#BREAKING: Cholera Vaccine for Chimanimani and Chipinge

  THE Health and Childcare Ministry has requested over 470 000 cholera vaccines to cover Chimanimani and Chipinge, the hardest hit areas in Zimbabwe by Cyclone Idai, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere The vaccination program is targeting areas positioned close to Mozambique where cholera cases have been reported. In an interview, Health Ministry Epidemiology and Disease Control  Director Dr Portia Manangazira said given closeness of Zimbabwe’s eastern neighbor to the affected areas of Chipinge and Chimanimani, they need 475 000 vaccines. “So we have already requested about 475 000…

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Zim Team Takes Community Mental Health Model To Rwanda and Liberia

THE Friendship Bench after successful adoption in the  United States of America (USA) and other African countries expects to scale up their model  to Rwanda and Liberia. By Kudakwashe Pembere The Friendship Bench project funded by Grand Challenges Canada developed a low-cost, task-sharing initiative to train village and community health workers to deliver a basic psychological intervention for common mental disorders. This project which was started 13 years ago by Professor Dixon Chibanda, has since been rolled out to Harare and Gweru, and is being piloted for rural settings in…

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Cross Boarder Activity Fertile Ground For Multi Drug Resistant TB

FOLLOWING a positive diagnosis of Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DR TB) in 2010, life for Mr Mthobisi Ndebele (45) from Makokoba, Bulawayo unfolded like a horror movie script in front of his eyes. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo Having worked as a Malayitsha for the better part of his life (cross boarder transporter) plying the South Africa /Zimbabwe route, he watched his fortunes fade into oblivion as his possessions, family, friends, and not forgetting his health vanish  into an abyss of uncertainty, leaving him broke, jobless and hopeless. At…

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