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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Traditional Leaders Driving Primary Health Care

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mapanzure TRADITIONAL leaders have always been key figures in the upholding of societal standards and effecting laws that guide and protect citizens since time immemorial. Under the African setup, traditional leaders in this case, chiefs, village headmen, district officers, Councillors among others play a pivotal role in determining the fate of their people. In Zimbabwe, traditional leaders hold key functions even at top political levels as the constitution of Zimbabwe recognises the role of traditional chiefs and leaders. It is through their influence that traditional…

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Kenya’s schoolgirls to get free sanitary pads from government

SOURCE:BBC All Kenyan schoolgirls are to get free sanitary pads, the government has said. It is hoped the move will improve access to education in a country where many cannot afford sanitary products like pads and tampons. According to the UN’s education agency, one in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa misses school during their period. Some girls reportedly lose 20% of their education for this reason, making them more likely to drop out of school altogether. The amendment to the education act, signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta this…

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Home Birth Delivery Cases Drop

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Guruve  THE number of home deliveries by pregnant mothers has largely dropped over the past few years owing to the extensive roll out of Health Centre Committees (HCCs) around the country. The initiative which is being spearheaded by Save the Children Zimbabwe in collaboration with its funding partners DFID and EC through a program dubbed “Strengthening Community Participation In Health,” has seen at least 21 districts around the country’s 10 provinces benefiting as witnessed by the massive increase in community members participation in primary health…

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