USAID Launches $25 million Family Health Progam

USAID has launched a $25 million family health program dubbed the Mhuli/Imuli which is a five year package meant to improve the health of Zimbabwean families By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch, USAID mission director Stephanie Funk, said the program is a partnership between FHI360 and the USAID and will expand martenal, newborn, child health and family planning services. “Today is an exiting day. It is exiting because we are celebrating the launch of our new five year $25 million program called Mhuri/Imuli. In English, that means family. USAID…

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ARVs safe for pregnant mothers-Gvt

UPTAKE of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs has been scientifically proven to be safe even for pregnant women contrary to the popular belief that expecting women are not allowed to take any medication during the gestation period. By Michael Gwarisa in Chinhoyi Briefing Journalists during a National Aids Council (NAC) Media sensitisation workshop in Chinhoyi, National PMTCT and Paediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Angela Mushavi said HIV positive pregnant women should register at health institutions early so as to get…

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#BREAKING: Public Health Bill finally gazetted

By Daniel Phiri  THE much awaited Public Health Bill (PHB) that seeks among other things to replace the outdated Public Health Act enacted in 1924 has been gazetted and will soon be making its way to Parliament for First Reading. Although it has been designated as urgent, the Public Health Bill has faced a lot of delays along the way which include a shortage of staff at the Attorney General’s office coupled with other delays at the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) offices owing to unavailability of the…

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Parly to conduct public hearings on effects of contraceptives

By Daniel Phiri PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Woman Affairs, Gender and Community Development is set to hold public hearings to gather views on the alleged effects of family planning methods (Hormonal contraceptives). The public hearings which will be held in about eight towns (Lupane, Bulawayo, Mberengwa, Zvishavane, Masvingo, Chivhu, Bindura and Mazowe) across the country are scheduled to start from the 4th to 8th of December 2017. According to the Committee, “interested groups and organisations are invited to the consultations. The contributions made will be considered by the Portfolio Committee…

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Illegal Sex Enhancing Drugs Flood Zim- CID

By Michael Gwarisa ZIMBABWE is under siege from Sex Enhancing drugs which are finding their way into  the country through porous entry points, a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) drug section officer Majaha Mukwananzi has said. He said this during the ongoing Healthcare Fraud Indaba being hosted by the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHfoZ). “Sex enhances are becoming one of the major challenges in Zimbabwe and abuse of the these drugs has just gone beyond normal. “The drugs are coming in different forms, they can be in liquid form,…

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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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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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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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Female Condom Uptake Still Low

By Michael Gwarisa UPTAKE of female condoms is currently at 0.1% owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being cultural and religious beliefs, HealthTimes has learnt. Briefing a Media Workshop organised by UNFPA in Kadoma  this morning, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) Assistant Director Evaluation and Research Lovejoy Gamba said they intend to reduce teenage pregnancies from 24% to 12% by 2020. “The ZNFPC aims to increase Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) from 59% to 68% and reduce teenage pregnancy from the current 24% to 125 by 2020.…

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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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