New Medical Aid Bill Shuts Out Players From Board

By Michael Gwarisa THE Association for Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has bemoaned the proposed draft bill for medical aid operators for denying health funders and medical aid societies a place on the the regulatory board. In a presentation on the draft Medical Aid Societies Bill during a consultative meeting hosted today (Monday) by the Ministry of Health and Child Care,  AHFoZ criticised the fact that the draft Bill gave health funders no voice in the constitution of the board and no representation on it. On the other hand health…

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Zimplats To Help 500 Albinos

By Daniel Phiri PLATINUM mining giant Zimplats says it is working on a program that will see it assisting not less than 500 people with  albinism in Zimbabwe. According to UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Child Care, in 2015, there were about 70 000 people living albinism in Zimbabwe. People with albinism face a lot of challenges as most of their basic necessities such as sunscreen lotions; sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing and lip balms are being overpriced. Imported sunscreen sells for anything around US$30 per tube while those currently produced…

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Zimbabwe steps up fight against counterfeit medicine

SOURCE: DW  Counterfeit medicine is a major health hazard in Zimbabwe. The laws of the country are strict but the parallel market is hard to control, especially in times of economic crisis. The streets of downtown Harare are filled with vendors. Everyone seems to be trying to sell whatever they can to survive in a depressed economy. James Tinoda – who would not give his real name for fear of the law – is one of many unregistered medicine peddlers. He says he buys the unregistered medicine in Zambia. All…

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Legislative Agenda Ignores Public Health Bill

By Michael Gwarisa PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Tuesday, September 12, opened the Fifth Session of Parliament amidst  pomp and jubilation coupled by military drills and numerous displays. Some of the main the themes of the Presidentila address included alignment of laws with the Constitution. He implored Parliamentarians to place emphasis on passing Bills to align 30 existing Acts which, according to his address were the only Acts still remaining to be aligned to the Constitution. A number of bills featured on the legislative programme with bills totalling 26 appearing on…

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Govt Moots Banning Sale of Beer To Pregnant Women

HealthTimes Reporter  IN  a move that is likely to get widespread resistance from women, Government has revived its bid to ban sale of alcohol to pregnant women.\ According to the SundayMail, the National Alcohol Policy has since received blessings from various line ministries and is set to be tabled in Cabinet anytime soon. The push to enforce a host of restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol follows Government’s concern over increasing cases of abuse of the “wise waters” countrywide. The policy is the brainchild of former Health Minister…

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Free HIV, Cancer and SRH Counseling with YAZ Helpline

By Michael Gwarisa The Youth Advocates of Zimbabwe’s (YAZ) helpline has made strides in reaching out to marginalised individuals who belong to different groups of society through their YAZ Helpline In this age where technology is being used for various reasons, YAZ has seen it fit to engage individuals suffering from conditions. Tatenda Songero, YAZ Executive Director said the, “The Helpline is an ICT drive (Calls, SMS, social media, mobile application) and community approach that aggregates information to increase the availability and use of data to meet the urgent and…

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