World Gears For International Midwives Conference

Staff Reporter  PREPARATIONS to the 31st International Conference of Midwives (ICM) to be held from 18 to 22 June in Toronto, Canada are at an advanced stage as the world intensifies efforts to reduce maternal related deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die every everyday  due to pregnancy related complications in developing countries. In a statement, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Director Kogi Agraal said most of the causes of the death were preventable but lack of information and effective interventions were to blame. “Every…

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Take up health care cover, Cimas urges

The Herald: CIMAS medical aid society says close to 92 percent of Zimbabwe’s population does not have health care insurance cover. Group chief executive Vulindlela Ndlovu attributed the high rate to a number of reasons including lack of common economic tariff among service providers, hostile operating environment and unfavourable service billing models. He also said people were reluctant to take up health care insurance due to increasing shortfalls and co-payments, but said Cimas would engage various health practitioners to map a way forward. “Previously our policy used to say that…

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AG finishes Public Health Bill

Staff Reporter THE long awaited Public Health Bill draft which seeks among other things to update the country’s Public Health Act (PHA), is now with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Zimbabwe currently relies on a single PHA which is about 90 years old and has been criticised for failing to answer to new challenges obtaining in the health sector. When the PHA was enacted in 1924, such ailments as non communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, key-populations risks among others were not as common as they are today. This…

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Hundreds Turn Out for Cleft Lip Surgeries

By Michael Gwarisa  MORE than 200 children turned for Cleft lip screening underway at Harare Hospital while another 47 surgeries were conducted at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo last week courtesy of Operation of Hope. Operation of Hope is an American Non-Profit organisation focused on empowering marginalised and undeserved communities. In an interview, Operation of Hope president Jennifer Trubenbach said the response to their call for free cleft lip screening and surgeries was an indication that the need for Reconstruction surgeries was a huge need amongst Zimbabweans. “Operation of Hope was at Mpilo…

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MSF, SafAids partner to fight drug abuse and HIV in Adolescents

By Michael Gwarisa  MEDECINS Sans Frontieres (MSF) has partnered SafAids in the fight against drug abuse and risky sexual behavior  amongst adolescents as the country strives to manage the AIDS pandemic whose prevalence in young people has been on the increase. In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of the “Young4Real, Make the Right Choices campaign” in Mbare today MSF Health Promotions Officer,  Brian Hove said statistics of HIV prevalence among adolescents have been worrisome hence the need to partner SafAids on the drive. “The objectives of this campaign…

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Where is the Public Health Bill?

By HealthTimes Editor  FOR more than 90 years, Zimbabwe has relied on a single Public Health ACT (PHA) which fails among other things to address the new challenges obtaining in the health sector. Since 1924, new diseases  especially non communicable ailments like Cancer, have become a nightmare that Zimbabwe is failing to control due to lack of resources and the required technology in the health sector. The old health law is silent on non communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, maternal health, key-populations risks amongts a host of others, making it difficult to combat…

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Telling women not to drink alcohol during pregnancy is ‘sexist’ and causes unnecessary anxiety, experts warn

Marie Claire Dorking elling women not to drink alcohol during pregnancy is ‘sexist’ and causes unnecessary anxiety, academics have claimed. Mums-to-be who do choose to have a tipple often face hostility when there is little solid evidence that light or moderate drinking can be harmful. Pregnancy charities and researchers are therefore calling for a change to the ‘alarmist’ official Government guidelines, which warn expectant mothers to abstain from drinking alcohol completely. Though consistent heavy drinking during pregnancy may lead to pregnancy complications including foetal alcohol syndrome, public policy surrounding alcohol…

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CBZ REFURBISHES HARARE HOSPITAL KITCHEN

SOURCE: CSR Network: THE Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) has refurbished the Harare Hospital Pediatric Ward kitchen in as part of their many philanthropic gestures. The bank which is involved in several CSR initiatives is taking a lead in showing other companies how Corporate Social Investments can change the lives of people in communities and contribute remarkably to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard The Corporate Social Responsibility Network Zimbabwe is happy to associate with CBZ and other companies which are involved in sustainable CSR initiatives in our endeavor to make a…

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UN’s US$1.6m boost to flood disaster response

HealthTimes Reporter The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has committed USD 1.6 million to assist over 32,600 flood-affected people with life-saving shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene and protection in 20 districts in Zimbabwe. This UN fund is in addition to USD 8.2 million allocated last year in response to the severe drought that affected over 4million rural Zimbabweans. The handover ceremony was held in the presence of media today at the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Makombe boardroom, in Harare. Dignitaries present at the…

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