New Data Shows COVID-19 Combined With Funding Shortfalls Are Devastating Efforts To End TB By 2030

NEW data released by the Stop TB Partnership today released new data showing how the COVID-19 pandemic and dismally low levels of funding represent the main barriers to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ending TB by 2030. Own Correspondent The data from 2021 shows that the impact of COVID-19 on the TB response has continued to be profound: 1.2 million fewer people have been diagnosed and treated for TB in in 2021 with four months still left in the calendar year. Currently, only US$6.5 billion per annum…

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Safe Abortion Care: self-managed abortion pills could open up access and hold up autonomy

I became an abortion provider almost 10 years ago. Since then, I have helped countless people around the world access safe abortion care. I’ve also witnessed the devastating complications from unsafe abortion when people do not have access to this essential health care. Unsafe abortion is one of the main causes of maternal death and suffering worldwide, and the only one that is almost entirely preventable. Own Correspondent An abortion with pills is a game-changer. The simple regimen, taken over 24 hours, has the power to completely revolutionise access to…

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WHO Recommends Newest COVID-19 Treatment…As MSF Calls For Equal Access To The Medications

THE World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the two-drug treatment cocktail, casirivimab/imdevimab, for people with COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter The development comes in the midst of calls by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the US pharmaceutical corporation Regeneron, the manufacturer and patent holder of these drugs, to take immediate actions to ensure the medications are affordable and accessible for everyone who needs them and forego any monopoly on these new treatments. Given the massive need for COVID-19 medicines around the world, Regeneron should make casirivimab and imdevimab available at a reasonable…

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Acute health needs in Afghanistan must be urgently addressed and health gains protected

Statement by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, and Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean on their visit to Kabul We recently completed a high level mission to Kabul, Afghanistan, where we met with senior members of the Taliban leadership, UN partners, health care workers and patients, and WHO staff. Afghanistan’s health system is on the brink of collapse. Unless urgent action is taken, the country faces an imminent humanitarian catastrophe. Our visit allowed us to witness the immediate needs of the…

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Red Cross Partners ZITF In health and First Aid Services

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has once again partnered with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) through provision of free health and first aid services with the organisation providing COVID 19 vaccinations at this year’s edition of the annual business showcase. Own Correspondant In support of the government accelerated and decentralised vaccination drive, the ZRCS has deployed a team of medical doctors and nurses who are providing COVID 19 vaccinations for free within the exhibition centre, bringing the much-needed services closer to the people who might have missed an opportunity…

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Gvt Institutes Measures To Contain COVID-19 In Schools

CABINET has announced a raft of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in schools following indications that schools have become the latest COVID-19 hotspots. HealthTimes Reporter Briefing Journalists during a post-Cabinet Media briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the number of cases recorded went up to 1 669 this week and the education sector contributed significantly to this increase. Government has, therefore, instituted the following measures to contain the COVID-19 surge in schools,” she said. Some of the measures include: enhancement of surveillance and…

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UK Aid Cut On Global AIDS Response Deals Major Blow To AIDS Progress

A new report has warned that the world is gradually sleepwalking towards a new AIDS emergency  following the United Kingodom’s decision to cut its level of official development assistance from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income. Health Reporter According to the report titled, Jeopardising Progress: Impact of UK Government AIDS Cuts on HIV/AIDS Worldwide, there is urgent need for action to get the HIV response back on track. The report also shows how COVID-19 has disrupted HIV services, leading to significant declines in HIV testing and referrals to treatment…

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Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Appointed WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

THE World Health Organization today announced the appointment of The Rt Hon Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing. Mr Brown is widely credited with preventing a second Great Depression through his stewardship of the 2009 London G20 summit. He mobilized world leaders to commit an additional $1.1 trillion to restore credit, growth and jobs to help the world economy through the global financial crisis. Health Reporter More recently, Mr Brown has tirelessly called on wealthy nations as well as the…

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COVID-19 Hits Mberengwa Boarding Schools

COVID-19 cases have risen in Mberengwa boarding schools to 125 following more tests that have been done in schools. Staff Reporter Previously Chegato 59, Masase40 had recorded 59 and 40 respectively before they had conducted other tests from the neighboring schools. Dr Gabriel Ndagurwa, Mberengwa District Medical Officer told state media that they were working flat out to make sure that the COVID-19 cases are contained and avoid spreading in the boarding schools that have been identified as hotspots. We have about 125 cases for far that we have picked…

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