Parliament Pushes For Command Sanitary Pads Production

LEGISLATORS have called for command sanitary pads production in a bid to avert the prevailing crisis which has been exacerbated by the recent prices increases of sanitary products due to foreign currency shortages. By Michael Gwarisa Contributing to a motion raised by Honorable Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga in the National Assembly, Pelandaba-Mpopoma legislator Joseph Tshuma said sanitary pads availability should match that of condoms and priority must be given to the girl child to menstruate with dignity. “As much as other people have said that if you visit the toilet you…

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Find more home grown solutions for AIDS Levy: CWGH

By HealthTimes Reporter The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) feels there should be more indigenous solutions to grow the AIDS Levy in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators  contribute  5% levy on all airtime purchases for mobile telecoms to the AIDS Levy. Joining the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, CWGH said despite the country making strides in reducing the prevalence rate, new infections continue to occur. “However, it is important to note that new infections have not yet stopped, nor have AIDS deaths. ART coverage is…

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Aids Levy Collections Shrink

By Michael Gwarisa HIGH informalisation of the economy and massive company closures alongside job cuts have had an adverse impact on Aids Levy collections, a National Aids Council (NAC) official has said. According to NAC’s Accounting officer Godfrey Mzari, collections to the AIDS Levy have been on a downward trend since the year 2014 and 2017 is likely to be even worse. “Currently, the AIDS levy is being collected from the formal sector, by formal sector we mean registered employees. Its collected by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and disbursed…

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#BREAKING: NAC Targets Informal Sector Over AIDS Levy

By Michael Gwarisa THE National Aids Council (NAC) is engaging government and policy makers to consider taxing the informal sector in a bid to beef up the Aids Levy coffers which are reportedly dwindling. Briefing Journalists during a Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) media engagement meeting in the capital, NAC’s National Advocacy Coordinator Trust Govera said AIDS levy collections fell in 2016 and measures were currently underway to increase domestic financing for HIV related programs and taxing the informal sector was one of them. “Government is in the process…

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Release Health Levy Stats says Labode… As Gov receives only $6mln

By Staff Reporter PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Care chairperson Dr Ruth Labode has challenged government to release current statistics for the Health Levy. The call comes amidst revelations that Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) only received US$6 million from the Health Levy without further details of the collections. Speaking at the Family Planning Symposium, Dr Labode said there is need for transparency and that mobile phone network companies need to also confirm the figures being mentioned by government. “The US$ 6 million is it for…

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AIDS levy to fund cancer fight

Shamiso Yikoniko Sundaimail At least 7 000 new cases of cancer are recorded every year in Zimbabwe, resulting in 1 500 deaths. Moreover, 60 percent of these cancers are associated with HIV. As a result, the National Aids Council began procuring cancer detection equipment and drugs in 2012 to diversify its measures to fight HIV and Aids. NAC monitoring and evaluation director Mr Amon Mpofu confirmed the development and said these will not be reserved for people living with HIV only. “The procured cancer equipment and drugs will be distributed…

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More funding needed for HIV prevention- NAC

By Michael Gwarisa FUNDING towards HIV prevention programs is insignificant as more resources are being channeled towards HIV treatment, a top National Aids Council (NAC) official has said. In an interview with HealthTimes news, NAC director operations Raymond Yekeye said funding HIV prevention was currently on the low and called on stakeholders to consider scaling up financing of prevention initiatives. “Currently, the country has limited funding for HIV prevention as the majority of the resources are being channeled towards treatment in order to ensure we keep those already on ART…

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