Harare, 08 July, 2021 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has facilitated the provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to more than 1200 pastoral workers in Zimbabwe.
In a Wednesday, July 7 report, ACN officials say they have responded to the challenge that members of the Clergy, women and men Religious face in the Southern African country amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, and facilitated the provision of masks, face shields, gloves, protective suits, gumboots and disinfectants.
“Their challenge is to cover the enormous territory of the eight Dioceses in the country in which many of the pastoral workers often are in the frontline also serving as medical and social aid,” ACN leadership says in reference to pastoral agents in Zimbabwe.
Most of the pastoral agents, ACN officials further say, serving along the borders of Zimbabwe with neighboring countries.
“Due to its position, Zimbabwe is a gateway to Botswana, Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique,” they say, and explain, “This is an issue, for example a Diocese of Chinhoyi spreads over a vast territory of 56,000 square kilometers, with a total of 142 pastoral workers.”