China, Zim sign Eye Cataract Surgery MOU

By Kuda Pembere The Chinese Government on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Bright Journey cataract surgery program with the Zimbabwean Government. Speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Zimbabwean and Chinese Governments for the Bright Journey program of cataract surgery at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said they are hopeful this cataract surgery which began in 2010 followed by another eye surgery camp in 2012 will help local ophthalmologists gain exposure from Chinese counterparts.…

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Merck Foundation avails over 140 oncology scholarships to Africa

By Kudakwashe Pembere The number of Merck Foundation’s scholarships for training cancer specialists in Africa to meet the huge demand of oncology services is increasing as the organization’s Cancer Access Program with First Ladies and Ministries of Health has managed to avail over 140 scholarships to African doctors. Cancer Access Program seeks to build quality and equitable cancer care capacity in Africa with the aim to increase the limited number of Oncologists and develop the first multidisciplinary cancer care teams across the continent. With World Cancer Day commemorations running on…

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SAfAIDS launches 2024 HIV prevention shadow report

By Kuda Pembere SAfAIDS Zimbabwe on Thursday launched the 2024 Zimbabwe HIV Prevention Shadow Report where the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) together withe the National AIDS Council (NAC) were tasked to complete Zimbabwe’s HIV national prevention roadmap by September this year. Presenting the report on Thursday, SAfAIDS Regional Policy & Advocacy Specialist,  Adolf Mavheneke said since the country participated in the formation of the Global HIV Prevention coalition attending all regional meetings, the HIV prevention roadmap has not been localized. What our specific advocacy asks against the…

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UNICEF donates cholera medicine to Zim Health Ministry

By Kuda Pembere The Ministry of Health and Child Care has received US$265 000 worth of cholera treatment medicines and equipment from Unicef to help Zimbabwe in the containment of the outbreak. Speaking at the handover ceremony at NatPharm Warehouse in Harare on Friday, the Health and Child Care Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said it was disconcerting to find the case fatality rate still over 2 percent. And what you have given us today is quite substantial and will go a long way in helping us combat the cholera epidemic.…

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Zim among highly burdened AMR African countries with National Action Plans

By Kuda Pembere With Zimbabwe drafting its second National Action Plan to reduce Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), it is among some African countries that is still battling high AMR, a study says. Compared to European countries with AMR national action plans, despite a display of commitment to ameliorate AMR issues, African countries are still struggling with the high burden. A study published in The Lancet titled ‘The burden of bacterial antimicrobial resistance in the WHO African region in 2019: a cross-country systematic analysis’, noted that implementation of these policies was the…

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Kwidini appointed Health Deputy Minister

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Honorable Sleiman Timios Kwidini as the deputy minister for the Health and Child Care ministry effective immediately. Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr. Martin Rushwaya announced this appointment on Wedenesday. “In terms of Subsection 2 of Section 104 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013, His Excellency the President, Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa has appointed the followingDeputy Ministers with immediate effect Honorable Kwidini represents the Chiwundura Constituency in Parliament and according to a LinkedIn profile, he is a registered general…

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Call to reduce out-of-school rates in Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter Inasmuch as Zimbabwe has managed to see 90 percent of children to school, much needs to be done to reduce the number of out of school children for the nation to realise inclusive education, Unicef Representative to Zimbabwe Dr Tajudeen Oyewale said. With the world commemorating the International Day of Education, Dr Oyewale said the day provides the country a change to evaluate its progress regarding the provision of policies which direct positive attitudes towards education. “We commend Zimbabwe for the high net enrollment ratio in primary…

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230 000 Zimbabweans to benefit from USAID, WFP 2024 lean season assistance

By Kuda Pembere About 230 000 Zimbabweans are set to benefit from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) US$11.3 million food support to cushion against the January to March 2024 lean season. The World Food Programme (WFP) will be coordinating the distribution of this assistance which comes at the nick of time when the country is also enduring the El Nino situation.This lean season assistance is part of the collective efforts of the national Food Deficit Mitigation Programme in partnership with the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and…

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Zim, SA medical products regulators sign MOU

By Staff Reporter The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), allowing the two regulators to develop a cooperative partnership towards ensuring access to safe, quality, and effective health products in the respective countries. This is the second MOU following the signing ceremony between MCAZ and the Egyptian Drug Authority (FDA) last year. MCAZ and SAHPRA will cooperate in joint products reviews and inspections to enable efficient access to health products. This partnership will also…

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Harare water crisis technical committee given another 100 days

By Kudakwashe Pembere As Harare’s water challenges appear to be a thorn in the flesh for both the local authority and central government, a technical committee appointed to come up with solutions to mitigate this crisis has been afforded another 100 days to round up their task. This on Wednesday was said by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka during a progress report presentation of the committee’s first 100 days. He said Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa in October last year tasked a committee…

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