EU steps up its Zimbabwe support with a new €53 million package

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The European Union is stepping up its support to the people of Zimbabwe with an additional €53 million in the fields of health and resilience building.

Former EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Philip Van Damme
Former EU ambassador to Zimbabwe Philip Van Damme

Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, said:

“This new package of €53 million is another testimony of EU’s unwavering support to the people of Zimbabwe. In a difficult socio-economic time, we will strengthen our support to critical sectors such as primary health care as well as resilience building. This new package brings the EU development portfolio to €287 million for the period 2014-2020 and confirms the status of the EU and its Member States as the biggest donors in Zimbabwe.”

The new package will support the primary care health system capacity to address the most urgent health needs. It will also strengthen national health systems and promote equal access to health services, notably from a gender perspective. The funds will be channeled through the UNICEF-managed Health Development Fund.

The new package will also support households and communities that are facing recurrent environmental and economic stresses by building their capacities to respond to food and nutrition security shocks. The measures will be implemented under the leadership of UNDP through various partners, predominantly NGOs.

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