Kick-Out Stunting Campaign To Raise Awareness On Micro-nutrients Deficiencies In Children

THERE is need to address the issue of micro-nutrients deficiencies in children at a very young age in order to arrest the malnutrition and stunting problem  currently haunting Zimbabwe, a nutritionist has said. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 2020 Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey, stunting remains high at 29.4% for the children under the age of five. The national stunting prevalence was reported to be 29.4% among children6-59 months. The Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate was 3.7% and below the WHO threshold for emergency. Children identified as underweight…

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Cimas introduces new nostro medical aid packages

CIMAS Medical Aid Society has introduced three new foreign currency medical aid packages, intended to give those able to pay for medical aid from a domestic nostro account access to healthcare services with a minimal shortfall or none at all. Membership contributions for the three new packages, dubbed Secure Packages will be paid from the member’s local nostro account. Claims will likewise be settled by payment into domestic nostro accounts. The three new packages are Secure Essential, an entry level nostro package giving access to Group B private hospitals up…

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How Antibiotics Are Finding Their Way Onto Your Diner Table

AS the world is grappling with emerging novel public health threats and natural disasters, lurking in the dark is an even more lethal and irreversible health challenge, Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), a catastrophe which could wipe out an entire civalisation if something is not done NOW. By Michael Gwarisa According to the World Health Oragnisation (WHO), by the year 2050, the world will be faced with a catastrophe of double proportions and will be losing about 10 million people yearly at a huge cost.  A number of strides have been made…

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UNESCO And Gvt Launch New WhatsApp Based Education App

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (ZIMSEC) has this morning launched a WhatsApp-based educational application, Dzidzo Paden|Imfundwe’ndlini. By Michael Gwarisa Dzidzo paden|Imfundwe’ndlini is a WhatsApp automated chatbot aimed at distributing premium academic resources to learners who have limited or no access to the internet but have access to WhatsApp. The chatbot will start by distributing curriculum-aligned academic resources (notes, past exam papers and marking schemes) for Grade 7s, Form 4s and…

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18 Year Old Uzumba Boy Needs Your Help To Have Growth Removal Procedure

MUNASHE Madzinga (18) from Uzumba Ward 12 is appealing for financial donation of  US$1760 to have a growth that developed on his face removed. He developed the growth and because of that he was withdrawn from school when he was in form 3. On Friday the family visited Parirenyatwa so that he gets medical attention but they were told we are not fully operational but referred to a medical doctor. Those interested in helping our brother or need more information kindly get in touch with his  father who is a…

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Zimbabwe Observes Week Long Antimicrobial Resistance Awareness Campaign

AMR

ZIMBABWE has joined the rest of the world in commemorating the World Antibiotic week which is meant to increase awareness and educate communities on the dangers associated with Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a bid to influence behavior change and attitudes towards antibiotics use, consumption and disposal. By Michael Gwarisa The Antibiotic awareness week is running from 18 to 24 November, 2020 and as part of the awareness raising efforts, the country has also come up with a Jingle that will be played on various radio stations as well as poems…

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Zimbabwe Sets-Up National Task force To Monitor ICPD@25 Commitments

ZIMBABWE has commenced the process of setting up a National Task-force (NTF) for monitoring the implementation of commitments the country made at the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD@25) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019. By Michael Gwarisa Through support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Partners in Population Development (PPD) have selected Zimbabwe and nine other countries namely Bangladesh, Morocco, Thailand, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Benin, and Uganda to take further initiatives to continued national consultations through National Task Forces (NTF) for South…

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UNITED STATES PROVIDES ADDITIONAL US$ 3 MILLION FOR HUMANITARIAN DEMINING IN ZIMBABWE

THE United States government is pleased to announce an additional USD $3 million for humanitarian demining projects in Zimbabwe. Since 1998, the United States has invested more than $23.9 million in Zimbabwe to protect people from landmines and promote economic opportunities through safe access to land. The United States supports the Government of Zimbabwe’s goal to safely clear all minefields in the country by 2025. As Ambassador Nichols stated, “Longstanding U.S. support for humanitarian demining in Zimbabwe has destroyed more than 38,000 landmines, returned 8.1 square kilometers of land to…

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Gvt Orders Schools With Poor COVID-19 Management Capacities To Close As Coronavirus Infects 100 Pupils In Matabeleland

CABINET has resolved to close schools without proper COVID-19 management equipment and capacity as well as those where COVID-19 is suspected as a means to avoid spread of the virus into communities. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes hot on the heels of a resurgence of COVID-19 in the country with Bulawayo emerging as the new epicenter for the virus amidst indications that not less than 100 pupils at  John Tallach Secondary School in Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland North province have so far tested positive for the virus. Briefing Journalists during a…

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Communities and Midwives Should Collaborate To Reduce Unintended Pregnancies and Unsafe Abortions – Dr Magure

Dr Tsitsi Magure

PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals Clinical Director, Dr Tsitsi Magure has called for increased partnership between women pressure groups, communities and midwives amidst indications of increased admissions of young teenage girls into health facilities as a result of teenage pregnancies and post labor or abortion related complications. By Michael Gwarisa The call also comes at a time the country is debating the adoption of the Age of Consent which seeks to reduce age restrictions towards accessing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services (SRH) including contraceptives to 12 years, inorder to reduce Early…

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