JICA Improves Zim’s HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Skills

JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Resident Representative Mr Shumon Yoshiara says the Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity  for HIV/AIDS response programs were a resounding success and has manged to compile data that will go a long way in answering HIV related question in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In Kadoma Speaking during the Final Workshop where data experts were presenti9ng their findings from the project, Mr  Yoshiara said the project which was birthed by bilateral relations between the government of Zimbabwe and Japan had gone a long way in building capacity…

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Single Dose, Oral Cholera Vaccine Proves Effective In Zambia- MSF

In another promising development for people affected by large-scale cholera epidemics, recent data from Zambia’s 2016 cholera epidemic has highlighted that just one dose of oral vaccine provides effective short-term protection against the disease during an outbreak, similar to that of the currently recommended two doses. HealthTimes Correspondent The results of the study – conducted by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the organisation’s research arm, Epicentre, the Zambian Ministry Of Health (MOH), the Pasteur Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO) – are being published in the 8 February edition of…

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UNICEF Takes ICT WASH Drive To The Grassroots

UNICEF Zimbabwe has embarked on an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training program dubbed Technology for Development #T4D in rural Zimbabwe to ensure equitable use of safe drinking water, sanitation and improved hygiene practices. Through their official Facebook page, Unicef said the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) sector has established #RWIMS(Rural WASH Management Information System) and #Rapidpro in response to the need for accurate and timely up-to date data. “#RWIMS is a mobile-to-web-based system which captures and stores WASH data in near #real-time providing quick access to national data on WASH infrastructure at all governance…

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USAid programme throws lifeline to mothers, babies

SAKUBVA District Hospital is located in a high-density suburb in Sakubva, Mutare. This public hospital, surrounded by large mountains, has become a safe haven for mothers and babies from remote areas who would have faced complications at birth. BY FLORENCE RONDOZAI/ DOREEN HOVE The hospital has one of the 29 Kangaroo Mother Care units for premature babies in Manicaland province that the USAid-supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Programme (MCHIP) made functional through extensive training of health care workers, refurbishments, and supply of new equipment. These units have been instrumental…

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Cholera Outbreak Exposes Gvt’s Lack Of Political Will- CWGH

THE prevailing Cholera outbreak which surfaced in Chegutu last week, killing at least five people, leaving others hospitalized has exposed government’s lack of political will and desire to solve the recurring Cholera outbreaks, a top community health expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Itai Rusike said government was not doing enough to bring finality to the Cholera nuisance and such an approach could pave way to an even worse Cholera crisis. “The latest outbreak of cholera in Chegutu and…

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Zimboz In Diaspora Form Health Association

Zimbabweans in the Diaspora have formed a health Association, the  Zimbabwean Diaspora Health Alliance (ZDHA) in a bid to strengthen diaspora participation in Zimbabwe’s health system. In a statement on their Facebook page, ZDHA said, “Having realized the need for the Zimbabwean diaspora to participate in strengthening the health system in their country of origin we formed this alliance which will be a Single Point of Access( SPA) for the diaspora to the ministry of health in Zimbabwe. “Currently we have several groups in the diaspora doing different great things…

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Delta Introduces Designated Driver Concept To Curb Road Carnage

By Michael Gwarisa DELTA Beverages Private Limited has introduced the Designated Driver model, in a bid to combat road carnage pre and post the festive season period. Delta Beverages Corporate Affairs Manager,  Tsungie Manyeza said the Designated Driver concept was born out of the realization that drinking and driving was the major contributing factor to road accidents and carnage. “A designated driver is one person who is appointed or volunteers from a group of party goers who are traveling together to be the driver of the group after the party. “He…

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Government Applauds MSF Epworth HIV/TB Project

By Michael Gwarisa HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa has applauded Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) for putting up a state  Epworth HIV/TB project which is aimed at combating the HIV and Tb epidemics. Speaking during the handover ceremony of the MSF project to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) today (6/12/2017), minister Parirenyatwa said MSF’s efforts in significantly reducing the HIV prevalence and new incidence as well as scaling up of antiretroviral therapy over the years were commendable. “Our government remains committed to creating an enabling…

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Kariba Villagers Travel 350 km To See A Doctor

By Michael Gwarisa recently In Kariba CONTINUED decay and deteriorating of services worsened by the absence of a resident Doctor at Siakobvu Rural Hospital in Nyaminyami, Kariba has forced villagers to travel 350 kilometers to Kariba  for expert medical attention. Despite the rugged terrain and huge presence of ferocious wildlife, patients have to brace the evils all in search of better healthcare services. In the event of referral cases occurring, the local hospital has to pump out loads of money purchasing fuel to ferry patients to Kariba or Karoi hospitals.…

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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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