Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

ONGOING instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Since 28 December, intercommunal disputes in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have left more than 40,000 civilians displaced, of whom an estimated 10,800, are women of reproductive age. More than 50 were killed and 60 others injured, the UN has reported, and thousands of civilians in recent weeks crossed the border into Chad, seeking refuge. Citing two flash reports…

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Magombeyi Steps Down As Doctors Union President

ZIMBABWE Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) president, Dr Peter Magombeyi has stepped down from the helm of the organization under yet to be ascertained reasons. HealthTimes Reporter In a letter addressed to the organization’s secretary general, Dr Magombeyi urged other doctors to continue with the fight for better living and working  standards. I cannot thank all the doctors enough for the opportunities the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has provided me. Working with you has been incredibly instrumental in my personal growth and I will never forget the struggle we go…

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Twin Palms Gets ISO Certification and Accreditation

TWIN Palms and its subsidiary the Gamma Allergy and Immunology Laboratory (GAMMA) received a Certificate of Accreditation from the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS), while SAZ presented its Clinical wing the Asthma, Allergy and Immune Dysfunction Clinic with the ISO 9001:2015 accreditation certificate. By Michael Gwarisa The laboratory is certified to the ISO 15189 standard which is a prestigious honour only awarded to organisations which would exhibited exceptional adherence to standards in their various fields of expertise. In a speech read on behalf of the deputy minister of…

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Nutrition Crucial For Pregnant, Lactating Women & children During Droughts

AS our nation slowly plunges into what has been projected to be one of the most catastrophic droughts over decades, it is crucial that key decision makers in government ministries take cognizance of the fact that good nutrition takes center stage in human and economic development of our country. By Kudakwashe Zombe According to the World Food Program (WFP),  Zimbabwe was facing another famine following indications that the 2020 harvest  could be low at the back continued dry spells. The WFP said it was appealing to the international community to…

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Machete Gangs Killed 105 People Since August 2019

A total of 105 people have died at the hands of Machete  wielding gangs between August and October 2019, a civil society organization has said. In a statement, Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) said its was  gravely concerned by the escalation of cases of violence involving machete killings by artisan miners across the country. “During the festive season, there were reports of one police officer who was hacked to death by the machete-wielding gangs at Good Hope Mine in Battlefields. On Christmas eve, a gold buyer suffered the same fate in…

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Mental Illness Is The Most Neglected Health Problem In The Developing World

WHEN we think of international aid, we usually picture packages of food, vaccines, and water sanitation systems. Evidently, these are all fundamental needs for a  healthy society. SOURCE: FORBES However, there’s another, equally fundamental, component that is too often overlooked: mental health. Mental health is an underserved cause in international aid for the same reasons it is still a taboo topic in most countries. First off, it has a stigma attached to it. If you suffer from a mental illness, the common conception is that there’s something wrong with you, as…

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2020: The International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

THE World Health Organization has declared that 2020, the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, will be the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. The year represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to celebrate and thank nurses and midwives for all that they do, and to make clear the critical contribution that our professions can make in achieving universal health coverage. It is urgent that we make the most of 2020. By Barbara Stilwell, PhD, RN, FRCN, executive director, Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign seeking to raise the profile of…

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Traditional Chiefs Rebuke GBV

ZIMBABWE’S traditional religious leaders have defended their culture saying it does not condone gender based violence. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during an SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) organized dialogue marking the end of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. At a time when the blame is always thrown at traditional leaders, the chiefs said they yearn to work with organisations well versed in this controversial issue. Chief Chimoyo from Mashonaland East Province said these organisations will capacitate them in handling such issues. “Every time we sit for…

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Health Minister Reads Riot Act To Unlicensed Medicine Street Vendors

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has tasked the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) to strengthen its inspection activities on unlicensed medicine vendors to make sure they are arrested instantly. By Kudakwashe Pembere Dr Moyo directed the Authority to strengthen its arresting mechanisms to clear these people off the streets. “There is someone who came and reported that they bought something in the hope it would be functional. I said why did you go to Fife Avenue Shopping Centre to start with, now you are in a…

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Global Young Women and Adolescent Girls SRHR Movement Launches In Zim

A global movement advocating for young girls and adolescent girls decision making power over their Sexual  Reproductive Health and Rights was launched in Harare on Friday night. By Kudakwashe Pembere She Decides Zimbabwe Coordinator and movement builder Mr Onward Chironda said donor agencies, civil society organisations, diplomatic corps, faith based organisation and parliamentarians pledged to support their cause. The movement is about creating a community or world safe for adolescent girls, safer for them decide on issues of teenage pregnancy, gender based violence, child marriages and other many harmful cultural…

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