WODOZIVA(wipe out deficiency of zinc iron and vitamin A)
Contribute to combat malnutrition a major challenge to reproductive health and Increased child mortality in crisis situation
communities in crisis situations at risk of malnutrition that could be attributed to nutritious food shortages due to post harvest losses, drought, wars and lack of relevant adaptive knowledge and skills to optimise consumption and preservation of available food to meet the micronutrients needs to safeguard health.
What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?
Prevalence of underweight at 10% according ZDHS 2014/15 and the Micronutrient Survey of 2015 and not meeting the target of reducing it by half. Iron deficiency anemia prevalent affecting health of pregnant women, lactating women and child growth. In 2014, 32% of children below five years were found stunted (ZDHS, 2014/15). Prevalence of stunting (of 30% on average, 33% in male children and above 40% in some districts) remains high ,social and economic consequences estimated 161,105 children die before their fifth birthday (under-five mortality according to UNICEF. Micronutrient deficiency affects 19% of under-fives, 25% of children living with HIV, 23% of women (15-49 years of age) and 27% of rural women
What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?
The causes of malnutrition are easy to connect in districts which are prone to drought could be attributed to food insecurity, However the challenge that remains is on how to find a sustainable solution for drought prone areas that is not food Aid which comes in a little late when people are already in deep food crisis.
Explain Your Idea
WODOZIVA(Wipe out Deficiency Zinc, Iron and Vitamin A in crisis situation is an idea prompted by prevalence of malnutrition and related child deaths and reproductive health problems tailored to transfer survival skills that address deficiency of essential micronutrients Zinc, Iron and Vitamin A. It has been identified that a good number of districts in zimbabwe face good harvest for example Gokwe south however the same district face the scourge of nutritious food insecurity postharvest attributed to serious food losses in the peak season and postharvest food losses. In Areas with good harvest food insecurity is attributed to Food losses, fruit losses and waste are mainly connected to lack of conservation management , managerial and technical limitations in preservation , harvesting techniques and storage and the WODOZIVA idea intervene to address the above challenge through Training of village health workers that train women and men on Constructing solar driers to dry, preserve and store food rich in micronutrients in oversupply in the peak season to prevent waste and losses of nutritious food preparing for postharvest food security, distribute of nutrition information and education material on malnutrition and benefits of dried food such as dried fruits, pumpkin seeds and vegetables to reduce micronutrients deficiency and Address malnutrition problems such as stunting, low weight highlighted in the problems. Further campaigns are done for micronutrients fortified food Aid.
Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).
1. The Idea address nutritious food insecurity with methods and solutions that optimise use of ready available food in a given community. In the peak-season fresh food is in oversupply and wasted the idea brings in the technology that is cheap made of re-purposed recycled local material to construct solar driers that increase efficiency of food drying safely preserving micronutrients.
2.Life adaptive skills are transferred to individuals and it becomes a legacy for the community to cope with the scourge of malnutrition related reproductive health and child mortality problems using available solutions.
3. Project help the community make informed decisions on nutrition matters and advocate for micronutrients Focused Food Aid in a drought.
How is your idea unique?
The idea stands out in that primarily it finds local solutions to solve local problems in simple possible ways. The community are engaged and central to devising responses to malnutrition based on coping mechanisms that are built on what they locally already have. The idea is perfectly suited to address the root problem of malnutrition and it is not mere transfer of the idea to the community but it is modeled through participatory community engagement. Ownership of the projects and processes duly return to the communities not only as beneficiaries but owners in developing the sustainable coping mechanisms to relief food shortage and insecurity. The idea seeks to reduce food Aid dependence and if possible eliminate it as communities become equipped with means to optimise use of the available food and fruits with nothing going to worst. Good nutrition stands out to address malnutrition related deaths and reproductive health problems. Hugely solar energy is used for drying a free resource
What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?
The major concern is on how to overcome the inevitable drought related food insecurity especially in areas that are prone to drought to achieve community self sustenance. Irrigation schemes will be vital but high cost of setting up equipment and construction of dams remains a serious challenge. Improved water collection systems have been tried but they run dry due to little rain.
Who are your end users?
Main end users include Primarily women and children that are susceptible to malnutrition and are or are already living malnourished, people living with HIV/AIDS, people living with disabilities, village health workers (community mobilisers) directly and families indirectly will have contact with the project activities as practices will be shared widely at community level through community models.
Primarily coping mechanism and life skills to prevent nutrition Food losses transferred and community will have capacity to fight malnutrition, low birth weight, stunting and malnutrition related deaths reduces to minimum WHO accepted standards.
Over 1000 beneficiaries to be reached In Gokwe South Zimbabwe and further scaled up to other districts
Where will your idea be implemented?
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Community at risk of disaster
Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in
Gokwe south is a rural setting leaving in the margins of poverty, Secondary Education completion rate 50% and Unemployment is estimated 95% . Road networks in much parts of the area are dusty difficult to travel in rain seasons. Communal farming area composed of approximately (48% male/53% female). The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is significant at around 15%. High prevalence of stunting in children under-five years of age a top challenge.The area has been susceptible to Cholera and drought.
What is your organization's name?
Tell us more about you.
The Nutrigain Trust is a registered Organisation within the confines of the Zimbabwean Law.The Trust works with associate nutritionists, research students in nutrition and food science and food scientist on voluntary basis who contribute to nutrition programs and response design. Beginning 2017, the Nutrigain has engaged into direct solicitation of funds to strengthen its direct impact health and nutrition projects based on identified need. Nutrigain Trust was founded by Simbarashe Makuvaza and Itai Chipadze. The day to day operations remain in the control of Simbarashe Makuvaza: (Project management and Accounting Expert) Head of Projects, Joe Mukwidigwi a Post-Harvest technology expert and associate
What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?
Community - 1+ communities within 1 country
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
Yes, for more than a year.
The organisation is located in Harare
What is your organizational status?
Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
What is the maturity of your innovation?
Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.