ACE Helicopter Emergency Medical Services Launched

ACE Air and Ambulance launched their Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and a helipad at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospital. By Kudakwashe Pembere Officiating the launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo lauded the company for coming up with such an initiative previously offered by the Air Force of Zimbabwe. “The introduction of a helicopter emergency remote and high way patient rescue service by ACE is a clear testimony of a working public private partnership as this service was only provided by the Airforce of Zimbabwe,” Dr Moyo said.…

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Men Urged To Seek Health Services

FIRST Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says men should adopt a health seeking behaviour  has urged men to make use of available health services and not be left behind. By HealthTimes Reporter Amai Mnangagwa said this while officiating the Men’s Conference in Harare. The conference was a multi-sectorial to HIV and AIDS, men’s issues related to health services. “It also appears to me that most men have a challenge with health seeking either because they were brought up to be strong or just that they have their own unresolved fears. “With…

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24 000 GBV Cases Recorded Annually In Zim: Musasa Project

A total of 24 000 gender based violence (GBV) cases against women are reported in  Zimbabwean annually, a Musasa Project official revealed on Wednesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the Men’s Conference officiated by the First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa,Musasa programmes manager Ms Precious Taru said their offices is seized with the shocking thousands of cases of women facing this threat every year. In 2018 alone, the organisation received 26 000 cases of gender based violence. At Musasa, the average number of women we have at our centres and safe houses…

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Paediatric HIV A Neglected Disease

THERE are currently 1.8 million children living with HIV in Sub Saharan Africa, while 180 000 new HIV infections are recorded among children every year.  52% of these children were receiving antiretroviral therapy in 2017. By Michael Gwarisa In Zimbabwe however the number of children on ARVs has declined owing to a decline in mother to child transmission of HIV according to data released by the National Aids Council (NAC) and UNAIDS which indicates that the number of children on ART decreased from 89% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.…

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#BREAKING: Gvt Repeals Section 40 Of The Marriages Bill…Says We Cant Protect Civil Partnerships

GOVERNMENT has with immediate effect revoked Section 40 of the Marriages  Bill which granted civil partnerships the same rights as proper marriages. By Michael Gwarisa and Kudakwashe Pembere During the post cabinet media briefing, Information minister, Hon Monica Mutsvangwa announced their decision to remove the controversial section following its misinterpretations by the public as it contradicted the country’s religious etiquette. “Cabinet also sought clarification from the Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary affairs on the import of Section 40 of the Marriage Amendment Bill currently before Parliament. Following the explanation…

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Every Police Officer Should Get Victim Friendly Training To End GBV

PARLIAMENTARIANS have called on the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to realign its curriculum and make it compulsory for every police officer to have Victim Friendly Unit (VFU) training so as to increase efficiency in dealing with Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases. By Michael Gwarisa   Speaking during a Policy Makers Dialogue meeting in Harare organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) Vice President, Honorable Lynette Karenyi said Integrating VFU training into police training would ensure survivors of GBV get closure and comfort after…

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Mthuli Ncube Urged To Review Sanitary Wear Prices In Supplementary Budget

SANITARY  Aid Zimbabwe Trust has implored Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube to at least address the astronomical prices for sanitary wear when he presents the Mid-Term Fiscal Review and Supplementary Budget. By Kudakwashe Pembere The organisation said since December last year, prices for sanitary pads have risen by 800 percent making the product more of a luxury than right. Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe executive director Theresa Nyava said, “As Sanitary Aid Zimbabwe Trust, we acknowledge that the 2019 National Budget scrapped VAT and customs duty on selected imported sanitary wear products…

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Save Life Launches Medical Aid Product for the Elderly

A new medical aid product called Save Life Medical Aid Fund, has introduced a cross cutting medical aid facility which will provide cover to all ages including the elderly above the of 65. By Michael Gwarisa Save Life Medical Aid director, Dr Brighton Chireka said the new product would bridge the huge health insurance gap rampart in Zimbabwe considering that only 10% of Zimbabweans have medical aid cover while the remaining 90% do not. Most medical aid products available in the country have closed doors on the elderly, making it…

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143 Maternal Deaths Recorded in Zim Since Beginning Of Year- MoHCC

A total of 143 maternal deaths were recorded throughout Zimbabwe over the period January to July 2018 owing various maternal related complications. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in July, six maternal mortality cases were reported during the week ending 14 July 2019. This brings the total number of people who have died of maternal mortality to 143 so far this year. The deaths were reported from Northern District (1), Harare Central Hospital (2), Chitungwiza Central Hospital (1) in Harare Province, UBH (1)…

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PrEP Use High Among Young African Girls But Fades After Three Months- Study

IN a study of open-label Truvada as daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV among 427 young African women and adolescent girls, 95% initiated the HIV prevention strategy, and most used PrEP for the first three months. However, PrEP use fell among participants in this critical population during a year of follow-up clinic visits, although HIV incidence at 12 months was low. The preliminary results suggest that tailored, evidence-based adherence support strategies may be needed to durably engage young African women in consistent PrEP use. The study, known as HPTN…

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