LafargeHolcim Signs Landmark Pledge To Reduce Global Carbon Footprint

LafargeHolcim, the holding company for local cement manufacturer Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe, joins the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) “Business Ambition for 1.5°C,” becoming the first global building materials company to sign the pledge with intermediate targets for 2030, validated by SBTi[1]. This commitment builds on LafargeHolcim’s leadership in green construction with cutting-edge solutions such as ECOPact, its green concrete, and Susteno, its leading circular cement. As a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe fully subscribes to this commitment. HealthTimes Reporter In its 2030 goals, LafargeHolcim is further lowering its target…

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Tobacco responsible for 20% of deaths from coronary heart disease

EVERY year, 1.9 million people die from tobacco-induced heart disease, according to a new brief released today by the World Health Organization, World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia ahead of World Heart Day, marked on 29 September. HealthTimes Reporter This equates to one in five of all deaths from heart disease, warn the report’s authors, who urge all tobacco users to quit and avoid a heart attack, stressing that smokers  are more likely to experience an acute cardiovascular event at a younger age than non-smokers. Just a…

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WHO & UNICEF Recommit To Accelerating Health & Well-being At All ages

THE World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first. HealthTimes Reporter The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations, and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition. Additionally, the two…

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Impala Car Rental Pays Medical Bills For 12 Year Girl Who Got Burnt In Inferno

IMPALA Car Rental (Impala) has, through the Albert Dondo Foundation, donated money and groceries for the upkeep and medical requirements for a 12-year-old Mt Darwin girl, Sharon Chirata who was burnt in an inferno in 2013. HealthTimes Reporter Sharon suffered severe burns that led to her developing contractures which needed money for her to undergo a corrective surgery. The car rental company yesterday also paid an outstanding bill at Karanda Mission Hospital in Mt Darwin before pledging to play their part for a plastic surgery recommended by the doctors. Mr…

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Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe: WHO

THE World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients. HealthTimes Reporter “The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and safe lives,“ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have the safe…

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UNESCO, UNICEF & WHO Published Updated Guidance On Schools Reopening

THE World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNESCO have published updated guidelines p guidance on school-related public health measures in the context of COVID-19 as schools across the globe prepare to re-open. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking during a joint Press Briefing with UNESCO and UNICEF, WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus said the guidance provides practical advice for schools in areas with no cases, sporadic cases, clusters of cases or community transmission Since the beginning of the pandemic, understanding how COVID-19 affects children has been a priority issue. Nine months into…

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Gates Foundation’s Annual Goalkeepers Report shows COVID-19 has stalled 20 years of progress, calls for a global response to end the pandemic

THE Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched its fourth annual  Goalkeepers Report, featuring new data showing how the ripple effects of COVID-19 have stopped 20 years of progress toward the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals). HealthTimes Reporter The report shows how economic damage has reinforced inequities in Africa and derailed achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; spotlights countries innovating to meet challenges. The report provides the most contemporary global data set for how the pandemic is affecting progress toward the Global Goals, showing that, by nearly…

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ZADHR Donates To Masvingo City Council COVID-19 Fight

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human rights (ZADHR) has this morning September 11, 2020 made a donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) to Masvingo City Council towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. ZADHR also donated Covid-19 test kits, drugs and medicines as well as medical sundries.

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Here’s How Often You Should Wash Your Sheets in the Summer — and the Disgusting Reasons Why A dermatologist explains

If changing your bed sheets is at the bottom of your household chore list (you know, right along with matching socks and scrubbing the shower’s grout), consider this: The skin cells that you shed in a day can feed 1 million dust mites. Let’s repeat that. One million dust mites can feast on the dead skin cells you produce in a mere day. Disgusted yet? The average person sheds a gram and a half of these keratinocytes (largely made up of the protein keratin) daily, says Cleveland Clinic dermatologist Alok…

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Joshua case study on Nutrition in COVID-19 – Zimbabwe

DORICA (37) is a mother of four, who lives in the drought-stricken district of Binga in Zimbabwe. She has a two-year-old Joshua, and also lives with her four-year-old granddaughter Dorcas. Juggling from one odd job to another has become a daily routine for Dorcas and her husband, as they struggle to provide meals for their family of seven, without a reliable source of income. By Sophie Hamandishe Despite these challenges, Dorica has remained resolute when it comes to matters of feeding her son Joshua and ensuring that he remains healthy.…

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