Failure To Prioritize Midwives Welfare Leads To Negative Health Outcomes

The 5th of May was the International Midwives Day. In Zimbabwe there was very little celebration as the midwives are facing numerous challenges, especially around securing living wages. One of the publications in Zimbabwe reported that midwives are wallowing in poverty while they work under very difficult conditions. Midwives in Zimbabwe are facing many challenges which affect their delivery of work. As this is not enough, on the 20th of June, health workers — midwives included — went on a strike, demanding a salary increase. By Edinah Masiyiwa The challenges…

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Information Gaps Hindering Uptake Of Smoke Free Tobacco Alternatives Among Adult Smokers

THE 7th Edition of the Tobacco Atlas, identified devastating health and economic costs of global tobacco use with indications that In 2019 alone, tobacco use caused more than 8.67 million deaths worldwide (6.53 million men, 2.14 million women) and approximately US $2 trillion in economic damage. Most deaths were attributable to smoking, but 1.3 million died from second hand smoke exposure. By Michael Gwarisa Another worrying trend the tobacco atlas picked was the growing use and smoking of tobacco by the youths. Youth tobacco use (girls and/or boys) increased in…

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Stakeholders Push For National TB In The Workplace Policy

THE Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe, Parliament, the private sector and other key stakeholders have amplified calls to have a national Workplace TB policy which will guide the implementation of TB and wellness programs in the workplace. By Michael Gwarisa in Kwekwe Even though most companies in the private sector have wellness policies in place, TB stakeholders believe a standalone TB policy framework would ensure the diseases is prioritized and given the attention it deserves. Speaking during a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Engagement Meeting that was hosted by the Stop TB…

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South Africa In Breakthrough HIV Treatment For Children

IN a move that is set improve HIV treatment outcomes in children, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has approved a new HIV treatment regimen for children that comes in granules that can be sprinkled or dissolved in milk or water. By Staff Reporter The newly registered “sweet-tasting” combination antiretroviral treatment for infants and young children with HIV does not require refrigeration and is likely to address the pill fatigue that is usually associated with the daily intake of Antiretroviral tablets. These new treatment regimens for infants and children…

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Oral Health For Mental Health Patients Manual launched

Mental and Oral Health professionals have launched an Oral Health for Mental Health Patients Manual as a response to health practitioners request to help improve the oral care of mental health patients in the country. By Patricia Mashiri The manual aims to increase oral and mental health awareness whilst equipping health professionals in the role they play in management of oral health of patients living with mental health conditions . The project is also meant to uphold mental and oral health professionals, abolish oral and mental inequalities and pursuit of…

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