From Hundreds Of Cholera Patients To Zero Admissions: Manicaland Showcases Power Of Multisectoral Collaboration In Outbreak Response

By Michael Gwarisa It’s about 11:00 in the morning, and Tichaona Shumba (45) from Chikuni Village, Farm 157 in Mutare Rural sits quietly on his bed at Zvipiripiri Clinic. He is probably wondering how he survived Cholera despite the disease having killed many people in his district between October and December 2023. There is not much activity at the facility, left for a few men carrying out some renovations in one of the wards. A handful of Village Health Workers (VHWs) are also seated under a shed ahead of their…

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Buhera Village Head Leads Whole Village To Get Vaccinated After Losing Five Family Members To Cholera

By Michael Gwarisa in Buhera In Mubvirwi Village, Buhera under Chief Nyashanu, tales of how one family lost five members within a space of five days will forever be told decades from now. Even though this tragic incident occurred five months ago, when the Cholera outbreak was at its peak in Buhera District, one can easily sense the sadness and sombre atmosphere that has engulfed the once vibrant and happy village of Mubvirwi. The new graves that have sprouted across Villages in Buhera over the past few months are a…

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Single Dose Oral Cholera Vaccine Strategy Bears Fruit On the African Continent

By Michael Gwarisa Following indications of Global Shortages of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV), the International Coordinating Group (ICG), the body which manages emergency supplies of vaccines announced a temporary suspension of the standard two-dose vaccination regimen in cholera outbreak response campaigns, using instead a single-dose approach. Despite fears from countries currently battling Cholera, the one-dose strategy has proven to be effective in responding to outbreaks, even though evidence on the exact duration of protection is limited, and protection appears to be much lower in children.  With a two-dose regimen,…

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Wearing Tight-Fitting Pants Increases Risk of Infertility in Men- Zim Doctor Warns

By Michael Gwarisa Tight underwear, boxers or pants generate so much heat that could literary overheat the sperm and compromise sperm quality, a top Obstetrician and researcher, has warned. His warning comes in the wake of evidence of a notable increase in the prevalence of infertility in men over the years, amid a growing fashion trend where slim-fit or tight-fitting clothes have become trendy. Data from a cross-section study by Dr Mugove Madziyire et al which explored “The causes of infertility in women presenting to gynecology clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe”…

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Zim Spectacles Medical Aid Claims Balloon To ZW$10 Billion

By Michael Gwarisa The prevailing inflationary environment has eroded the value of local currency-denominated medical aid packages, resulting in claims for Spectacles going through the ceiling over the past 12 months. While the volume of annual spectacle claims has been declining over the period 2021 to 2023, the same cannot be said about the values of both foreign currency and local currency-denominated spectacle claims. Speaking in an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Shylet Sanyanga said volumes of annual spectacles claims have…

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CDC Appoints Dr Robyn Neblett Fanfair Permanent Director HIV Prevention Division

By Michael Gwarisa The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the appointment of Captain Robyn Neblett Fanfair as director in the HIV Prevention division. Since August 2022, Dr. Fanfair has been at the helm of the Division as Acting Director, and will continue to provide her scientific leadership and expertise to manage, direct and coordinate the work of the Division to reduce new HIV infections, advance health equity, and improve the health of people with HIV. Announcing the appointment, Dr Jonathan H. Mermin, Director National Center for…

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Helmsley pledge $2.19 million to help end blinding disease in Zambia

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has joined Sightsavers in the global fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with a grant of US$2.19 million to help eliminate the blinding disease in Zambia. The funding was announced at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Dubai where a total of $777m US dollars were pledged to help fight the 21 conditions classed as NTDs. Trachoma begins as a bacterial infection, with symptoms similar to conjunctivitis. But repeated infections cause scarring that makes people’s eyelashes turn inwards and scrape…

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Environment Minister Visits Mid Zambezi, Lauds AWF Conservation Efforts

Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate and Wildlife Honorable John Paradza made a three-day visit to the Mid Zambezi Valley communal areas for a community engagement exercise to get firsthand information on human wildlife conflict concerns and possible mitigation measures from communities. The visit, which was done in one of the African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF) priority Landscapes spanned from 7-9 February and saw the Deputy Minister getting information about human wildlife conflict interventions implemented by AWF in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), Rural District Councils…

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Eye Health A Neglected Public Health Issue In Africa

By Michael Gwarisa Sightsavers have warned that the continued neglect of Eye Care as a public health issue on the African continent was derailing efforts to respond eye-related diseases, resulting in more people developing blindness and irreversible eye complications. This comes amidst indications that globally, a billion people have a visual impairment that could have been prevented or could still be treated. Speaking in an interview with HeathTimes in Zambia recently, Francis Kalusa,  Sightasavers Program Manager Zambia said Eye Care was lagging behind other diseases in terms of attention. So…

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Zimbabwe Marks One Year Since Recording First Cholera Case

By Michael Gwarisa Today, February 12, 2024, marks exactly 12 months since the first Cholera outbreak was reported in Zimbabwe in Chegutu, Mashonaland West. The Cholera anniversary comes in the wake of the outbreak having been reported in 61 districts in all the country’s 10 provinces. Deputy Cholera Incident Manager in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Stephen Karim said the country was beginning to witness a positive trajectory in the cholera outbreak. You might remember that we reported the first case of Cholera was on the…

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