Vasectomy At 1% In Zim

UPTAKE of vasectomy, which is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception is currently very low in Zimbabwe owing to deep rooted cultural beliefs, fear,  amongst a host of other factors, a top health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Director family health in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), Dr Bernard Madzima said uptake of the service was till very low but efforts were underway to ensure men get informed and educated about the issue so as to increase awareness and…

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Targeted TB Screening Effective For Vulnerable Communities

THE targeted screening for active Tuberculosis (TB) among high risk groups, being spearheaded by the Ministry of health and Child Care’s National TB Program in partnership with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) bears fruits at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The National TB Program has partnered with The Union in intensifying active case finding for TB by targeting high risk groups and communities around the country. The initiative is being co-funded by Global Fund and USAID’s Challenge TB. In an interview with HealthTimes, The Union…

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ZLHR Makes Progress Towards Decriminalizing HIV Infection

THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) say they have made strides in engaging key stakeholders  around the subject of repealing  Section 79 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act in a bid to ensure a free and non discriminatory environment for people living with with HIV. The law criminalizes  willful HIV transmission but according to legal experts, it is too general and thus can not be used as an HIV or health law.  By Michael Gwarisa Tinashe Mundawarara, programme manager for the HIV, Human Rights and Law Project at ZLHR,  recently told …

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Health Ministry Receives Digital Library Equipment

The Ministry of Health and Childcare has received the digital repository machines from the University of Zimbabwe which will make all the necessary on demand health information on Zimbabwe easily available via the internet. HealthTimes ReportervI Speaking on behalf of UZ Vice Chancellor Professor Levi Nyagura, Research and Academic Affairs Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Pedzisai Mashiri said the journey to envision this virtual repository started last year.   The digitalization of libraries and the aim of this digitalization is to consolidate the training and research needs of the health sector…

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USAID Launches $25 million Family Health Progam

USAID has launched a $25 million family health program dubbed the Mhuli/Imuli which is a five year package meant to improve the health of Zimbabwean families By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch, USAID mission director Stephanie Funk, said the program is a partnership between FHI360 and the USAID and will expand martenal, newborn, child health and family planning services. “Today is an exiting day. It is exiting because we are celebrating the launch of our new five year $25 million program called Mhuri/Imuli. In English, that means family. USAID…

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Zim Launches Health Financing Strategy

ZIMBABWE has launched its first ever Health  Financing Strategy, which when implemented will increase health sector domestic funding as well as improve access to quality health for all citizens. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health system has been consistently financed by a mixture of domestic funding resources with the major funding coming from Central Government through budget allocation, sub-national government (local authorities), households, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private companies. Launching the Health financing strategy, Health and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said implementation of the health financing strategy was banked…

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Gvt Calls For Decentralization of Club Foot Treatment

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has called for the speedy decentralisation of Club Feet treatment services to district and community health centres so as to take ease pressure from provincial hospitals. By Michael Gwarisa The developments come after indications that most Provincial hospitals were being overwhelmed by referrals from afar places, hence exerting pressure on financially beleaguered parents ending in affected children not adhering to treatment leading to long term disabilities and death in children. Addressing delegates during a Club Foot seminar in Harare, MoHCC director Pharmacy…

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Zim Excels In Adult TB Diagnosis: WHO

Zimbabwe is making great strides in terms of detecting tuberculosis despite lagging behind in pediatric TB diagnosis, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. By Kuda Pembere WHO representative Dr Wiflred Nkhoma said the country has done impressively well in terms of diagnosing TB. He said this at the launch of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation-Unitaid Catalysing Pediatric TB Innovation in Zimbabwe. “I can safely say Zimbabwe has done well in TB treatment and I can tell you this as an advisor to the WHO regional office,” he…

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Gvt Not Going Back On Marijuana Legalisation

HEALTH and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa says government will not reverse the licensing of Marijuna farming despite calls by players in the medical sector to have the decision revoked. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through the state broadcaster ZBC TV, minister Parienyatwa said Marijuana would only be grown in Zimbabwe for medicinal purposes, scientific and industrial purposes and government would closely watch licensed growers to ensure they abide by the stipulated regulations. “The growing of Cannabis will be done in a legal and well regulated environment. There are three…

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Hospitals Not Serving Expired ARVs Says Ministry of Health

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has refuted reports that most health institutions were distributing expired Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs to patients over the past few months. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through a Press Statement, the MoHCC said contrary to media reports that HIV clients were getting expired ARVs, the issue was on the supply side which was however late for some clients who came for replenishments in the third and fourth week of April, creating panic among HIV patient with regards to assured availability of the commodity for…

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