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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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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Zim Commemorates World Population Day

By Michael Gwarisa  ZIMBABWE today joins the rest of the world in Commemorating the World Population Day (WPD) which is running under the theme “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” The celebrations  are being hosted by United Nation Family Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) and Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC). Also Read: Reasons you should take up family planning  In a statement, UNFPA said there would be free testing and counseling services at the Africa Unity Square from Tuesday 11, July to…

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Iron Deficiency Common In Zim Toddlers and Pregnant Woman

By Michael Gwarisa LACK of proper nutrients in foods consumed in Zimbabwe has led to a surge in iron deficiency and anemia cases amongst toddlers and pregnant woman, a ministry of health official has said. Presenting during a Communication for Development discussion on the implementation of the National Nutrition Communication Strategy organised by UNICEF today, Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dexter Chagwena said cases of malnutrition in toddlers and pregnant women were high in Zimbabwe hence the need for food fortification. “Food fortification involves including minute levels…

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