What we do

Food security and Livelihoods

Since its inception, the NANZ has worked through its network members to improve older men and women’s livelihoods through:

  • Support to community horticulture gardens.
  • Support to production of small ruminants.
  • Supporting market linkages

Health

NANZ implemented interventions focussing on primary health care, nutrition, public health and hygiene education, access to safe clean water and sanitation facilities.

The NANZ also worked on 2 other projects. One is a three year programme that was funded by Age UK and DFID. The programme was implemented by Island Hospice and Healthcare, CCCDS and Zimbabwe Older Persons Organisation in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care with the aim to improve older people’s access to and benefit from health services in Zimbabwe.The project was implemented in Gwanda, Mutoko, Zvishavane and Mberengwa Districts

The second programme implemented was the SADC funded programme to promote the inclusion of the 50+ population group in the fight against AIDS. This programme was implemented in Zvishavane District.

Advocacy

The NANZ has played a pivotal role in advocating for the rights of older people in Zimbabwe. The advocacy efforts connect local issues to regional and national platforms. Some of the activities include campaigns around International Days (World Health Day, World Elder Abuse Awareness day and International Day for Older Persons)

NANZ is also engaging with parliament through Parliamentary Portfolio Committees in an effort to ensure older persons on the agenda of parliament especially as it regards the provision of non-contributory pension and health insurance. The Network is also advocating at National level for the development of the Convention on the Rights of Older people through encouraging government support for the convention.

Citizen Participation

The Network works to bring together older persons and equip them with knowledge and skills essential to address issues affecting older persons in their areas. Through Older Persons Associations the older persons discuss issues affecting them in their community and established Older Persons Committees collect data through Older Citizens Monitoring. Through this, OPs are able to engage service providers to discuss what could be done to address concerns by older persons