Zimbabwe Children

About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has suffered massive food shortages since 2002, due to the country’s ongoing economic crisis. Small farms failed and the commercial farming industry collapsed. Families in Zimbabwe rely on rations of food aid to survive. Nearly half the population — about 5 million people — is in need of food aid.

Facts About

More than 15.6 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 10 years

88 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day

Our Work

Save the Children has supported programs in Zimbabwe since 1984. We serve children and families through humanitarian relief and long-term development. Initially one of the most successful democracies in Africa, in 2000 began a Zimbabwe rapid decline toward economic and social meltdown. Children have suffered as a result, particularly, orphans, the poor and those affected and infected by HIV and AIDS.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 22,898
from harm

supported 32,180
in times of crisis

provided 55,262 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 53,162 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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