UNICEF Zim Donates DNA Analysis Equipment To ZRP To Assist Rape Victims

IN  a bid to enhance the delivery of justice to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence through DNA evidence, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has handed over DNA analysis/forensic equipment to boosts capacity for credible evidence when handling Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases. By Michael Gwarisa The equipment was handed over under the Spotlight Initiative after noting that lack of evidence has been hampering justice and a barrier for survivors to report cases of sexual violence. According to UNICEF, Sexual and gender-based violence offenses are often…

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Texas doctor who promoted ivermectin as COVID treatment suspended from hospital

A doctor was temporarily suspended from a Texas hospital on Friday for promoting anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as a COVID treatment on Twitter. Dr Mary Bowden, an ear, nose throat doctor at Houston Methodist Hospital, had recently joined the staff before she had her privileges revoked. She had posted a series of pro-ivermectin tweets on her social media and also slammed the vaccine mandate. ‘Ivermectin might not be as deadly as everyone said it was,’ she had tweeted on November 10. ‘Speak up!’ The drug ivermectin has not been approved by…

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Race affecting HIV service provision in the United States of America

HIV service disparities by race have been documented in several parts of the developed world. In the United States of America, black people account for a disproportionately large percentage of new HIV infections in the country: 41% in 2019, although they represent only about 13% of the national population. This is in part due to lower coverage of HIV prevention services. Just 8% of black Americans and 14% of Hispanics/Latinos who were eligible for pre-exposure prophylaxis were prescribed it, compared to 63% of whites. Studies also report significant racial disparities…

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Deaf Community Needs Career Guidance

INDIVIDUALS with speech and hearing impairment require also require assistance in choosing career paths so as to widen their choices of employment. By Patricia Mashiri In most instances in Zimbabwe, Deaf people end up eking a living from vending or some informal trade, in the process, increasing their vulnerability to economic shocks in the event of an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic or political instability occuring. In an interview with HealthTimes, Ms Tinotenda Chikunya, the Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) Communications said it has always been difficult for Deaf people to…

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Two Years After Nairobi Summit, High-Level Commission calls for urgent, ambitious action to end alarming disparities in sexual and reproductive justice

Two years on from the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 — where governments, civil society and the private sector came together voluntarily to recommit to realizing the promises of the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo — the High-Level Commission on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up has launched its first report. Own Correspondent The Commission, an independent advisory body of eminent leaders from around the world was formed to track progress on the 12 commitments in the Nairobi Statement.  In its report, “No Exceptions. No…

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