Traditional Healers To Patent Medicines

TRADITIONAL healers are working towards patenting as well as improve on the packaging of traditional medicines and herbs in a bid to protect their works against duplication as well as keep in touch with developing business trends. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at a Zimbabwe National Practitioners¬† (ZINIPA) meeting in Harare, ZINIPA founding President, Mr¬† Friday Chishanyu said it was time traditional healers move from old ways of doing business if they are to realize meaningful profits from their works. “We want to patent our work so as to avoid duplication…

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The Power of Virginity

In Zimbabwe there are many myths around the subject of virginity and menstrual blood. By Hazel Stede The Myths: 1 Some people believe women should not walk among the cattle when they are menstruating as they may cause the cattle to lose their skin. 2 A woman must not put salt in the cooking or someone may get sick. 3 Women, when they are menstruating are unclean and not permitted to attend certain gatherings or church services. 4 If a man sleeps with a woman when she is menstruating, his…

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Sex Workers Conference Expose Health Workers Unprofessionalism

NEGATIVE attitudes coupled with high level stigma by nursing and other health staff at various health centers is to blame for the high Anti Retro-viral Treatment (ART) default rate among sex workers in various parts of the country, sex worker organisations have said. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru These revelations were made by sex worker organisations at the just ended National Sex Workers conference that was hosted by the Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) in Gweru which aimed among other things to deliberate on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) issues…

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