#Breaking: Vaginal Ring for Women’s HIV Prevention Receives WHO Prequalification

SILVER SPRING, Md. (November 30, 2020)—The nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) is pleased to announce the World Health Organization’s (WHO) prequalification of the dapivirine ring, a monthly vaginal ring to reduce women’s HIV risk. This designation from the WHO confirms that the ring meets global standards for quality, safety and efficacy. The product’s addition to the WHO’s list of prequalified medicines will help guide national and global procurement decisions, pending country regulatory approvals for its use. The ring’s prequalification follows a positive scientific opinion for the product in July…

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Maisha Health In Diabetes Awareness Campaign

MAISHA Health is offering free blood glucose measurements at selected sites across the country as part of World Diabetes Month commemorations. The Cassava Smartech Zimbabwe health tech unit said the awareness campaign was aimed at detecting early signs of diabetes. HealthTimes Reporter The chronic disease, which affects about 1,4 million people in the country, is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. Mr Maurice Newa, a senior Cassava Executive, said Maisha Health has invested in modern technology to combat the rising prevalence of…

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Zimbabwe To Commemorate World AIDS Day

ZIMBABWE  joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World AIDS Day on Tuesday, 1 December 2020. This is a day to unite in the fight to end the HIV epidemic, support people living with HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives. HealthTimes Reporter The theme for 2020 is Global Solidarity: Shared Responsibility: Ending AIDS By 2030. The theme comes at a time when Zimbabwe, and the world at large are working towards ensuring that by 2030, AIDS will no longer be a public health threat.  This…

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Power Imbalances Continue To Drive Women Into Gender-Based Violence

RESEARCH and reports show that about 94% of gender based violence cases reported between March to October 2020 were against women amidst indications that men still believe in gender norms and traditional harmful practices which usually lead into violation of women’s rights. By Paticia Mashiri There are mainly four forms of gender-based violence which include economic, sexual, physical and emotional abuse while poverty has been identified as a leading cause of GBV. Speaking at a GBV round table dialogue with women in the informal sector which was hosted by Women’s…

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Zim’s First Ever Deaf Social Workers Graduate

ATTAINING tertiary education for students with disabilities is a rocky path that requires resilience and hard work to overcome. Four young women have thrived to become Zimbabwe’s first ever Deaf social workers. HealthTimes Reporter Having endured many challenges in their journey towards tertiary education, Tendai Dondofema, Palmer Zengeni, Shalom Muzavazi and Theodora Gasva managed to make history as Zimbabwe’s first qualified Deaf Social workers. The four young ladies started their tertiary journey in 2018 being the first class of Deaf students to enrol at Women’s University in Africa. The decision…

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Communities Essential To Pandemic Responses

A community-led response will not only get our HIV response back on track but also help Africa defeat COVID-19. When COVID-19 first hit Africa’s shores, there were real concerns that an additional 500 000[1] people could die from AIDS-related causes, including Tuberculosis, in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020–2021. Innovative measures from the continent, community responses and adherence to World Health Organization guidelines to maintain essential services amid the pandemic, among others, have mitigated this impact. But HIV services have been disrupted. And there are indications that COVID-related restrictions are having a…

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Health Sector Gets ZWL54.7 Billion In 2021 Budget

TREASURY has allocated an amount to the tune of ZWL54.7 Billion which is about 13% of the 2021 national budget to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC). By Michael Gwarisa Presenting the 2021 National budget, Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube said despite the challenging economic environment, the government has over the last two years been providing significant resources to revive the health system in areas such as reproductive, maternal, new-born and adolescent health and nutrition services. The health crisis provides useful lessons for longer-term reforms…

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Blood Bank Recruiting Adult Blood Donors

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) board chairperson, Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze says they have adopted new strategies to recruit more adult blood donors to ensure the blood bank does not run dry even in the face of an emergency such as the COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of revelations that the blood bank only managed to collect slightly above 50% of its 2020 blood collection target. According to Advocate Matsikidze, amongst their new strategies include following up on adults who used to donate as…

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Zimbabwe Launches 2020 World AIDS Day Campaign

AS the 2020 World AIDS Day (WAD) commemorations draw near, Zimbabwe has launched the WAD 2020 Campaign theme, theme song and logo. By Michael Gwarisa The WAD 2020 will be running under the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility, Ending AIDS By 2030. According to the National AIDS Council (NAC), the 2020 WAD Celebrations will be held on December 1, 2020 in Harare at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), under strict observance of COVID-19 regulations in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) set standards. Speaking during a virtual Press…

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NBSZ Honors Milestone Blood Donors

THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) has awarded top four milestone blood donors as a gesture of appreciating the selfless sacrifice by the individuals. By Michael Gwarisa Amongst the awardees are Mr Jillian Buss who has clocked 275 donations, Mr Leo Ngezimani the first African blood donor in Zimbabwe to attain 200 donations, Mr Edward Mwase 125 donations and Ms Sophie Mutandwa who has reached 25 donations in line with her Plegde 25 promise. Speaking at the awards handover ceremony, NBSZ Board Chair, Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze said giving blood…

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