New Drug Prevents Excessive Bleeding During Childbirth- WHO

A new formulation of a drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to a study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with MSD for Mothers and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Currently WHO recommends oxytocin as the first-choice drug for preventing excessive bleeding after childbirth. Oxytocin, however, must be stored and transported at 2–8 degrees Celsius, which is hard to do, in many countries, depriving many women of access to this lifesaving drug. When they can obtain it, the drug may be less effective because…

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Hand Hygiene Critical in Preventing Sepsis

WASHING hands with soap and other detergents could significantly reduce Sepsis which has been identified as the leading cause of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Zimbabwe and the world at large, a top health ministry official has said. By Michael Gwarisa Sepsis according to health experts is whereby disease causing bacteria and infection spreads through the rest of the body. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released in the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammation throughout the body. This can cause a cascade of changes that damage multiple organ…

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WHO Warns Zimbabwe Over Ebola…Zim Urged to tighten boarder surveillance

THE WORLD Health Organisation (WHO), has warned the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to exercise caution and vigilance following the resurfacing the deadly Ebola diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). By Michael Gwarisa In a latter directed to the Perm Sec Dr, Gerald Gwinji, WHO officer in charge, Dr Juliet Nabyonga said more than 19 cases had been reported in the Congo and if the country does not regulate movement at the boarder posts, the ailment could find its way into Zimbabwe. “With reference to…

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Gov Rolls Out HPV Vaccine…800 000 Girls To Benefit

THE ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners has rolled out a countrywide Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine with the aim of preventing young girls from contracting the virus when they become sexually active. By Michael Gwarisa The program is targeting girls aged nine to 14 who are believed not to be sexually active and yet to contract the HPV virus which is responsible for 99% of Cervical Cancers. Briefing Journalists Wednesday morning in Harare, Health and Child care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the roll-out…

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Tobacco Smoking Increases In Teenagers

…Experts Call For New Technologies To Fight Tobacco Harm… By Michael Gwarisa from Nairobi, Kenya AFRICA is recording a massive increase in cases of child smokers with children between the ages of 13 and 15 being the biggest victims owing to peer pressure as well as the cheap pricing of cigarettes in most  African markets. The call comes amidst indications of increased cases on Child smokers in Africa with high  cases having been recorded in West Africa, East and other some parts Southern Parts of Africa. Speaking during a Tobacco…

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Breaking: WHO Director General Revokes Mugabe’s appointment

By Kudakwashe Pembere World Health Organisation Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has rescinded the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe after giving in to the demands of  disgruntled Zimbabweans and the rest of the world. Mugabe’s Goodwill Ambassador role for non communicable diseases barely lasted a two days. An online petition was created by one Velez Rubio in Spain challenging the unpopular decicion to give  him such a post. The online petition created yesterday titled “Mugabe Must Not Be WHO Good Will Ambassador Zimbabwean Are Suffering Because of Him…

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President Mugabe Appointed WHO Ambassador

HealthTimes Reporter  President Robert Mugabe has been appointed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Ambassador for Africa to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart diseases. President Mugabe will work with national and local politicians to highlight the heavy economic and health burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), United Nations health agency said. WHO director-general Tedros Ad-hanom Ghebreyesus said President Mugabe’s appointment would enable governments to “strengthen our response together” to these “major public health challenges”. NCDs and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year, according…

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The Power Of Women Support Groups in Scaling Up Nutrition

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Shamva ZIMBABWE witnessed a surge in child malnutrition cases in the years 2015/16 owing to the Elnino induced drought which left millions of Zimbabweans from most parts of the country in need of food aid. According to information gathered by Save the Children Zimbabwe a Non- Governmental Organisation which deals with issues affecting children and their rights, cases of Severe Malnutrition were recorded over the past two years as a result of the droughts and extreme cases were documented in Binga, Chegutu, Kariba, Shamva and…

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MSF Establishes Effective Community Mental Health Model

HealthTimes Correspondent  MEDICAL humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have established an effective community mental health model of care in 12 polyclinics and one satellite clinic in Harare to enhance the provision of mental health care in the community. The community mental health care model is a pilot programme that was started by MSF in April 2016 in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), the City of Harare health department and the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry. It involves…

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#BREAKING: New Single Dose ARVs To Be Launched in SA, Kenya

By Michael Gwarisa A new high quality HIV treatment therapy  and pricing regime which will accelerate availability of first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regime containing doulutegravir (DTG) will soon be launched in South Africa and Kenya before being distributed to other 90 low income countries around the world. The single-pill HIV treatment will be available to public sector purchasers in at around US$75 per person, per year. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said, “This agreement will improve the quality of life for millions of people living with HIV. “To…

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