Polygamy Hampers Nutrition Interventions in Binga

By Michael Gwarisa in Binga, Matelele POLYGAMY is one oldest practice in African culture including Zimbabwe. Back in the day, having more than one wife was a sign of power and wealth and men could be revered for exhibiting such capabilities. More women would translate to greater yields and productivity in the fields was guaranteed as the women would bear more children  who would work in the fields hence making him a household name in the community. In modern-day Rural Matelele Village in Binga, Polygamy is not a crime and…

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Sweden, Ireland pour US$4.7m towards ending GBV in Zimbabwe

By Daniel Phiri GOVERNMENTS of Sweden and Ireland have signed an agreement of cooperation with the United Nations committing US$4.7 million to support a joint program on Zero Tolerance to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) 365 in Zimbabwe. The commitment comes at a time when the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) 2015 has confirmed that violence against women and girls remains a huge problem with at least 1in every 3 women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. ZDHS also revealed that 27 percent in the same age…

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The Nomads Of Siakobvu…A Sad Reality Caused By Droughts and Malnutrition

By Michael Gwarisa in Kariba, Siakobvu A 350 kilometer drive through the woods and dense forest from Kariba town through a meandering dusty and partially gravel road leads one to an almost invisible settlement called Siakobvu  in Nyaminyami rural district. Every year, the people in the area have to contend with little food hand-outs they get from well-wishers and non-governmental organisations owing to the perennial hunger and critical food shortages the community experiences annually. Even though some farmers in the area have already commenced land preparations for the 2017/18 cropping season,…

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Kariba District Records Decline In Malnutrition Cases

By Michael Gwarisa In Kariba KARIBA District has recorded a decline in malnutrition cases since 2016 owing to rigorous interventions by the ministry of health in collaboration with Save the Children. In an interview on the sidelines of a media sensitisation tour in Siyakobvu, Save the Children Nutrition Officer, Talent Kadungu said malnutrition has been on the decline since the adoption of the interventions in the various districts including Kariba and Binga. “Kariba has been one of the most affected regions in the country with cases of severe malnutrition and…

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Dr Stamps Declared National Hero

By Kudakwashe Pembere HEALTH Advisor to former President of Zimbabwe and former Health minister , Dr Timothy Stamps who died on Sunday has been declared a National Hero. He succumbed to a lung infection at Borrowdale Trauma Centre. According to ZBC News, Zanu PF Politburo members, Dr Obert Mpofu, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo and Dr David Parirenyatwa visited the Stamps home at plot number 6 Weston Road off Hatcliffe in Harare to deliver the message this afternoon. Dr Stamps’ widow, Cindy and eldest son, Kenyon welcomed the decision to confer…

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Stamps a champion of equal rights

Nyemudzai Kakore Herald Correspondent Doctor Timothy Stamps has been described by his family as a champion of black emancipation, as he advocated equal treatment and services between blacks and whites. Dr Stamps, who was Health Advisor to the President and Cabinet and former Minister of Health and Child Care, died on Sunday at Borrowdale Trauma Centre after a lung infection. He was 81. In an interview with The Herald yesterday, his son, Talfin, said his father was criticised for his ideology on black people, as he believed that all men were…

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Parly to conduct public hearings on effects of contraceptives

By Daniel Phiri PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Woman Affairs, Gender and Community Development is set to hold public hearings to gather views on the alleged effects of family planning methods (Hormonal contraceptives). The public hearings which will be held in about eight towns (Lupane, Bulawayo, Mberengwa, Zvishavane, Masvingo, Chivhu, Bindura and Mazowe) across the country are scheduled to start from the 4th to 8th of December 2017. According to the Committee, “interested groups and organisations are invited to the consultations. The contributions made will be considered by the Portfolio Committee…

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Mugabe’s health adviser dies

By Staff Reporter HEALTH Advisor to former President of Zimbabwe, Dr Timothy Stamps has died. Dr Stamps was born on 15 October 1936 in Wales, United Kingdom and served as Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health and Child Welfare (now Ministry of Health and Child Care) from 1986 to 2002 and for most of this period he was the only white member of the Robert Mugabe led government. The cause of his death was not immediately available More details to follow…

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Barnabas Tondhlana To Head East and Southern African Health Reporters Forum

By Michael Gwarisa In Nairobi Kenya VETERAN Zimbabwean Journalist, Barnabas Tondhlana has been unanimously endorsed to chair the newly formed East and Southern Africa Harm Reduction Health Reporters Initiative. The initiative was formed on November 2017 in Naivasha, following a convention by tobacco industry stakeholders on tobacco harm reduction. The group consists of over 60 journalists drawn from Nigeria, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Tondhlana has more than 20 years Journalism experience and has headed various news organisations in…

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Technology Key In Reducing Tobacco Harm- Experts

By Michael Gwarisa In Nairobi, Kenya ADOPTING new technologies such as the E-Cigarettes could go a long way in alleviating harm caused by tobacco smoking, experts have said. These development came out during the the Tobacco Harm Reduction Workshop in Naivash-Kenya which is aimed at pushing to provide a new frontier to a smoke free world as well as discuss how new technologies can reduce tobacco harm and accelerate the journey to a smoke-free world The conference, themed “Tobacco harm reduction: Towards a smoke free world” identified the urgent need to…

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