96 percent of People On ART Still on First Line Regimen

Director, AIDS and TB Programme in the Ministry of Health and Child Care  Dr. Owen Mugurungi says 96 percent of people living with HIV (PLHIV) and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) are still on the first line regimen owing to comprehensive HIV treatment and prevention efforts by government and development partners towards fighting the epidemic. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing delegates at the handover of  new ART sites and Pharmacy stores in the capital, Dr Mgurungi said Zimbabwe had made strides in reducing the impact of the epidemic and improving ART adherence…

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Communities Raise Red Flag Over Gaps In Gazetted Public Health Bill

COMMUNITIES say the newly gazetted Public Health Bill (PHB) is a noble document but still needs to be worked on to address public health issues at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the midst of ongoing Public feedback meetings on the PBH which kicked off this week in Mutare. The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), a Non Governmental Organizations which represents and drives health issues on behalf of communities says the new bill is silent to a number factors which directly impact health at community level…

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Zim Government Issues Warning On Listeriosis Outbreak

PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Major General, Gerald Gwinji has warned members of the public against buying processed foods following a Listeriosis outbreak which has terrorised neighboring South Africa. By Michael Gwarisa The listeria outbreak which was noticed around mid-January this year has according to the South African health department killed not less than 160 people while 800 others have been hospitalised. In a statement, Major General Gwinji said Zimbabwe was at high risk of getting the diseases through the borders owing to the…

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Save The Children Expands Nutrition Project to 7 More Districts

SAVE the Children Zimbabwe has extended its nutrition project to seven more districts amidst indications that they intend to reach at least 231,168 with active screening for acute malnutrition and ensure early detection and treatment of acute malnutrition. By Michael Gwarisa The increase in the coverage area brings the total number of districts under the Save the children nutrition program to 12. In an interview with HealthTimes, Save the Children Zimbabwe Nutrition manager Tendai Gunda said they had taken the nutrition program to these seven new districts to make them…

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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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30% HIV+ Pregnant Women Not On ART

AT least 30% HIV positive pregnant women were not initiated on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in  Zimbabwe according to data collected in2017, with most cases being noted during the post delivery period, a top ministry of health Monitoring and Evaluation official has said. By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) final workshop, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in the Ministry Of Health & Child Care (MoHCC) Aids & Tb Programme, Ngwarai Sithole said there was need for…

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MSF Trains Cholera Response Team In Chegutu

Doctors without Borders, MSF is currently training not less than 50 community health workers in Chegutu to enable them to fight Cholera at community level. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through their Micro-blogging site, Twitter @MSF_Zimbabwe, the organisation said they were ramping up efforts to contain and combat the Cholera pandemic which has hit the Mashonaland West Province. “#MSF is mentoring 15 nurses, 10 sprayers, 25 community health workers & cleaners to enable them to respond effectively to the #cholera outbreak in Chegutu.” MSF in collaboration with the ministry of health…

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#BREAKING: Cancer To Be Funded Separately

GOVERNMENT is in the process of setting up stand alone funding for Cancer in a bid to intensify efforts to combat the scourge of caner related Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which have resulted in loss of lives. By Michael Gwarisa According to statistics, 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. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of the Universal Health Coverage  (UHC) Celebrations, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation…

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UK Govt Avails $82, 1million Grant for Zim Health

By Kudakwashe Pembere THE UK Government through the Development for International Development (DFID) has availed a GBP 65, 2 million (US$82, 1 million) grant to Zimbabwe as a way of supporting a resilient health system in Zimbabwe. The grant seeks to improve sexual, reproductive health, and nutrition services for women, adolescents and children.A huge chunk of this grant has been earmarked for financing health interventions under the Health Development Fund while US$2, 2 million is for strengthening Zimbabwe’s capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease outbreaks. In her remarks,…

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Zim commences National Radiotherapy Guidelines

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe’s radiotherapy experts have engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency to hit the ground running on coming up with national clinical radiotherapy guidelines as part of the National Strategy on Cancer. Three IAEA experts from South Africa are in the country working with local radiotherapy experts to formulate standardized and internationally accepted guidelines on treating cancer patients using radiotherapy. Health and Childcare ministry’s Permanent Secretary Brigadier General (Retired) Dr. Gerald Gwinji told journalists on the sidelines of the launch of National Radiotherapy Guidelines that these guidelines are meant…

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