Zimbabwe Humanitarian Emergency

A woman, her daughter and their chickens
UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little

An unprecedented El Niño-related drought has triggered a second shock-year of hunger and hardship for poor and vulnerable people in Zimbabwe, leaving 4.3 million food insecure. The combination of a poor 2014-2015 harvest, an extremely dry early season and forecasts for continuing hot and drier-than-average conditions through mid-2016 suggest a scenario of extensive crop failure with serious consequences that will persist until at least to the next harvest in 2017. In early 2017, above normal rainfall, worsened by the effects of tropical cyclone Dineo in March 2017, resulted in severe floods affecting 36 districts in Zimbabwe. UNFPA’s assistance focuses on providing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and preventing and responding to gender based violence (GBV) to the drought and floods affected women and girls throughout 2018.

Country Population: 15.6 mil
Level of Crisis:
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Humanitarian needs

4.30 million
1.12 million
1.38 million
Last updated on - 01 January 2017
UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little

Humanitarian funding

Resources in $

Key results2017

  • People Reached
    Total people reached with all types of SRH services
    People reached with Dignity Kits
    Total people reached with Adolescent SRH
    Total people reached with all types of GBV services
    UNFPA-assisted safe deliveries
    Affected population who directly benefited from all types of emergency RH kits
    Women and girls accessing services provided through Service Delivery Points (SDPs) that are equipped with Post-Rape Kits
    GBV survivors reached
    Affected population reached with Family Planning services
  • Services delivered
    Functional health facilities supported by UNFPA that provide Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC)
    Number of safe spaces
    Number of service delivery points supported that provide clinical management of rape
    Dignity Kits distributed
  • Capacity building
    Personnel trained on clinical management of rape
    Health personnel trained on gender-based violence case management

Emergencies updates and resources

  • Results data are reported and updated as they become available.
  • - Targets and UNFPA's populations of concern, including women of reproductive age and pregnant women, are estimated using the MISP calculator.
  • - Funding estimates are based on country planning processes, including inter-agency humanitarian response plans and regional refugee and resilience plans.
  • L1: Humanitarian crises in which the national and international resources available in the affected country are sufficient for the required response.
  • L2: Humanitarian crises requiring significant support from neighbouring countries, regional organizations and possibly humanitarian agency headquarters.
  • L3: Major, sudden-onset humanitarian crises requiring mobilization across the humanitarian system.
  • Crisis levels are determined by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum of UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.