SAFAIDS In Adolescents Contraceptives Drive

THE Southern African HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Services (SAFAIDS) is conducting a comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SHRH) program in the country’s hard to reach areas. By Michael Gwarisa The program dubbed “Her Choice,” is a one year project currently being offered in the country’s three districts namely Kariba, Mberengwa and Rushinga. It aims at equipping young people with SHRH information as well as teaching them about proper and correct use of contraceptives to avoid unwanted pregnancies, HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Speaking during a breakfast meeting,…

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50 percent of Sex Workers Report Using HIV Prevention: UNAIDS

ABOUT 50 percent of sex workers in Zimbabwe reported getting at least two prevention services against HIV in the past three months in 2018, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS) has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the Global Aids Update 2019 report released recently, UNAIDS said the possible  prevention services received included condoms and lubricant, counselling on condom use and safe sex, and testing of sexually transmitted infections. “Despite the availability of a widening array of effective HIV prevention tools and methods—and a massive scale-up of antiretroviral therapy…

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Women Pressure Groups Demand Commission of Inquiry On Magaya

THE Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) wants a commission of inquiry to probe sexual abuse allegations levelled against Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya. By Kudakwashe Pembere The organisation is a group of women pressure groups in the country.  WCoZ chairperson Ms Ronika Mumbire told journalists on Friday that the organisation was disturbed by a series of videos and images circulating on social media where the women who had initially reported violations withdrew their reports on the same platform. “”This raises questions around credibility of allegations, public…

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Call For Increased Domestic Funding For Family Planning

THERE is need for Zimbabwe to have a budget line dedicated for  family planning commodities as most of the funding comes from donors, a Ministry of Health and Child Care official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at a Budget and Finance parliamentary committee sensitization workshop on family planning issues, on behalf of Family Health director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima, his deputy Dr DavidzoyaShe Makosa said family planning is one of the pillars of safe motherhood and as ministry of health and…

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BREAKING: REPSSI CEO Noreen Huni Dies

REGIONAL Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) founding Executive Director and CEO Noreen Huni has died after a three year battle with stomach cancer. The organisagtion was formed to ensure that mental and psychosocial wellbeing for girls, boys and youth becomes standard in East and Southern Africa. The organisation achieves this by facilitating the mainstreaming of psychosocial support (PSS) into services and programs for children and youth through partnering with civil society and government. “Noreen fought a brave battle against cancer of the stomach for the last three years. In her own…

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133 Maternal Deaths Since January

THERE were 133 maternal deaths in Zimbabwe in the last six months, the Health and Child Care Ministry has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere Seven maternal deaths were reported during the week ending 30 June 2019. The deaths were reported from Mpilo (1) in Bulawayo Province, Parirenyatwa (1), Harare Central Hospital (1), Chitungwiza Central Hospital (1) in Harare Province and Mutare District (3) in Manicaland Province. Director Family Health in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Bernard Madzima said outlined the Ministry’s goal on maternal health. “The aim…

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Health Workers Declare Incapacitation

HEALTH workers have declared incapacitation as of Tuesday owing to prevailing economic challenges in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere The workers through the Health Apex Council claim their salaries have been eroded by the unpopular fiscal and monetary policies by Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube. In a joint notice by the Health Apex and Civil Service Apex Councils, the workers bemoaned the erosion of their salaries. They demanded ZWD4 700 as salary for the lowest paid worker. “The Councils are not asking for an increment but a restoration of the…

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Prioritise HealthCare, ED Tells Govt

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says it’s high time his Government prioritises the healthcare sector. By Kudakwashe Pembere He said this on Monday while officiating a hand over of medical equipment at NatPharm head offices which was preceded by a tour of the facility. “And as I went round when the specialists were explaining to me, honestly as a government we must give priority to the health sector because it is critically important that our people are healthy. “And when you are not well we should have a health system that should…

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Zim Medical Student Eyes Top Regional Post

A Zimbabwean medical student is in the run up to clinch a much coveted International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA) African Regional Director post whose elections will happen in August. By Kudakwashe Pembere Alistair Mukondiwa pursuing a medical degree with the University of Zimbabwe said Zimbabwe’s candidature was recently validated to enter the race. Representing Zimbabwe, Mukondiwa was the Zimbabwe Medical Students Association’s Vice President from September 2017 to September 2018. With Phillip Chigiya being the ZiMSA president during that period, the team managed to host an IFMSA African…

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Zim First Lady To Convene A Males Only Conference On Health And Development

ZIMBABWE’S First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has stressed the importance of male engagement in health and development as they are left out in some programs while at the same time have minimal participation in the issues. By Kudakwashe Pembere She said this at a stakeholder consultation on the strategic framework for engagement of the office of the Frist lady in HIV, Health and Development 2019 to 2023. The framework comes at a time when Mai Mnangagwa was recently elected as the Vice President of the Organisation of African First Ladies for…

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