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Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa and boarders Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. The population of Zimbabwe is estimated to be 16 111 699 people. The sex ratio of the population is estimated to be 49.3% males and 50.7% females. It is also estimated that 41.9% of the population are below the age of 15. Total life expectancy for both sexes at birth for Zimbabwe is 49.6 years. Orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) are estimated to make up 36.6% of the population. Extreme poverty which was estimated to have fallen during 2009-14, is projected to have risen substantially in the past few years.

A lengthy isolation from the international community had restricted aid flows resulting in build-up of arrears to multilateral and bilateral partners. This negatively affected Health, Education and other basic services

However, Social services recovered amid resurgent public and donor spending. Zimbabwe’s HDI ranking recovered to 155 in 2015, and a Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey in 2014 revealed that in several key areas, Zimbabwe has regained outcome levels. Underpinning this is a reduction in HIV prevalence to around 15% since 2014 down from more than 40% in 1998. Life expectancy recovered from a low of 43.1 in 2003 to 53.3 in 2012 (compared with a high of 61.6 years in 1986). The maternal mortality rate declined from 960 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010-2011 to an estimated 614 deaths in 2014; under-five mortality fell from 94 per 1,000 in 2009 to 75 in 2014.

Zimbabwe has enormous potential for sustained growth and poverty reduction given its generous endowment of natural resources, existing stock of public infrastructure and comparatively skilled human resources. It will also require the continued renewal of institutional and operational capacity in the public sector as well as deep reforms in the investment climate.

Important emerging issues that called for psychosocial support interventions include ending child marriages (a key issue on the African Union agenda), increase in HIV prevalence among adolescents, limited access to sexual and reproductive health services among adolescents, and care for children living with disabilities.

There also seems to be a decrease in the resource base available for activity implementation. Despite this, the Zimbabwe office was successful in mobilising financial resources for the OSISA project on mainstreaming psychosocial support in ECD, DREAMS project on Ending Child Marriage, and UNICEF Grant on pre-trial diversion training and UNICEF funding for the RAM4HC project.

In-country HR capacity
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