke a living. This is mostly because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic which has worsened pre-existing inequalities. The vulnerability of young girls in particular, has been…

  3. Endemic within a pandemic: fears of diarrhoea in Mutare amid COVID-19

    The never-ending problem of poor sanitation and overcrowding in most of Mutare’s districts threatens an outbreak of cholera and diarrhea. Residents fear possible cholera/diarrhea outbreak will lead to an endemic within a pandemic and they want the authorities to act fast. This comes at a time when the city and the country at large are…

  4. COVID-19 lockdown leads to spike in domestic violence cases in Zimbabwe

    Advocacy groups say one in three women in Zimbabwe is a victim of domestic violence. The COVID-19 lockdown has seen a spike in cases of domestic violence across the country with experts saying the mental strain caused by job losses, lockdown restrictions are fuelling domestic tensions leading to unprecedented levels of abuse behind the locked…

  5. Communities’ resistance to COVID-19 vaccination

    Tinde Ward 18 in Binga is an example of one of the communities in the country that are resisting being vaccinated for COVID-19 with the reasons for many community members driven by misinformation, lack of information, distrust, and a general disdain for western medicines. Compared to its neighbours, Zimbabwe has had an organised COVID-19 vaccination…

  6. Small businesses in Zimbabwe hit hard by COVID-19 lockdown

    The COVID-19 lockdown has gravely affected a majority of Zimbabweans both in the rural and urban areas because the country’s economy is largely informal – and entrepreneurs have to travel to neighbouring Mozambique, South Africa, and Botswana to buy their wares. The lockdown has made it hard for people to work or find food. The…

  7. Covid-19 lockdown increases theft in parts of Mutasa, Zimbabwe, due to unemployment

    Despite the importance of COVID-19 measures such as lockdowns in the control and the spread of the virus, lockdowns have negatively influenced theft, especially among daily income earners. ECID Community Reporter, Kudzwai Terera, based in Mutasa District, Zimbabwe, tells the story of how COVID-19 lockdown measures have emboldened burglars in some parts of Zimbabwe. Mutasa…