Zim’s Health Ministry moots National Public Health Institute

By Kuda Pembere Efforts are underway to establish a National Public Health Institute (NPHI) for Zimbabwe to help avert and manage epidemics and pandemics in the country, a senior government official said on Friday. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said this while addressing the Health development partners’ coordination forum meeting. Furthermore, the ministry is in the process of establishing a national institute for public health to assist government in the prevention and control of pandemics,” he said. The NHPI, he said, is being established with support from…

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Visa disaster looming ahead of International AIDS Conference in Munich

Delays in visa processing at German embassies put the participation of people from countries of the global South and of people from vulnerable communities in jeopardy. Deutsche Aidshilfe is now calling for political action. The conference of the International AIDS Society IAS is the world’s largest congress on scientific, socio-political and civic aspects of HIV. More than 15,000 scientists, doctors, other health care professionals and activists from over 175 countries are expected to attend #AIDS2024 in Munich from July 22 to 26, 2024. However, several activists have been reporting that…

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All Set For Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference

By Michael Gwarisa An estimated 250 delegates are set to grace the fifth edition of the Southern African Regional Students and Youth Conference (SARSYC) that will run from July 17-19, 2024 in Gaborone, Botswana. The conference will attract speakers from diverse young people groups as well as experienced public health experts, development partners and government officials. In an interview with HealthTimes ahead of the conference,  Jimmy Wilford, the Conference Convener and SAYWAHT Executive Director said it was all systems go the annual conference. We are prepared, we have a dedicated…

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Cooking Oil linked to rise in Lipoid Pneumonia in Zimbabwean Babies

By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s renowned Cardiothoratic surgeon, Dr Wilfred Muteweye has raised alarm over the growing number of babies developing Lipoid pneumonia, HealthTimes has learnt. Lipoid pneumonia is an inflammatory lung condition caused by aspiration of oils. In Zimbabwe, however, parents administer or give their infants cooking oil as a home remedy to help with colic pain relief and colds. Speaking to this publication in an Interview, Dr Muteweye said the damage caused by cooking oil and at times anointing oil is difficult to treat. Lipoid pneumonia has been noted…

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STIs Time-Bomb for Zimbabwe: Majority of STI carriers are asymptomatic and undiagnosed

By Michael Gwarisa The burden of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STIs) in Zimbabwe has been increasing over the past few years amidst indications that the majority of infected persons do not show any symptoms and could be spreading the STIs unknowingly. According to official data from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), the number of STIs recorded annually has been on the increase since 2018, and majority of cases are being recorded in women. The National Coordinator STI Prevention and Condom Distribution in the Ministry of Health and Child…

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Zimbabwe’s Seventh Food Standards Advisory Board Sworn In

By Michael Gwarisa Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Douglass Mombeshora has inaugurated a 16-member Food Standards Advisory Board (FSAB), whose mandate is to oversee the production and distribution of food products in Zimbabwe. The board’s tenure which commenced March 11, 2024, will run for three years ending 10 March 2027 in line with section 18 of the Food and Food Standards Act Chapter 15:04. Chaired by Mr Panganayi Hare, from the Law Society of Zimbabwe, the board members will also be representing their respective organisations and constituencies which have…

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Major Unethical Medical Experiments That Rocked Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa Ethics can be defined as principles of morality, particularly those dealing with right or wrong of an action. Just like any profession, medical practitioners are expected to adhere to ethical practices in their day to day conduct as the profession involves saving lives and restoring hope in people. The profession is more than just a white coat where professionalism should transcend technical expertise. A report on Ethics in the medical field by Avalon University states that Ethical practices lead to more informed decisions, fewer errors, and better…

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Zimbabwe Adolescent Health and Well-being Symposium becomes of age

By Michael Gwarisa Adolescents and young people from various parts of Zimbabwe convened at Manna Safari Lodge in Harare to deliberate on various issues of young people’s health and well-being. Some of the key topics that were covered include improving access to adolescent-friendly health services, addressing mental health and wellbeing, promoting sexual and reproductive health education and supporting adolescent empowerment and development The event was co-created and co-convened by Young People, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), and My Age Zimbabwe with support from UNESCO Zimbabwe, SRHR Africa…

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The Burden Of Unpaid Care Work On The Mental Health Of Low-earning Women in Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa Every morning, Felistas Makombe (32), from Ruwa has to wake up early and leave for work around 5:00 Am. She works as a cleaner in one of the leading cleaning companies in Zimbabwe. She has to take the earliest bus into town to ensure she gets to work on time and starts cleaning before offices open. With the ongoing road rehabilitation projects in Harare, most roads have been closed and motorists have to either make plans to leave work early or find alternative routes on time lest…

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The Intersection of Unpaid Care Work and Cholera In Zimbabwe: The Untold Tales of Women in Rural Settings

By Michael Gwarisa in Buhera Data from previous epidemics show that women and girls take on the bulk of unpaid or poorly paid care work in families and communities when formal health systems are unable to cope with the rising tide of infections. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, healthcare workers were overwhelmed with managing a novel but highly infectious respiratory infection. The growing demand for care in the context of the COVID-19 crisis deepened already existing inequalities in the gender division of labour, placing a disproportionate burden on women and…

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