MSF Clinical Trial Reports That New Shorter Treatment Regimen Cured 89% Of Patients With Rifampin-Resistant TB

ON the 2nd day of  the 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health (WCOLH) researchers presented data from a   study  that used  genome sequencing to effectively predict strains of tuberculosis susceptible to antibiotics that were likely to develop  drug resistance. By Michael Gwarisa The researchers looked at drug susceptible bacteria and aimed to identify mutations that would increase the probability of a bacteria becoming resistant in the future. The mutations confer “pre-resistance”. Monitoring these mutations could prevent the amplification of drug resistance in the population by targeting those bacteria more…

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Football champion Didier Drogba appointed WHO Ambassador for Sports and Health

FOOTBALL  legend Didier Drogba was today announced as the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health. Drogba, from Côte d’Ivoire, will support WHO to promote the Organization’s guidance on the benefits of physical activity and other healthy lifestyles, and highlight the value of sports, particularly for youth. HealthTimes Reporter Mr Drogba, well known for his football career at Chelsea and as a two-time African Footballer of the Year (2006 and 2009), has a long track record of participating in various health campaigns such as healthy lifestyles, anti-malaria and HIV…

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“Realizing the right to reproductive health and the future starts with sexual education

“I am 18 years old, and I am already thinking about getting married. In our area, girls get married early. I’m afraid that with my positive HIV status I won’t be able to find a boyfriend, which means I won’t have a family,” said Sayora Akmatova (not her real name), a participant of a training on sexuality education for adolescents living with HIV, held in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. More than 60 young people living with HIV and their parents from different regions of Kyrgyzstan recently participated in a series of trainings for…

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Manana Hospital Appeals For Assistance To Restore Destroyed Roof

MANANA Hospital, the only referral hospital in Gwanda South is appealing for financial assistance to the tune of US$40000  to have its roof which was blown away by heavy winds repaired. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter, the hospital’s secretariat and board said they were seeking donations in cash and in kind towards refurbishment of the Hospital which had its roof blown away away on October, 3 2021. “Manama Mission Hospital is the only major referral hospital in Gwanda South and is under the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ). According…

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Gvt Reviewing Vehicles Loan Scheme Rates For Healthcare Workers

AS part of efforts to retain skilled healthcare professionals, government has announced that a raft of measures including a subsidized vehicle loan scheme were in the pipeline. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a post cabinet media briefing, Information minister, Senorita Monica Mutsvangwa said government was focusing on accelerating the provision of non-monetary benefits to health workers as a short to medium-term measure to stem the brain drain observed in the health sector. Accordingly, completion of the model flats to be constructed for health professionals across the country’s provinces is…

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Human-Wildlife Conflict In Zim: Six People Killed By Wild Animals In One Week

A 46 year old man from Save was killed by an Elephant whilst coming from church, bringing the total number of people who have been killed by wildlife over the past seven days t0 six. By Michael Gwarisa According to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife (ZIMPARKS) spokesperson, Mr Tinashe Farawo, conflict between people and wildlife was becoming a big conservation threat for Zimbabwe. A 46 year old man from Save was unfortunately killed by an elephant whilst coming from church with other congregants. Other congregant manged to escape from the raging…

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New study casts doubt on the way in which tuberculosis (TB) is transmitted

Results from the first fingerstick blood test to meet WHO standards for TB released The virtual 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health (WCOLH) opened today by announcing three major scientific developments that will potentially impact the global response to tuberculosis (TB), the world´s second biggest infectious disease killer behind COVID-19. The event takes place against the backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine inequity, with the pandemic continuing to impact the delivery of TB services in many low- and middle-income countries. COVID-19 and TB are today the world´s two leading infectious…

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United States Approves $213.2 million to Support HIV Response in Zimbabwe

MORE than 1.2 million Zimbabweans living with HIV will continue receiving lifesaving treatment and health services enabling them to lead long and healthy lives, and thousands of health care workers will continue carrying out their critical work under the latest country plan approved by the United States. Congress approved $213.2 million for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 2021 country plan for Zimbabwe, reflecting strong coordination between the United States and key partners, including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and civil…

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WoMandla Foundation Spearheads Girls Participation In 2022 National Budget Consultations

WoMandla Foundation, a women led, women serving and women focused organization operating in Zvishavane, Midlands province  has embarked on an initiative to have girls and young women participate in pre-budget consultative meetings ahead of the forthcoming 2022 Zimbabwe National Budget presentation. By Michael Gwarisa Through a campaign dubbed the Show Us the Money for Health, WoMandla Foundation is sensitizing girls in Zvishavane,Mberengwa, Mashava, Shurugwi and Masvingo on the current state of healthcare domestic financing in Zimbabwe and why there is need to meet the Abuja Declaration target of allocating at…

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Teen Pregnancies and Early Marriages Rear Ugly Head in Zim’s Farming Communities

IT’S a normal day inside Sable Ranch, a farming community at least 6 kilometers outside Marondera town in Mashonaland East province. Since its tobacco planting season, majority of labourers have been sent on a two-week long leave to give the tobacco plant enough time to grow. Just like their parents, school children at Ranch Farm and other surrounding farming communities are attending school just twice every week to adhere to government set COVID-19 prevention protocols. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Marondera, Mashonaland East While the adults have capitalized on the…

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