300 Zim women get fistula treatment

By Kudakwashe Pembere Over 300 Zimbabwean women have received fistula repair surgery since inception in 2009, a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Zimbabwe) official said. Addressing media yesterday, UNFPA Zimbabwe Deputy Country Resident Mr Yu Yu said there is one centre offering this surgery. “In Zimbabwe UNFPA is leading the Campaign to End Obstetric Fistula through a collaborative effort with partners, Women and Health Alliance International (WAHA) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care. This journey began in 2009 with support to the Ministry to conduct an obstetric fistula…

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Zim Musing Upon 8 Antenatal visits for pregnant women

By Kuda Pembere AT the borderline is Zimbabwe trying to consider adopting latest World Health Organisation’s antenatal care guidelines requiring eight antenatal contacts instead of four that the country is currently doing well with. In November last year, WHO recommended that a minimum of eight contacts for antenatal care can reduce perinatal deaths by up to 8 per 1000 births when compared to a minimum of four visits. Sharing findings in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) SWOP report on Wednesday (today), the organisation’s local Assistant Ms Abbigail Msemburi said…

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Govt Moots Banning Sale of Beer To Pregnant Women

HealthTimes Reporter  IN  a move that is likely to get widespread resistance from women, Government has revived its bid to ban sale of alcohol to pregnant women.\ According to the SundayMail, the National Alcohol Policy has since received blessings from various line ministries and is set to be tabled in Cabinet anytime soon. The push to enforce a host of restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol follows Government’s concern over increasing cases of abuse of the “wise waters” countrywide. The policy is the brainchild of former Health Minister…

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Maternal deaths reach 176

By Staff Reporter Over 170 expecting mothers died giving birth since the beginning of the year with teenagers being at high risk. In its weekly disease statistical update, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said there were two maternal deaths. “The Ministry of Health and Child Care weekly disease report has shown that two maternal deaths were reported during the week ending July 23, 2017. “The deaths were reported from Harare Central Hospital. The cumulative figures for maternal deaths are 176,” read the report. At high risk of maternal…

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Women Should Breastfeed At Work- Minister

By Michael Gwarisa WORKING environments should be conducive enough to allow women to breastfeed during working hours, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said. He said this while officially opening the 2017 World Breast Feeding Week in Highfields today (3 August 2017). “When children are breast fed, they get sick less often. Employers benefit from having a more contended and productive workforce due to less employee absenteeism, increased loyalty and less staff turnover. Parental protection and other workplace policies can enable women to combine breastfeeding with paid…

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Lack Of Investment Hampering Breast Feeding Efforts

New analysis shows an investment of US$4.70 per newborn could generate US$300 billion in economic gains by 2025 GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast…

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Zim Beats Global Family Planning Target

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe has achieved the FP 2020 goal of increasing contraceptive prevalence rate three years beforehand. In 2012, the Zimbabwean government at the London FP2020 summit vowed to up access to quality modern contraceptives to couples, women and girls by 2020. To fulfil this pledge precociously alongside putting into effect the National Family Planning Strategy, government consulting several stakeholders in the health sector such as UNFPA, developed the National FP Costed Implementation Plan 2016-2020. Speaking on behalf of Health and Child Care minister DR David Parirenyatwa, the ministry’s…

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World Population Day 2017: 4 Reasons Why Family Planning Is Important

Family Planning is not just a part of curbing growing population but also has positive impact at individual level. This World Population Day, read on to know about the advantages of planning your family wisely. World Population Day is observed on 11 July every year to reaffirm the human right to plan a family. It encourages activities to create awareness about the importance of family planning throughout the world. This day also tries to spread knowledge about other important issues including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. According…

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Iron Deficiency Common In Zim Toddlers and Pregnant Woman

By Michael Gwarisa LACK of proper nutrients in foods consumed in Zimbabwe has led to a surge in iron deficiency and anemia cases amongst toddlers and pregnant woman, a ministry of health official has said. Presenting during a Communication for Development discussion on the implementation of the National Nutrition Communication Strategy organised by UNICEF today, Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dexter Chagwena said cases of malnutrition in toddlers and pregnant women were high in Zimbabwe hence the need for food fortification. “Food fortification involves including minute levels…

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UNFPA Donates Reproductive Health Kits To Flood Victims

By Staff Reporter UNITED Nations Family Population Fund (UNFPA) has handed over reproductive health and dignity kits valued at US$189 000 to women and girls affected by Cyclone Dineo in Tsholotsho, Muzarabani and Mbire districts. Some parts of the country were affected by floods which came as a result of high rainfall and the situation was further worsened by the tropical Cyclone Dineo in March this year forcing government to appeal for assistance from development partners.   Addressing delegates at the official handover ceremony of the kits, UNFPA Assistant Representative…

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