Stool-Based diagnosis Could Eradicate TB In Children

A simple method for processing stool samples for Xpert MTB/RIF testing using minimal equipment has been announced at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health and could enable the identification of thousands of children with  tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) disease – drastically reducing the numbers of children under five dying from TB. Currently, an estimated 239,000 children die every year from tuberculosis (TB). Children with TB rarely die when they receive standard treatment for the disease, but 90 percent of children who die from TB worldwide went untreated.…

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Zim Needs Strong Domestic Funding For Nutrition- Civil Society

THE National Coordinator for Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA), Kudwakwashe Zombe says domestic funding towards nutrition in Zimbabwe was still very low, amidst indications that the national budget currently allocates a paltry 0.47% to nutrition.   By Michael Gwarisa Governments around the world are expected to allocate at least 15 percent from the national budget to the health sector but Zimbabwe has been struggling to meet the benchmark a situation which has seen the sector turn its begging bowl to the donor community. Briefing delegates during…

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Breastfeeding At Workplaces: Reality Or Mirage

THE world over, companies are struggling to implement breastfeeding friendly working environments owing to conflicting interests chief among them being the fear of losing out on productive hours and profits at the expense of breastfeeding.  By Michael Gwarisa As a result, most companies have developed a negative attitude towards women of childbearing age with some companies going to the extent of hiring women only on a fixed contract basis just to avoid keeping them around forever. In Kenya  however women have come out guns blazing against government and the private…

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Zim launches School Health Policy

ZIMBABWE has launched a school health policy which will act as a yardstick towards planning and programming for school children’s  health activities and the sector at large. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch ceremony, Health and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the policy had come at a time when Zimbabwe needed an education sector specific policy which will scale up disease prevention and programing in schools. “Ill health in schools has been characterised by increasing incidence and prevalence of communicable diseases like HIV infection, tuberculosis, including neglected…

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Zim Underreports Childhood TB Cases

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation says Zimbabwe has been underreporting child TB cases over the years which has seen the country lag behind the benchmarked number. By Kuda Pembere Addressing journalists at a media sensitisation meeting, EGPAF Unitaid Catalysing Pediatric Tuberculosis Innovation CaP TB leader Dr Tichaona Nyamundaya said on the back of underreporting of TB cases coupled with difficulties in diagnosing children, Zimbabwe hit below the required percentage of notifications. “So moving on to Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is among the top 30 high burden countries. This applies for both…

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Zim Commemorates World Oral Health Day

Zimbabwe on Wednesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Oral Health Day. By Kudakwashe Pembere The celebrations ran under the theme Say Ahhh. Think mouth. Think health. Officiating the celebrations, Health and Childcare minister Dr David Parirenyatwa revealed that about 30 percent of Zimbabwean children have been found with tooth decay alongside a 60 percent having a tooth or more pulled. “In Zimbabwe in at each school’s screening a significant proportion have tooth decay (more than 30%) and at every community outreach more than 60% of the…

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BRONCHIOLITIS OUTBREAK: Situation under control

Close to a hundred children who have been affected by an infection called bronchiolitis have been admitted at Harare Central Hospital and some of them are sharing oxygen cylinders. SOURCE: ZBC NEWS ONLINE The government has confirmed the country has been hit by an outbreak of bronchiolitis. The infection mostly affects children under the age of two and the symptoms are coughing and breathlessness. The casualty area at Harare Central Hospital today was busy with more than 50 parents whose children were exhibiting symptoms of the bronchiolitis infection and have…

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KidzCan Honors Childhood Cancer Survivors

KIDZCAN, a local organization which deals with childhood cancer cases in Zimbabwe has applaud childhood cancer survivors for their resilience in fighting cancer. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during the launch Orange Week which marks celebrations for children living with cancer, Kidzcan Executive Director, Daniel Mckenzie said Kidzcan had over the years exhibited resilience in supporting children living with cancer. “As we stand in solidarity with international childhood cancer day, we acknowledge that childhood cancer in Zimbabwe as in the rest of low medium countries claims more lives. Statistics have shown…

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Kariba District Records Decline In Malnutrition Cases

By Michael Gwarisa In Kariba KARIBA District has recorded a decline in malnutrition cases since 2016 owing to rigorous interventions by the ministry of health in collaboration with Save the Children. In an interview on the sidelines of a media sensitisation tour in Siyakobvu, Save the Children Nutrition Officer, Talent Kadungu said malnutrition has been on the decline since the adoption of the interventions in the various districts including Kariba and Binga. “Kariba has been one of the most affected regions in the country with cases of severe malnutrition and…

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Zim Children Threatened By Stunting

By Kudakwashe Pembere STUNTING is proving to be a big menace to proper child nutrition, growth and development in Zimbabwe and if not nipped, could lead to a double burden of child malnutrition and over nutrition, a Food and Nutrition Council official has said. The World Health Organisation defines stunting as the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation. Children are defined as stunted if their height-for-age is more than two standard deviations below the WHO Child Growth Standards median. Speaking…

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