Potraz Donates To People With Disabilities

THE Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) through the Universal Services Fund (USF) on Monday donated computer software and hardware to people living with disabilities. By Kuda Pembere The items worth USD142 147 were handed over to Emerald Hill School for the Deaf, Margaretta Hugo School for the Blind affectionately known as Capota, Mckertuan Primary School in Bulawayo, National League for the Blind, Jairos Jiri Kadoma and the National Rehabilitation Centre in Ruwa. Addressing recipients, Potraz Director General Dr Gift Machengete said this donation had a personal motivation…

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Extreme Mulnutrition Stalks Low &Middle Income Countries

A four year-paper report published in The Lancet reveals that there is increasing undernutrition and obesity in low and middle income countries owing to rapid changes in countries’ food systems. According to the report, more than a third of such countries had overlapping forms of malnutrition (45 of 123 countries in the 1990s, and 48 of 126 countries in the 2010s), particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and east Asia and the Pacific. Undernutrition and obesity can lead to effects across generations as both maternal undernutrition and obesity are associated…

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The Union Endorses New WHO DRTB Treatment Recommendations

THE Union  against Tuberculosis (TB) and lung infection says it welcomes the rapid communication from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). The WHO rapid communication document, issued on 11 December, is based on new evidence shared by the South African TB Programme, as well as research and technical partners including The Union. It recommends improving access to new regimens and prioritising an effective all-oral short treatment regimen, replacing the injectable drugs with bedaquiline for people with multidrug and rifampicin-resistant TB. It also highlights the…

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Zim’s Global Fund Grant Performance Ranking Improves

THE Global Fund To Fight Aids TB and Malaria has raised Zimbabwe’s ratings for being one of the countries meeting their Grant performance expectations. By Kudakwashe Pembere Aidspan, a Global Fund independent observer, explains that every few months, the Global Fund assigns each grant a rating that measures the performance of that grant over the past few months. These ratings are A1 (“Exceeds expectations”), A2 (“Meets expectations”), B1 (“Adequate”), B2 (“Inadequate but potential demonstrated”) or C (“Unacceptable”). In the map below, we show the average rating assigned by the Global…

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Avenues Clinic To Spend US$8 million On Renovations

AN amount to the tune of plus or minus US$8 million is earmarked for the total refurbishment of  Avenues Clinic as the institution aims to increase its ability to handle complex health situations. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview on the sidelines of the Health Brief at Avenues Clinic, the Clinic’s Chief Officer, Mr Searchmore Chaparadza said under the Medical Investments Limited (MIL) which is an grouping of medical facilities whose flagship is the avenues clinic, innovations are happening in all the areas. To date, what we have done are…

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Zim Maternal Mortality Rate Drops

ZIMBABWE’S maternal mortality rate dropped to 462 per 100 000 live births from the previous 614 per 100 000 live births recorded in 2014, the latest Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2019 found. By Kudakwashe Pembere Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth, per 100,000 live births. The data are estimated with a regression model using information on fertility, birth attendants, and HIV prevalence. UNICEF Zimbabwe Country Representative Laylee Moshiri said this was the third MICS for Zimbabwe with the first and second done…

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Zimbabwe Struggles To Cover Third 95

ZIMBABWE lags behind in having 95 percent of the HIV population with viral load suppression (VLS) owing to low viral load testing services uptake, a research has found. By Kudakwashe Pembere Among the key challenges is the demotivating turnaround time taken to receive viral load testing (results VLTR).  The study done to expose the ‘Barriers to Accessing HIV Related Services for Women Living with HIV’ by Pan African Positive Women Coalition (PAPWC) Zimbabwe through a consultant Mr Amos Milanzi found  four critical challenges. The first one was the results take…

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Speakout Campaign Against GBV Launched in Epworth

A  campaign to eliminate  Gender Based Violence (GBV) at community level was today (11/12/19) launched in Epworth, Harare amidst indications that government and partners are in the process of setting up a One-Stop Centre for GBV survivors in the same area. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch of the Speakout: No Longer Silent Campaign in Epworth, Ministry of Women Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprise Development Provincial Development Officer Mr Ernest Chimbodza said the only way communities can end GBV is by uniting and exposing acts of Sexual Gender…

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Govt In Talks On Powering Hospitals With Solar Energy

GOVERNMENT says it is in discussions with potential investors to ensure that Zimbabwe’s hospitals are solar powered. By Kudakwashe Pembere Incessant power cuts stretching 18 hours a day have crippled operations not only in the manufacturing sector but the health sector as well. Energy and Power Development Minister Honorable Fortune Chasi in an interview with HealthTimes in acknowledgement said they are seized with this crisis in this health sector. “There are problems with the hospitals and particularly also with mortuaries. We have brought attention today on what needs to be…

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