Introduction & Background

In Zimbabwe malnutrition is still affecting infants, young children and women and presenting as one or more forms of under nutrition, including low birth weight, stunting, anaemia, underweight, wasting, Vitamin A deficiency, and Iodine deficiency disorders (MoHCC, 2014). Obesity and nutrition related non-communicable diseases are also on the increase with a high prevalence of overweight and obesity in young children and women. At global level, nutrition is gaining recognition as a vehicle for social development; however, Africa is still behind in terms of development, one of the many reasons is poor nutrition. According to the global nutrition report of 2015 (IFPRI, 2015), for children under 5 years of age 161 million of them were stunted, 51 million are wasted, and 42 million were overweight. In Africa, the prevalence of malnutrition is high, and despite several interventions there is little, if any, evidence of any meaningful improvement in nutritional status of women and children (Gillespie et al., 2013; Ruel & Alderman, 2013).

This highlights the complex multifaceted nature of malnutrition and presents as a huge burden on efforts to address malnutrition by national governments in Africa. However, in this era of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) malnutrition should not be one of the worries of national governments in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LAMIC), including Zimbabwe. A multi-sectoral response needs to be strengthened and be better coordinated to achieve real progress toward food and nutrition security in Zimbabwe. According to Vollmer et al., (2014) this suggests the need for direct health investments towards improving the nutritional status of vulnerable groups and children in LAMIC.


The Zimbabwe Nutrition Association (ZimNA) aims to support this process since sound nutrition is a basic human right and a prerequisite for the attainment of people’s full intellectual and physical potential, this is important for children. Investment in early childhood development is therefore crucial (Gillespie et al., 2013, Ruel & Alderman, 2013). In most developing countries including Africa this is constrained by lack of adequate resources and commitment by national governments.

Executive Board, Past and Present

Interim ZimNA Executive Board

2015-2017

ZimNA Executive Board

2017-2019

Arthur Pagiwa (President) Arthur Pagiwa (President)
Zephenia Gomora (Vice-President) TendaiGunda (Vice-President)
Monica Muti (Secretary General) Tonderayi Matsungo (Secretary General)
MufaroChiriga (Vice-Secretary) Monica Muti (Vice-Secretary)
Tatenda Chopera (Treasurer) MufaroChiriga (Treasurer)
Committee members: Committee members:
Craig Nyathi, Rachael Tapera, Tonderayi Matsungo Craig Nyathi, Prosper Chopera, Tavia Matitkiti

Who We Are

The Zimbabwe Nutrition Association (ZimNA)was officially launched on 3rd February 2017 at the Rainbow Towers in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Association is a registered body that caters for for the interests of Nutritionists and other professionals involved in nutrition in Zimbabwe and beyond. The Association focuses on promoting capacity building training, consultancy and research on nutrition issues of public health importance in Zimbabwe, through collaborative partnerships.

What We Stand For

Our Vision

To be a unified national body of Nutrition Professionals, a professional scientific forum, promote training, research and capacity building in nutrition and contribute to workforce development to meet Zimbabwe’s nutrition and health policy agenda.

Our Mission

To be a catalyst for change and development, with the aim to address food and nutrition insecurity, to advocate for recognition of Nutrition Professionals as the agents for change, to negotiate for good working conditions for Nutrition Professionals in Zimbabwe.

Core Values

Excellence: Act professionally and with integrity and accountability for excellent service.

Unity: We believe in the power of collective actions and togetherness in decision making.

Creativity: Driven by creativity and strategic thinking to adapt to change of environment

Citizenship: Be responsible scientists and policy makers who make decisions with consideration for minority groups as well as environmental and socio-economic implications

  • Strategic approach, Action Plan and Road-map

    The Association will rely on its strategic plan as a roadmap providing the direction for initiatives, programs and services. The ZimNA executive through ongoing strategic management will ensure that there will be room modifications to pursue the vision and mission to suit the changing environment.

  • Priority concerns for the Zimbabwe Nutrition Association (ZimNA)
    1. Setting up a sustainable Association that pursues the common vision, mission and objectives as outlined in the constitution.
    2. Growing the membership, retaining the existing members, and developing a membership benefit program that ensures their interest.
    3. Developing a ‘Fundraising Strategy’ to raise sufficient funds to run the organisation.
    4. Strengthening national, regional, and international networks, partnerships, coalitions, and alliances, recognising that nutrition has a multi-sectoral platform.
    5. As a key stakeholder in nutrition provide technical support to the Government of Zimbabwe and organise advocacy forums for nutrition and food security.
    6. Advocate for mandate to regulate nutrition professional development and practices.
    7. The ZimNA will lobby for the creation of an independent Council for Nutrition and Dietetic Professionals independent from the current regulatory body (Allied Health Practitioners Council).
    8. Evaluate and monitor existing training schools for nutrition professionals to make sure that they comply with set competencies and requirements.
    9. Contributing to curriculum enrichments in institutions of learning.
    10. Positioning ZimNA strategically in Zimbabwe to play a consultative, advisory, and advocacy role in pushing forward the nutrition agenda and policies to promote nutrition and food security in the country.
    11. Collaborating with other national and international nutrition societies; Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA), Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS), African Nutrition Society (ANS) and International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) and similar goal-oriented organisations.

Governance & Structure

Through its founding members, the objects of the Association can be summarised into four strategic objectives, each with specific goals and key activities to direct operational focus as follows;

  1. Create a forum for networking among nutrition professionals, key stake holders in nutrition and health in Zimbabwe

    The ZimNA’s mandate is to put together an Association of committed, capable and ethical nutrition cadres’ professionals registered accredited by the association. We plan to have a strong Association in which members and prospective members view the Association as vital to professional development and success.

  2. Standardise and monitor issues of training and registration of nutrition professionals in Zimbabwe

    The ZimNA intends to protect the public from fake nutrition professionals and support the statutory regulation of nutrition professionals. To this cause the ZimNA will maintain a voluntary register of nutrition professionals in Zimbabwe. In addition, ZimNA will lobby for the creation of a Nutrition and Dietetics Professionals Council that will consider issues of the ethics, scope of practice and regulation on the professional training and registration of nutrition professionals in Zimbabwe.

  3. Promote and lobby for policies and regulations that promote the nutrition agenda and ensure nutrition and food security for Zimbabweans

    The ZimNA endeavours to be the voice of nutrition in Zimbabwe and to be a promoter, adviser, and companion in efforts to promote, develop and evaluate policies and regulations that impact on nutrition and food security in Zimbabwe. The ZimNA plans to build its capacity to be able to deliver on this mandate.

  4. Promote the values of citizenship among nutrition professionals to be able to engage in community service and public awareness activities on the values of optimum nutrition through the life cycle

    The ZimNA will work with stakeholders promote community awareness of the importance of optimum nutrition. The ZimNA will advocate government to increase resource allocation for nutrition activities

ZimNA requires “seed funding” for technical and logistical input to setup and run a sustainable organisation. Implementation of the activities for the association in the 2-year set up period 2016-17 will require (200,000 USD).

The Association is in the process of establishing clear systems of income and expenditure control and auditing. In addition, a fundraising strategy is also being developed to raise funds from corporations and funding agencies both inside and outside of Zimbabwe over and above the takings from membership subscriptions (currently set at 25 USD/year). The objective is to establish appropriate levels of financial security and reserves for keeping the Association financially viable.

Organisation Structure

Where We Are Located

 Office 3-56,
   Nutrition Unit, Kaguvi Building,
   Corner Central Ave & 4th Street,
   Harare, Zimbabwe 

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