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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Low levels of reporting on sexual violence causing severe health consequences – MSF

Low levels of awareness about medical impact of sexual violence is causing severe health consequences, the international medical humanitarian organization, Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today. HealthTimes Reporter Of the 7,400 survivors of sexual violence who received free, confidential medical treatment and psycho-social support from MSF at the Edith Opperman clinic in Mbare, Harare since 2011, only 43 percent sought care within 72 hours for preventive and proactive measures. All of those who sought preventive treatment within the recommended 72 hours were prevented from contracting HIV, STIs…

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Government Applauds MSF Epworth HIV/TB Project

By Michael Gwarisa HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa has applauded Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) for putting up a state  Epworth HIV/TB project which is aimed at combating the HIV and Tb epidemics. Speaking during the handover ceremony of the MSF project to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) today (6/12/2017), minister Parirenyatwa said MSF’s efforts in significantly reducing the HIV prevalence and new incidence as well as scaling up of antiretroviral therapy over the years were commendable. “Our government remains committed to creating an enabling…

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HIV/AIDS Mortality Still High Despite Prevention Efforts- MSF

Staff Reporter Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says despite the significant progress that has been made in preventing HIV infection,  South Africa is still struggling to reduce HIV/AIDS mortality in the country. (MSF) Medical Coordinator for South Africa, Dr. Amir Shroufi said, “Despite significantly improved access to ARVs, major challenges remain to reduce HIV/AIDS mortality in South Africa from an unacceptably high 180,000 deaths a year [1]. In order to reach the 40% of people living with HIV who still have not started ARVs, scaling up public access to new tools such…

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Patient groups march for access to medicines in South Africa

Finalise the draft policy and amend laws to save lives, activists tell dti PRETORIA – Today, more than 1,000 members of the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL) will march to the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) in support of the government’s efforts to fix our patent laws and ensure everyone has access to the medicines they need. Made up of 36 patient groups and civil society organisations representing people affected by most major diseases in South Africa, the FTPL Coalition will hand over its in-depth submission in support of the draft…

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Drug Resistant TB Treatment Efforts Under Threat says MSF

By Michael Gwarisa Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says limited access to to new drug delamanid reduces promising treatment options available for those with drug-resistant tuberculosis. According to MSF, almost three quarters (74%) of patients receiving a combination of these drugs for six months achieved ‘culture conversion’, an early indicator that treatment might ultimately be successful. “The WHO endorses delamanid to replace the injectable agent for children and adolescents with DR-TB in cases of intolerance or resistance to some drugs, giving this group an option that is more effective and…

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