Treasury raises US$8million from sugar tax

By Kuda Pembere Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Finance says it has raised US$8 million from the sugar tax regime that was introduced in 2024 National Budget presented as the country intensifies efforts to fund healthcare through home-grown initiatives. The money raised is set to be channeled towards cancer treatment. This was revealed by the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora during the Health Development Partners Coordination Forum Meeting on Friday. There is an issue of sugar tax which I should mention now because yesterday (Thursday) I had also challenged…

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Zim elected into the World Health Assembly Executive board

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe has been elected into the World Health Assembly’s (WHA) Executive Board, under a three year term running from 2024 up to 2026. This was revealed by the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora addressing the second Health development partners coordination forum meeting. I’m excited to inform you that Zimbabwe was elected into the Executive Board of the World Health Assembly. I encourage you to engage us on any issues you feel should be discussed in the Executive Board,” said Dr Mombeshora.  He added that…

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Harare City Introduces Health Insurance

By Kudakwashe Pembere A community health insurance scheme covering several health services for Harare City’s citizens should be operational before the month ends, HealthTimes has learned. In an interview with the Harare Municipality Health Services Manager Mr Richard Chigerwe, he said the scheme was different from the Harare Municipality Medical Aid which covers their employees. He said residents will have to pay a monthly subscription of US$2 to access various healthcare services under the scheme named “Utano Wedu”. Harare Municipal Medical aid is a closed medical aid for City Council…

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Health Ministry in US$9m Health Resilience Fund boost

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Ministry received medicines and equipment for use in maternal and neonatal care as well as cholera care from the Health Resilience Fund worth over US$9 million. Speaking at the handover ceremony held at the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) warehouse, Deputy Health and Child Care Minister Honorable Sleiman Kwidini commended the funding and implementing partners of the HRF for procuring these medical essentials noting they will take the country to greater heights in its quest to provide quality healthcare. “You know how difficult…

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TM PicknPay donates 3000 blankets to Zim hospitals

By Kuda Pembere One of Zimbabwe’s biggest shopping retailers TM PicknPay donated 3000 blankets to 12 public hospitals in the country on Wednesday. The blankets come at the nick of time when the country is experiencing a cold spell which has left many hospitalized. Ministry of Health and Child Care Public Health Chief Director Dr Maxwell Hove in a speech read on his behalf by Sally Mugabe Central Hospital Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Hopewell Mungani said the donation is a show of commitment to complement government’s efforts of improving…

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Zim population to grow by 6 million in 2042: Zimstat

By Kuda Pembere With population growth dependent on future fertility rates, mortality rates, and migration, basing on the 2022 Zimbabwe Population Census, the Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (ZimStat) projects the fertility rate amongst women will drop to 3.2 children per woman in 2042 compared to the 3.7 they found in 2022. This, ZimStat says is attributable to the increasing contraceptive use as well as the girl school attendance policy introduced to allow pregnant teenagers to continue school. The benchmark data for the projections is the 2022 Population and Housing Census. Based…

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AHF Zimbabwe commemorates Day of African Child

By Kuda Pembere The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Zimbabwe belatedly commemorated the Day of the African Child at the Village of Hope in Harare educating pupils from various schools in Mabelreign district on the dangers of early sexual encounters and early child marriages. At a time when the country is battling with early child marriages and teenage pregnancies through comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), AHF Zimbabwe Prevention Manager Mr Clever Taderera said the event was themed, “fostering health and education through CSE.” “Today, we have been commemorating a day of the…

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PSH commemorates the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

By Kuda Pembere Population Solutions for Health (PSH) today joined the world in commemorating the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. At an event held at the Embassy of Sweden in Harare, youngsters from high school and some universities alongside other youths were commended for opening up on drug and substance abuse which the Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Per Lindgärde finds helpful in reducing further damage caused by this scourge. The commemoration comes at a time when PSH is spearheading a campaign dubbed The Strength…

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UNICEF Zimbabwe appeals for MICS Survey funds

Only US$500 000 has been raised for Zimbabwe to successfully conduct the seventh round of the Multiple Index Cluster Survey (MICS 2024) with the United Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the technical partner in the production of the survey appealing for more funds to meet the required amount of money. The total budget has been costed to fetch US$2.5 million to be used for supply and procurement, training of enumerators and supervisors as well as the technical preparatory work for field operations. The MICS plays a massive role in the collection of…

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Calls to remove duty on sunscreen products grow louder

By Kudakwashe Pembere Calls to remove duty for the production and importation of sunscreen lotions are growing louder by the day at a time when persons living with albinism are having to fork out around US$20 for a tube. A person living with albinism requires four to five tubes per month which add to 125 ml. This emerged during an International Day of Albinism Awareness Day celebrations organized by the Albinism Empowerment Coalition (AEC) held recently in the capital. In an interview, Former Kambuzuma Legislator Willias Madzimure said manufacturers of…

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