#JUSTIN: Eleven Zim Nurses Acquitted On Contravening Lockdown Regulations Charges

ELEVEN Zimbabwean nurses who were arrested in July for protesting against poor wages and living conditions during the Lockdown period have been acquitted. The 11 were represented by Rudo Bere and Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have been acquitted after undergoing trial on charges of contravening lockdown regulations by protesting in July against poor salaries and working conditions. SOURCE: Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights

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Fix the Patent Laws Coalition supports SA & India’s push for patent-free COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics

THE Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL), a group of over 40 organisations working to reform South Africa’s patent laws, welcomes the progressive proposal by South Africa and India for a waiver of all intellectual property in respect of COVID-19 related diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. We have seen how a lack of access to COVID-19 medical tools threatens countries’ ability to respond to the virus, especially developing countries. We believe that this proposal will promote and expedite equitable access to all health technologies in all countries. We call on all…

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Ensuring Hand Hygiene Beyond The COVID-19 Response

IN commemoration of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) 2020, the focus remains on improving hand hygiene while ensuring safe water and sanitation services are made available and accessible for all. This year’s theme aligns with the new Hand Hygiene for All Initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Handwashing is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, according to the UN, in sub-Saharan Africa, 75% of the population (767 million people) lack…

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No One Fights Cancer Alone: Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Experience

FRIENDS and family are an integral part of cancer care and support. Not only does cancer affect one’s physical health, it heavily weighs down on the patient’s mental health and that of family and caregivers. The anxiety and depression that kicks in following a cancer diagnosis is unimaginable. A cancer diagnosis could mean anything, and without the right support system in the form of friends, family, colleagues and peers, the worst could happen. The month of October the world over has been set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and…

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