SADC Medical and Dental Regulatory Association Takes Shape

By Michael Gwarisa MEDICAL experts from six regional countries are gathered in Harare, Zimbabwe to deliberate and discuss the establishment of the SADC Medical and Dental Regulatory Association  which will act as a regulatory body overseeing operations of of the dental health sector. Officiating at the meeting, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parliamentary said the government t of Zimbabwe was fully behind the formation of the Health and Dental regulatory body for the region. “I am very excited, not only am i exited for Zimbabwe but for the…

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PEPFAR Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Document For HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today (19/09/2017) released its Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which will provide a road-map as well as identify specific areas which require investment as efforts to end the HIV pandemic intensify. VISIT: https://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/274400.pdf In his remarks, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) also includes investing in more than 50 countries with three concrete goals in mind. “First, to maintain life-saving treatment for those we currently support, while making essential…

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Buzz as world’s biggest drone drug deliveries take off in Tanzania

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Tanzania is set to launch the world’s largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save the lives of women giving birth and children struck by malaria, in a country larger than Nigeria. California’s Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda. “It’s the right move,” Lilian Mvule,…

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Rwanda Overtakes Zimbabwe On Health Funding

By Michael Gwarisa ZIMBABWE continues to lag behind in terms of allocating domestic financial resources to the health sector, falling far behind civil war stricken countries like Rwanda. According to a report dubbed “The African Regional Framework For The Implementation Of  The Global Strategy On Human Resources For Health :Workforce 2030” which was presented during the ongoing WHO 67th Regional conference in Vic falls, Rwanda was amongst the few African countries which managed to meet the Abuja Declaration target which states that governments should at least dedicate 15 percent towards…

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Hepatitis E Plagues Nigeria’s Borno State

HealthTimes Reporter While the humanitarian situation has improved to some extent in several locations in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State, it is disturbing that hundreds of people in the Ngala camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) have been infected with Hepatitis E due to poor living conditions and flooding, MSF has said. The highly contagious disease has spread quickly through the camp with 400 cases reported and four pregnant women dying in the past two months. “The situation in Ngala is very worrying,” says Nicoletta Bellio, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)’s medical…

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USAID Avails US$20 Mln To Africaid To Scale Up Zvandiri Model

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has availed a US$20 million grant towards HIV treatment, care, and support services for youths in particular those living with HIV. The grant is being awarded to a Zimbabwean private voluntary organization, Africaid who are spearheading the Zvandiri model which is targeted at young people who were born HIV positive. Speaking during the signing ceremony, USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk said “USAID is proud to partner with Africaid to help Zimbabwean children and adolescents live longer, healthier lives. The United…

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Zim NGOs In Abortion Dilema…As Trump Gov Tightens Screws

By Michael Gwarisa NON governmental organisations operating in Zimbabwe are caught between a rock and a hard surface as to whether they should support safe abortion or not as they fear frustrating top donors, HealthTimes can reveal. It has emerged that the United States Government is by far the biggest donor in most if not all donor related activities in Zimbabwe, and the recent move by the Donald Trump administration to stop financing any organisation that advocates for abortion has left many NGOs in a state quandary. Briefing Journalists during…

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Five lessons From Latest Ebola Outbreak In DRC-MSF

Four people died in the most recent Ebola outbreak that occurred in a remote, forested area of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This small outbreak (five laboratory-confirmed and three probable cases) was quickly curtailed. The international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shares lessons learned from this first occurrence of the deadly virus since the end of the large-scale Ebola outbreak that devastated West Africa in 2014-2015. 1. Train frontline health teams The scale of this outbreak was minimised, thanks in no small part to a nurse named Dieumerci.…

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Bill Gates To Fund Zim’s Primary Health Care

By Michael Gwarisa THE Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is set to avail a sizable amount of funding towards Zimbabwe’s Primary Health Care (PHC) services in a bid to bridge the funding gap bedeviling the health sector , a top Save the Children Zimbabwe official has said. In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of a Primary Health Care Budget analysis feedback meeting, Save the Children Zimbabwe Health Project Advisor Forster Matyatya     confirmed the development and said the Gates foundation has come at a time when there is…

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DRC Ebola outbreak declared over

SOUREC: 3-mob The small outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic of Congo is over, according to the World Health Organisation. Four people died and four survived after infection in what was the first outbreak since the 2014-2016 West African one that claimed 11,000 lives. It has been 42 days since the last known case. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and…

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