Deforestation Threatens Traditional/Modern Medicines Future

CONTINUED depletion of vegetation for industrial, domestic and agricultural purposes, poses a great threat to the existence of traditional and scientific medicines, as they both rely heavily of biodiversity for medical sources, a top Traditional medicines practitioner has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Zimbabwe National Practitioners  (ZINIPA) founding President, Mr  Friday Chishanyu said the destruction of vegetation was forcing traditional medicines practitioners to travel long distances in search of medicines. “The issue of deforestation is not affecting traditional medicines alone but both scientific and traditional medicines practices…

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Kenya To Host Inaugural Africa Nutrition Investor Conference

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)  an international organisation founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and driven by the mission of a world without malnutrition- is hosting the first-ever Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 16-17, to invite and engage private sector investors to play a key role in improving nutrition across Africa. The event is hosted in partnership with Royal DSM, a purpose-led global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living recognized for its global fight against malnutrition, the SUN Business Network and African Business…

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How to use a Butterfly Menstrual Cup

The Butterfly Menstrual cup is made from 100% medical grade silicone and is designed to be worn internally.   To insert the Butterfly Cup simply fold it into a C shape fold and insert it into the vagina. Some ladies prefer to squat down to insert the cup or put one foot on the toilet or even lie down. There is no right or wrong position and you should use which ever suits you and your body. The Butterfly Cup should sit high enough that you cannot feel it but…

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KidzCan Donates Family Lounge To Pari Pediatric Cancer Ward

IN a move set to boost moral and survival rate for child cancer patiants, pediatric  cancer focused Non Governmental Organisation, KidzCan has handed over a modernised family lounge to Parirenyatwa pediatric cancer Ward which will act as a haven for mothers whose children will be admitted. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the handover ceremony, Parirenyatwa Director Operations, Mr Edson Mundenda said the move by Kidzcan has come at a time when the need for a proper and comfortable waiting lounge was huge. “What you see here is just a glimpse…

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$1.2 billion HIV Funding For Men Launched

GLOBAL partners gathered at the ongoing 2018 International Conference in Amsterdam today launched a $1.2 billion funding earmarked for HIV programming for men in a bid to scale up diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection in men. By Michael Gwarisa The program dubbed MenStar Coalition  was announced by Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex, the MenStar Coalition brings together the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the U.S.  Partners involve include the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Unitaid, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the…

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Of Sex Work and Dangerous , Illegal Abortions

SEX work the world over, is tagged the oldest profession in the history of mankind, having manifested itself  in the most ancient and primitive societies, the trade was popular in ancient Egypt and Greece, where it was practiced at various socioeconomic levels. By Michael Gwarisa However, legalising the profession has been a contentious issue in Zimbabwe and most parts of the world including those which had once legalised the trade for example Thailand. In 2017, Thailand tourism minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul announced that she wants the country’s sex industry “gone.” Criminalising…

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Kadoma Health Scare…As Council Neglects SQ Residents

“Young kids are exposed to sex at a very young age as they share a room with their parents and they watch everything….”   The chatter of kids playing, punctuated by the strong stench of sewage water flowing through the streets repulsively embraced us as we made our way into one of Zimbabwe’s oldest high density suburb of Rimuka in the Single Quarters (SQ) and the General Barracks (GB). By Michael Gwarisa recently in Kadoma A right turn from the main road into the  SQ and GB areas under Ward…

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President Salutes Zimplats…As Company Refurbishes Kadoma Hospital

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday applauded giant Platinum mining company, Zimplats for refurbishing Kadoma General Hospital in line with modern day Universal Health Care (UHC) standards. By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma Officiating at the handover ceremony and commissioning of equipment and refurbishment works at  Kadoma Hospital, President Mnagangagwa said there was still an infrastructural gap in the health sector and the refurbishment of Kadoma hospital by Zimplats was a wake-up call to other mining companies to also invest in health infrastructure. “In this world, economic performance and growth are vital in…

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Open Letter To President ED

Dear Mr President: I hope this letter finds you well. I also hope that you will take time off your busy schedule considering its election period, to take a glance at my letter. As the election draws nearer, let me wish you the best of luck and let the best man win under a free, credible and fair environment. However, my letter is not a political one since i am not  much of a political writer and my bias towards health, gender and human rights issues unquestionable. This particular letter…

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No Joy for Medical Aid Companies after Elections

ZIMBABWE’S two main political parties, ZANU PF and the MDC Alliance have vowed to cleanse the Medical Aid services sector soon after the elections amidst growing concerns that the firms are engaging in double dipping tendencies with most players reportedly running private clinics, pharmacies and other services outside their operating regulatory framework. By Michael Gwarisa The industry is facing a plethora of problems, chief among them the high cost of medical services, which has excluded the majority of the people. The industry has elevated the more expensive secondary care and…

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