HealthTimes Editor Scoops NAC #Outstanding HIV Reporter Award

HEALTHTIMES editor Michael Gwarisa bagged the outstanding National Aids Council HIV Media Reporter Of The Year award on Monday. By Kuda Pembere and Nyasha Murwira There were three winners on each side of the electronic and print media with the publication’s editor acing the much coveted outstanding journalist award. “I am grateful to God Almighty for giving me the energy to write. I am also grateful to my family especially my wife who supports me through and through. She supports my work. When I started health reporting, it was something…

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Ex WENELA Miner Recounts Horrific Health Conditions

Talks TB exposure Squalid living arrangements Inhuman treatment & racism IN the mid-70s, at the height of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, South Africa opened up job opportunities in its mining fields with the aim of luring the young and youthful men mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and others to work in the mines. By Michael Gwarisa Some say the call by South Africa to have young men work in their mine fields was a botched effort meant to distract young people from joining the liberation struggles in their respective…

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Zim Launches Country Level Partnership To End TB

STOP TB partnership, an initiative meant to scale up Tuberculosis (TB) case finding and treatment in various communities which include high TB burden settings such as mining communities, closed communities amongst others has been launched in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa Officially launching the partnership this morning (24/11/19) on behalf of the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the Stop TB partnership had come at the right time for Zimbabwe as the country was already scaling TB identification and treatment in communities. Today…

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Avail More Financial Resources Towards Water & Sanitation-UN

THE Zimbabwean government should mobilise more resources in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs as well as increase emergency preparedness to waterborne outbreaks to fulfil Sustainable Development Goal 6, a UNICEF official recommends. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at a public discussion on WASH in Zimbabwe, UNICEF Head of WASH Mr Aidan Cronin bemoaned the chronic water shortages in the country. When water is not available, it’s affecting hygiene and sanitation. We know that open defecation in urban areas has increased because people don’t have the water to flush the toilets…

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Cut Expenditure On Military and Channel Funds To Health

THE Zimbabwe national budget should cease prioritising military expenditure and channel funds towards the ailing health sector in order to reduce internal conflict from disgruntled healthcare workers. By Michael Gwarisa Giving an analysis of the 2020 Health Budget, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the 2020 budget has remained static and largely uninspiring and the humongous allocation of fund to the military was worrisome. While the Ministries of Basic Education and Health got the second and third highest votes after agriculture, their allocations at…

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Six teams go to battle in PEPFAR Test and Score Challenge

IN one of the first events to celebrate  World AIDS Day (December 1), six recreational soccer clubs will  contest in the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS  Relief (PEPFAR) and Harare Professionals Soccer League (Hpsl) Test and  Score Challenge Tournament on Saturday. The event will be held at Mbare High School grounds on November, 23, 2019 starting at 9 am, with the finals expected to  be played at 2.30 pm. In addition to football and dance entertainment,  PEPFAR partners will provide health services on the sidelines of the  matches…

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Traditional Midwives Not Allowed In Zim Says Gvt

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) does not encourage traditional midwives to deliver babies nor offer maternal health related services to pregnant women, a top government official has warned. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the wake of what has been described as “heroic works” of one Mbare traditional midwife, Mrs Esther Gwena who has since delivered more than 100 babies at her home. However, the babies are being delivered in the absence of critical health sundries such as, disinfectants, safe delivery kits, running water and proper…

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Ecosure Enters Open Defecation Fight

ECOSURE, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless has partnered with Hitbay to construct toilets in  Harare in a move that that is set to reduce open defecation. By Michael Gwarisa The development is in line with with the World Toilet Day  commemorations which is celebrated every year to promote sanitation and also help break taboos around toilets. The United Nation General Assembly formally recognised November 19 as the World Toilet Day in 2013. One of the toilets was set up at Mupedzamhamo, the sprawling open air market place at Mbare. We…

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Stanbic kick-starts major health services initiative

STANBIC Bank Zimbabwe launched a Corporate Social Investment Flagship project, which debuted at the handover of the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe half-way house known as Tariro Hostel held recently. To kick-start USIZO-RUYAMURO, Stanbic Bank refurbished and purchased bed linen and other utilities for the Hostel which provides rent-free accommodation for cancer patients who do not stay in Harare when they come for their chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Harare Central Hospital. Established in 1974 by CAZ, Tariro Hostel has been lying idle since 2007 as it succumbed…

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Tourism Industry Could Fund Zim Healthcare

HEALTH experts have called on Zimbabwe’s government to consider broadening the health financing net by tapping into better performing sectors such as tourism among others. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health sector is currently reeling from under-funding with majority of financial resources coming from donors and the international community. However, there have been growing calls from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and health economists to consider mobilising domestic financial resources to fund health sector operations. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Assistant Country Representative, Abigail Msemburi said the tourism sector was currently one…

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