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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USAID/PSZ Prevents Maternal and child deaths In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa THE United States government’s partnership with Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) has managed to avert not less than 814 maternal and 3,800 child deaths over the past five years. At an event marking the five year partnership between the organisations which celebrated five years of improving access to voluntary family planning information and services to poor undeserving populations in Zimbabwe, USAID Zimbabwe Acting Deputy Mission Director, Julie Nenon said, “…the US is proud to increase availability of diverse family planning options for Zimbabweans. “Enabling couples and individuals to…

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ActionAid Commences Cash Transfer Project To Alleviate Hunger

SOURCE: ActionAid  HUMANITARIAN organization ActionAid, has commenced a cash transfer project in Manicaland province and districts with the aim of improving livelihoods of the rural populace especially those facing food insecurity. The cash transfer programme is being implemented by ActionAid with support from WFP. It is running between October 2017 until March 2018, under a Lean Season Assistance (LSA) Programme which is running at a time when vulnerable communities have food challenges owing to food scarcity caused by poor previous farming seasons. Pauline Maitera (58), from Dehwe Village, Ward 3…

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Village Health Post For Nyanga Community

By Michael Gwarisa THE ministry of Health and Child Care in partnership with Nyanga South Legislator Hon Supa Mandiwanzira this week commissioned the Bende Village Health Post in Inyanga as part of efforts by government to boost access to primary health care services in the area. In an interview with HealthTimes, Nyanga South legislator, Hon Mandiwanzira said the Health post has come at a time access to basic healthcare services was a nightmare in the Nyanga, Bende community owing to issues ranging inaccessibility of the area by health care providers…

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Harare needs permanent solution to Typhoid outbreaks- CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa THE City of Harare needs to find a permanent solution to the recurring Typhoid outbreaks which have troubled the city since beginning of this year, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike has said. Harare recently registered cases of Typhoid In Mbare, Matapi flats amid growing skepticism and doubt over the City of Harare’s capacity to resolve the issue in the short term. “The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) urges the Harare City Council (HCC) to urgently address the key drivers of typhoid in…

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Public Health Bill To Take Longer Than Expected- Experts

By Daniel Phiri GAZETTING of the Public Health Bill (PHA) which is being prepared in Parliament might take longer than expected, legal watchdog Veritas Zimbabwe has said. In its Bill Watch update series dated October 20, 2017, Veritas Zimbabwe said the Bill had been taken to the government printer but was likely to take long before it is gazetted. “Parliament’s latest Status of Bills list reflects that the Public Health Bill was sent to the Government Printer on 3rd October.As this is bound to be a very long Bill that…

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People Living With Albinism Want Free Sunscreens

By Michael Gwarisa  PEOPLE living with Albinism should be given free access to Sunscreens and lotions at all health facilities so to increase accessibility of the products and reduce skin cancers among people with albinism, Zimbabwe Albino Association director Mercy Maunganidze has said. Briefing delegates at the launch of the 2017 People Living With Albinism Awareness Campaign, Maunganidze said the  average cost of a Sunscreen tube and lotion costs between $8 and $20 and was beyond the reach of many adding that a person living with albinism requires four to five…

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