Traditional Chiefs Rebuke GBV

ZIMBABWE’S traditional religious leaders have defended their culture saying it does not condone gender based violence. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during an SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) organized dialogue marking the end of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. At a time when the blame is always thrown at traditional leaders, the chiefs said they yearn to work with organisations well versed in this controversial issue. Chief Chimoyo from Mashonaland East Province said these organisations will capacitate them in handling such issues. “Every time we sit for…

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Fake Malaria Drugs Kill 158,000 Yearly In Africa

A recent study indicates that at least 158,000 people die as a result of fake malaria drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa every year owing to  lack of a response mechanisms seen in other parts of the world, including supply chain regulation, track-and-trace technology and enforcement regimes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 42% of detected cases of substandard or falsified pharmaceuticals occurred in Africa. Research findings from a study by the European Union-funded ENACT project on the threat of counterfeight drugs in Africa indicate that Globalisation has made it harder…

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Mberengwa Cries For Help…Battles High ARVs Coverage Gap

AT a time when other districts are doing well in terms of advancing treatment and care to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) clients, Mberengwa remains in the negative despite efforts by partners and the ministry of health and child care to advance treatment to the area. Mberengwa has a low ART coverage of 44, 5 percent as of last year, making it one the districts with the highest ART  gap (3,000 – 10,000) along with 19 other districts which include Zvimba, Gokwe, Chipinge, Bulawayo, Goromonzi, Insiza, Umguza, Kwekwe, Mt Darwin, Lupane, Mazowe,…

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Stigma slows down ART interventions in Chegutu

CHEGUTU a farming and mining community in Mashonaland West is one of the few districts that have Medium Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage gap in Zimbabwe. Due to low levels of education amongst most people from farming communities, the levels of stigma are still high, hence the ART coverage gap (1,500-3,000) people living HIV. Due to interventions by ITECH a United States Government President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partner spearheading viral load testing and monitoring in at least 31 clinics, Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage has improved over the years.…

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Health Minister Reads Riot Act To Unlicensed Medicine Street Vendors

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has tasked the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) to strengthen its inspection activities on unlicensed medicine vendors to make sure they are arrested instantly. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dr Moyo directed the Authority to strengthen its arresting mechanisms to clear these people off the streets. “There is someone who came and reported that they bought something in the hope it would be functional. I said why did you go to Fife Avenue Shopping Centre to start with, now you are in a…

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2019 Top 10 Health Champions

IT’S that time of the year once again where we appreciate and honour those who sacrificed their time, resources and life to the good cause of advancing quality health services in various communities around the country. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health sector is currently in the doldrums and only a miracle of double proportion can resurrect this ailing industry. The year 2019 was characterised by massive job actions by health personnel, lack of sundries and hospital equipment to mention just a few challenges. However, despite these challenges, some individuals remained…

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HIV TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN TO BE PRODUCED FOR ONE DOLLAR A DAY

INDIAN pharmaceutical company Cipla has announced their commitment to price the ground-breaking new product Quadrimune, a “4‑in‑1” treatment for young children with HIV, at below a dollar a day. Quadrimune is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in children between 3 and 25 kg bodyweight. This pleasant tasting, heat-stable fixed-dose combination of four antiretrovirals (ARVs) for infants and young children with HIV was developed in partnership by Cipla and the not-for-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) with financial support from Unitaid and…

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NBSZ Assists Cyclone Idai Schools

THE National Blood Service Zimbabwe has donated dignity kits and stationery to at least six schools that were affected by Cyclone Idai in March this year. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare The donation is valued at RTGS$169 425.35 and is set to benefit at the six schools which also used to be NBSZ major collection panels. These are Biriri High School, Chimanimani High School, Ndima High School, Nyahode High School, Risutu High School and St Charles Luwanga. NBSZ  Public Affairs Manager Esther Massundah said they will continue to provide…

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Global Young Women and Adolescent Girls SRHR Movement Launches In Zim

A global movement advocating for young girls and adolescent girls decision making power over their Sexual  Reproductive Health and Rights was launched in Harare on Friday night. By Kudakwashe Pembere She Decides Zimbabwe Coordinator and movement builder Mr Onward Chironda said donor agencies, civil society organisations, diplomatic corps, faith based organisation and parliamentarians pledged to support their cause. The movement is about creating a community or world safe for adolescent girls, safer for them decide on issues of teenage pregnancy, gender based violence, child marriages and other many harmful cultural…

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Disability Inclusive Development Key To Achieving UHC In LMICs including Zimbabwe

AS we approach the International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12 December 2019, it is critical to rally African governments including Zimbabwe to reflect on the milestones in achieving UHC. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a key part of the concept of primary healthcare launched in 1978 known as the Alma Ata (1978) declaration and reinforced in 2018 under the Astana declaration (2018). UHC aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind. IS IT…

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