Zim Launches US$ 621 million Cyclone Idai Appeal

ZIMBABWE has published its Tropical Cyclone Idai International Humanitarian Appeal plan which requires a total of US$621 million to assist the Cyclone Idai distressed areas. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the plan signed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the areas need US$51 million to deal with Water Sanitation and Hygiene issues. “The massive flooding left a trail of destruction on water supply which crippled access to sources of safe water. The damages include submerged and washed away pumping systems and water reticulation networks. “Priority actions in this area include rehabilitation, upgrading and…

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Number Of Zim Children On ARVs Decline

A recent global AIDS progress report released by the National Aids Council (NAC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and UNAIDS indicates there was a drop in the number of children on Antiretro Viral Therapy (ART) in 2018. By Michael Gwarisa The decline has been attributed to successful implementation of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV efforts which include the adoption of new viral load and HIV testing technologies as well as the setting up of an EMTCT validation committee. According to the…

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RBZ Mum On Pharmaceutical Industry Forex Allocation

THE Central Bank is not forthcoming in addressing complaints raised by pharmaceutical wholesalers where local banks have been refusing to allocate them foreign currency, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere Since the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s directive putting pharmaceutical companies on high priority allowing them to get foreign currency without hassles at banks, they have been hitting brick walls. This has been a massive blow to the pharmaceutical industry who rely on foreign currency allocations to procure medicines. The industry has been failing to procure medicines as foreign suppliers have…

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780K Young Zim Women Living With HIV

ZIMBABWEAN women and young girls living with HIV rank third highest in SADC region on the back of  legal and policy barriers as well as gender based violence, a UNAIDS report reveals. By Kudakwashe Pembere Tailing South Africa having the highest number of young women and adolescents of 4, 4 million and Mozambique with 1, 3 million, Zimbabwe has 780 000 young girls infected with the disease. The report UNAIDS: HIV and Women released on Tuesday notes these high figures have been attributed to the legal age of consent to…

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National Clean Up Drive More Than Just A Political Gimmick

 PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaimed the first Friday of every month as the national clean-up day. The response to this clarion call has been massive with corporates in particular taking it upon themselves to clean  up the dirty and garbage infested streets around the country. Among some of the corporates which have heeded to this call include TelOne, NetOne, Steward Bank, National Blood Services, Old Mutual among a host of others.  It has been three months now since the first national clean up kicked off and yet our streets remain littered…

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