Boost For PSZ Family Planning Projects…As Swedish Embassy Avails $8.5 Million

POPULATION Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) has received an amount to the tune of $8.5 million from the Embassy of Sweden which is meant for scaling up family planning projects around the country under the Blue Star initiative. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the PSZ Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Family planning project launch, First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa said the SRHR partnership between PSZ, the Swedish and Zimbabwean government was  a step in the right direction for Zimbabwe. “I am deeply humbled to be part of this great initiative that…

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21 000 Women Screened During First Lady’s Cervical Cancer Campaign

DIRECTOR family health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Benard Madzima says the ongoing Cervical Cancer screening and awareness campaign being spearheaded by the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa in partnership with the ministry of health has so far screened more than 20 000 women, up from the 5000 that were screened in the same period in 2017. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the Passover ceremony for the Apostolic Faith Mission of the Holy ghost, Dr Madzima said the exercise has managed to change perception regarding…

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Gov Rolls Out HPV Vaccine…800 000 Girls To Benefit

THE ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners has rolled out a countrywide Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine with the aim of preventing young girls from contracting the virus when they become sexually active. By Michael Gwarisa The program is targeting girls aged nine to 14 who are believed not to be sexually active and yet to contract the HPV virus which is responsible for 99% of Cervical Cancers. Briefing Journalists Wednesday morning in Harare, Health and Child care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the roll-out…

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Cancer Kills More Women Than Men In Zim

MORE women died from cancer related illnesses over the past two years compared to their male counterparts, as cancer continues to wreak havoc in Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Health and Child Care has said. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing delegates during the World Cancer Day celebrations in Marondera, Health Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said at least 1 11 1 women (53%) died of cancer while 951 men (46.1 %) succumbed to the disease bringing the total figure of cancer mortality to 2 062  in 2016. “The most frequent occurring caners among…

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NAC HIV/Cancer Golf Tournament Kicks Off On High Note

By Michael Gwarisa THE National Aids Council fund raising HIV & Cancer Prevention Drive Golf tournament kicked today amidst calls by government for men to partner women in the fight against Cervical cancer. In an interview with Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister Abigail Damasane on the sidelines of the tournament, she said it was crucial for women to also participate in sporting activities which traditionally used to be male dominated. “Even if we are to back to the bible, dating itself was always a men’s world. In the sphere of…

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Engaging in Sex Early Exposing Girls To Cervical Cancer

“It is also advisable for young girls not to engage in sex at an early ages as this has been seen to be another factor behind the rise in Cervical Cancer in Zimbabwe…” By Michael Gwarisa YOUNG girls who engage in sexual intercourse at an early age (9-18) are at a greater risk of developing cervical cancer in the long run, an Island Hospise official has said. Speaking in a program HIV Interventions on Star FM yesterday, Island Hospise Training Manager Franciscah Tsikai urged young girls to abstain from sex…

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Oral Sex Spreading Tongue Cancer

By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma  ORAL Sex has been identified as the leading driver of Tongue Cancer in the country, with a number of cases having been detected already in most parts of the country, a Cancer Association of Zimbabwe official has said. Briefing Journalists during a National Aids Council Editors Sensitisation Workshop on HIV/AIDS reporting in Kadoma,  Cancer Association of Zimbabwe Information and Evaluation Officer Lovemore Makurirofa said the same Human Papillomavirus  (HPV) which causes cervical cancer could be the reason behind the new tongue cancer cases being recorded.…

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Cervical Cancer Wrecks Havoc In Rural Zimbabwe

By HealthTimes Correspondent  Cervical cancer rates are on the rise worldwide particularly in the developing world where the disease is the leading cause of cancer death for women in many. In many developing countries, including Zimbabwe, the few available radiography and laboratory services are in big cities. Without health insurance, the huge costs of biopsies, surgery and treatment mean that many women, especially in rural areas, forego diagnosis and treatment to die in silent agony. This makes early screening and prevention of cervical cancer in developing countries all the more vital.…

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