Zimbabwe Launches Women at the Center Project To Ease GBV Case Management and Referral Pathways

By Michael Gwarisa The Government of  Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Women Affairs Community, and Small and Medium Enterprise Development in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), have launched the Women at the Centre Project that focuses on providing increased support to survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) through quality case management. Japanese Pharmaceutical Company Takeda is supporting the project and its being implemented over four years.  Zimbabwe is one of five countries that are part of this project. The other countries are Indonesia, El Salvador, Azerbaijan and…

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Join the Conversation! HIFA Launches Alcohol Use Disorders Working Group Discussions

Enock Musungwini, MPH; MBA According to the World Health Organization, alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Furthermore, harmful use of alcohol is responsible for 5.1% of the global burden of disease. Against this background, we are calling all Public Health Practitioners, Key Stakeholders, Health Advocates, and Concerned Individuals to the launch of the Health Information for All (HIFA) Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) Working Group discussions. This is your chance to be part of…

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Zimbabwe Revision of Comprehensive Abortion Care Guidelines a positive step towards addressing high maternal morbidity and mortality

By Memory Pamella Kadau Zimbabwe’s recent revision of its Comprehensive Abortion Care Guidelines marks a significant step forward in addressing the persistent challenge of high maternal morbidity and mortality linked to complications of abortion (Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, 2023). Despite previous efforts, the burden remains evident, with abortion complications ranking as a major cause of maternal deaths in both rural and urban settings, according to a community-based study conducted by the Zimbabwe National Health Department (Zimbabwe National Health Department, 2022). This study further revealed that abortion complications…

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Dolutegravir ARV Drug Linked To Spike In Obesity and Hypertension In Zimbabwe’s People Living With HIV-New Study

By Michael Gwarisa Significant weight gain and a high incidence of Hypertension cases have been picked among Zimbabweans Living with HIV who switched to Dolutegravir (DTG), based, efavirenz (EFV)-based and ritonavir-boosted atazanavir (ATV/r)-based Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in Zimbabwe. A longitudinal study conducted by Zimbabwe’s renowned Clinical Scientist and Laboratory expert, Tinei Shmu et al which sought to explore  “Body weight and blood pressure changes on dolutegravir-, efavirenz- or atazanavir-based antiretroviral therapy in Zimbabwe” gathered that the Zimbabwe’s HIV response now faces an increased burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The study…

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Facts About Vaccine Derived-Polio Virus Circulating In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa In November 2023, Zimbabwe’s environmental surveillance system picked a vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV) strain, circulating in the sewage system in Harare’s high density suburbs namely Budiriro, Mbare and Mufakose.  A similar variant was detected in a 10-year-old child from Sanyati District in Mashonaland, West Province. The child has since developed paralysis following the Polio infection. Two other children in Mbare have had the same strain detected in them despite the absence of paralysis developing in either of them. Over the past few days, the Ministry of…

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New Report Details Huge Malaria Vaccine Gap

10 million potential doses will go unordered and unused in 2024. African nations must demonstrate demand for the lifesaving R21 vaccine. LUSAKA — 1Day Africa is releasing its latest comprehensive report on the status of the R21 vaccine rollout. The report highlights the consequences of the shortfall in ordered doses, what can still be done to accelerate the vaccine’s deployment, and what role African nations and Western funders must play to maximize the vaccine’s impact. The R21 vaccine has rightfully been heralded as a major step forward in the fight…

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From Hundreds Of Cholera Patients To Zero Admissions: Manicaland Showcases Power Of Multisectoral Collaboration In Outbreak Response

By Michael Gwarisa It’s about 11:00 in the morning, and Tichaona Shumba (45) from Chikuni Village, Farm 157 in Mutare Rural sits quietly on his bed at Zvipiripiri Clinic. He is probably wondering how he survived Cholera despite the disease having killed many people in his district between October and December 2023. There is not much activity at the facility, left for a few men carrying out some renovations in one of the wards. A handful of Village Health Workers (VHWs) are also seated under a shed ahead of their…

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Buhera Village Head Leads Whole Village To Get Vaccinated After Losing Five Family Members To Cholera

By Michael Gwarisa in Buhera In Mubvirwi Village, Buhera under Chief Nyashanu, tales of how one family lost five members within a space of five days will forever be told decades from now. Even though this tragic incident occurred five months ago, when the Cholera outbreak was at its peak in Buhera District, one can easily sense the sadness and sombre atmosphere that has engulfed the once vibrant and happy village of Mubvirwi. The new graves that have sprouted across Villages in Buhera over the past few months are a…

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Zim’s National Cancer Control Plan on cards

By Kuda Pembere The Ministry of Health and Child Care is on the verge of completing the National Cancer Control Plan to guide Zimbabwe in the management of cancer in the country. This was said by Mr Lee Nkala from the Health Ministry’s Non-Communicable Diseases Department during the commemorations of International Childhood Cancer Day at KidzCan Offices in Harare last Thursday running under the theme, “Unveiling Challenges.” International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children and adolescents…

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All systems go for Zim’s Oral Polio Vaccination

By Kuda Pembere   As the Zimbabwean government has taken stock of over 10 million novel oral polio vaccine doses, the Ministry of Health and Child Care commences the national vaccination campaign tomorrow, save for Harare Province currently seized with cholera vaccination, to be delayed three days after other provinces in the country.   Addressing the media during a national Polio update, the National Polio Incident Manager and the National Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) manager Colline Chigodo said the vaccination campaign was given the nod to be rolled out…

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