Zim Still Experiencing Psychiatrists Shortage

THE shortage of psychiatrists in Zimbabwe poses a threat to the country’s health sector as mental health practitioners are overwhelmed by the growing numbers of mental health cases around the country, a mental health practitioner has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes after presenting on Mental health practice as a career for the future at the Zimbabwe Medical Students Association Annual General Meeting on Saturday,  Dr Fungi Mazhandu said the country three private psychiatrists. “Of the 17 psychiatrists we have in Zimbabwe, just three are in private…

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Botswana To Host Africa Mental Health Symposium

A  two day mental health conference which is set among other things to deliberate and proffer solutions to the growing mental health burden in Africa, will be held in Botswana, Gaborone from 29 to 30 October, 2018. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Botswana Network for Mental Health official, Charity Kiki Kennedy said the conference has registered tremendous response from potential participants and renowned speakers around the continent and called more partners and players to come board. “The conference will be hosted in Botswana at Blue Tree in…

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Mental Health Reels From Underfunding- MSF

LACK of funding from government and general lack of interest in mental health issues by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in favor of other ailments such as HIV, Cancers and Tuberculosis (TB) makes it difficult to curb the souring cases of mental illness in Zimbabwe, MSF head of Mission Ms Abi Kebra Bilaye has said. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing stakeholders during an MSF Presentation of their activities in Zimbabwe, Ms Bilaye said there was massive resentment of mental health by the donor community and this has resulted in poor funding for such…

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MSF Establishes Effective Community Mental Health Model

HealthTimes Correspondent  MEDICAL humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have established an effective community mental health model of care in 12 polyclinics and one satellite clinic in Harare to enhance the provision of mental health care in the community. The community mental health care model is a pilot programme that was started by MSF in April 2016 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), the City of Harare health department and the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry. It involves…

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Zimplats Introduces Mental Health Initiative

By Michael Gwarisa LEADING Platinum producer ZimPlats has successfully integrated mental health management as part of its wellness programme aimed at managing the effects of stress and a host of other psychosocial ills among its employees. Briefing a National Social Security Authority (NSSA) CEO’s breakfast meeting, Zimplats Chief Executive Mr Alex  Mhembere said they had come with mental health initiative for their employees and the company would invest more towards the initiative. “Safety performance has got a direct impact on operational and financial performance of an organisation. Studies in USA (National…

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Rampant post-natal depression among Zim women

By Kudakwashe Pembere About 30percent of Zimbabwean women undergoing the 6 week post-natal checkups suffer from post-natal depression, a mental health expert said on Friday. Postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a type of mood disorder associated with childbirth which can affect both sexes. Symptoms may include extreme sadness, low energy, anxiety, changes in sleeping or eating patterns, crying episodes, and irritability. Speaking on an SFM show, Dr Dixon Chibanda said this condition is common among Zimbabwean mothers. “Post-natal depression is highly prevalent in Zimbabwe. Studies that we…

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