MSF Pilots New ART Dispensing Model In Mwenezi

MEDECINS Sans Frontiers in Zimbabwe (MSF), has launched a new system of administering Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) drugs in Mwenezi, Masvingo in a bid to increase ART adherence, amidst indications that many ART clients were now defaulting on their medications due to the long distance and inaccessibility of health facilities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sovelela, Mwenezi The new ART administering method dubbed Out of Facility Community ART Distribution (OFCAD),  is an outreach strategy whereby patients no longer need to visit a health care facility to access ART but rather the…

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Expensive Drug Resistant TB Drugs Derail Treatment Efforts

People with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) continue to be deprived of today’s best-possible treatment in part because of high drug prices, according to a new report—DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope— released today by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague.   MSF called, in particular, on US pharmaceutical corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to cut the price of the newer TB drug bedaquiline in half, so more lives can be Sed aved. In August 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended expanding…

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Five Barriers To Ending TB According To MSF

This World Tuberculosis Day (March 24), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) profiles five key strategies on which government and donors should focus their finances and efforts in order to end the deadly TB epidemic. BY MSF TB is curable, but there are numerous challenges that exist at every level of TB diagnosis and care – not only in South Africa, but around the world, where one person dies every 18 seconds from TB. Below are the five barriers to effective TB treatment Barrier 1: Stigma exacerbates the TB epidemic, which is already commonly…

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Barriers Preventing Adolescents From accessing SRH services In Zim

In Zimbabwe, a host of barriers are preventing adolescents, defined as aged 10 to 19 years, from accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services safely and confidentially without the consent of their parents. HealthTimes Reporter Without free and informative access to health services that include contraceptives, treatment for sexually transmitted infections and condoms, national studies show that rates of adolescent pregnancy and HIV are increasing, while knowledge levels around sexual health are declining.  One study revealed that Zimbabwe has the highest teenage fertility rate in sub-Saharan Africa with one in…

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MSF Takes Cervical Cancer Treatment To Rural Gutu

Women with early stage lesions of the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer who were unable to access treatment due to resource constraints, are set to benefit from receiving treatment , following the launch of preventive Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) services at Gutu rural hospital. HealthTimes Correspondent Speaking during the launch ceremony, MSF Gynaecologist, Dr Severine Caluwaerts said cancer was preventable and early screening could go a long way in stopping its spread in the body. “As MSF, we believe that no woman should die of cervical cancer…

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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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SA Students Demand Condoms In Schools

LEARNERS in most South African schools have rapped government for delaying the implementation of guidelines on the National Policy on HIV, STI and TB (2017) which they say is limiting their access to HIV testing, Condoms, and other essential sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) services. HealthTimes NewsRoom The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is calling for intensified collaboration by the   Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Department of Health (DOH) to offer annual HIV counselling and testing (HCT), TB and STI screening, and year-round access to…

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Single Dose, Oral Cholera Vaccine Proves Effective In Zambia- MSF

In another promising development for people affected by large-scale cholera epidemics, recent data from Zambia’s 2016 cholera epidemic has highlighted that just one dose of oral vaccine provides effective short-term protection against the disease during an outbreak, similar to that of the currently recommended two doses. HealthTimes Correspondent The results of the study – conducted by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the organisation’s research arm, Epicentre, the Zambian Ministry Of Health (MOH), the Pasteur Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO) – are being published in the 8 February edition of…

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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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MSF Donates Furniture and Car To Ministry of Health

𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚 𝐓𝐨𝐲𝐨𝐭𝐚 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐔𝐒$𝟑𝟓𝟕𝟎 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐌𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲. The vehicle and the furniture were handed over to the Minister of Health and Child Care Hon. Dr David P. Parirenyatwa at a small ceremony held at the Ministry. Hon. Parirenyatwa commended MSF for their support and for capacitating the Mental Health Department. “As a ministry we appreciate the great support from MSF. Today we appreciate the donation and sundry from MSF to the Mental…

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