Zimbabwe Submits Bid To Host ICASA In 2023

ZIMBABWE together with other five African countries have submitted bids to host the International Conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) in 2023. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s intention to host the 2023 ICASA was announced during a Press Conference that was held on Friday by ICASA at the ongoing 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal Canada. The Zimbabwean delegation was also present during the press conference and was headed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr John Mangwiro. Speaking during the Press Conference, Dr John…

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Zimbabwe Records 323 Adverse Reactions To COVID-19 Vaccines

A total 323 suspected COVID-19 Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI), had been reported to the Medicines Control of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) as of July, 8 2022. By Michael Gwarisa This is out of a cumulative total of 6.3 million 1st doses and 4.6 million 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines that have been administered since the National Vaccination program was launched in February 2021. This translates to a rate of approximately 0.003% suspected adverse events (approximately 3 reactions for every 10 000 doses administered). 70% of these 323 AEFI reports were received…

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Medicinal Cannabis License Applications Galore

VARIOUS players and individuals in the pharmaceutical as well as complimentary medicines sector have already submitted applications seeking approval to dispense hemp-based canabidiol products as complementary medicines. By Michael Gwarisa The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) recently put out a call to submit applications for registration in the form of a dossier as required by complementary medicines guidelines. In an interview with HealthTimes, MCAZ Acting Director General, Mr Richard Rukwata said the response to their call has been overwhelming of late. Quite a number of individuals have expressed interest…

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No Means No! Empowering Adolescent Girls To Ward-Off Sexual Violence Through Self-Defense

Tarisai Mhlanga (10), a Grade 6 pupil at Tafara Primary school in Chipinge says she wants to be a doctor when she grows up. However, with the increasing cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in her community, she fears her dream might never come true. By Michael Gwarisa Though she is still very young, Tarisai dreads that one day on her way from school, when an abuser might just pounce on her and change her life completely. Her fears are real. Sexual abuse is rife in Manicaland province. Since…

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Surviving TB As A Young Person. Tracing Dr Tanaka Mukuhwa’s Journey With TB

Tanaka Mukuhwa (19) from Mutare is a Tuberculosis Survivor and a young person living openly with HIV. He was diagnosed with Meningitis Tuberculosis (TB) at the age of 13 when he was still in school and stayed in hospital for six months. By Michael Gwarisa His story illustrates the profound consequences tuberculosis can have on young people especially those at the prime of their lives. Even though Tanaka’s story has a happy ending and describes unexpected positives amidst the challenges of tuberculosis treatment, including how this disease might provide an…

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