Higherlife Foundation Intensifies Maternal Health Support In Zimbabwe

A total of seven hospitals which benefited from the Higherlife Foundation donation of maternal health equipment in December 2020 have received a second batch of donations, in a move that is likely to boost maternal and neonatal health care in Zimbabwe. By Patricia Mashiri The donation is a partnership between Higherlife Foundation and The ELMA Group of Foundations. The donated equipment includes 15 cardio tachygraphy, 7 ultrasounds, 14 portable multipara meter monitors, 14 vacuum extraction kits, 43 suction machines, 9 neonate resuscitation kits, 13 CPAP machines, 11 multipara meter monitors,…

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Adopt Women Centred HIV Initiatives To End AIDS Warns Women CSOs

CIVIL Society groups have raised concern over the high prevalence HIV/AIDS  as well as the ever growing number of new infections in women and girls who are disproportionately affected by HIV due to their societal roles like harmful cultural practices. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking in a webinar meeting , Jane  Kalweo, the Advisor United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Office Zimbabwe said there was need for women centered initiatives as they are always left behind. Women continue to suffer lack of representation. We need more women centered initiatives. The responsible authorities…

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Cancer Association of Zimbabwe Uses Women Month To Raise Cancer Awareness

THE Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (CAZ) says it has dedicated their time during the Women’s month to raising awareness around cancer and other Non Communicable Diseases amongst citizens. By Patricia Mashiri In an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Lovemore Makurirofa, the CAZ Information Research and Evaluation Officer said they took up various cancer awareness activities in the women’s month including screening and raising awareness on both cervical and breast cancer. As you are aware that cervical cancer and breast cancer are the most cancers among female in Zimbabwe. Cervical cancer constitutes…

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President Mnangagwa Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa received his C0VID-19 vaccine jab in the resort town of Victoria Falls. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking at the launch of the second phase of the National vaccination programme in Victoria Falls, President  Mnangagwa challenged communities to embrace the vaccination programme. Zimbabwe like any other countries was not spared from devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me reiterate the global call by the World Health Organization ( WHO) that no one is safe until everyone is safe. “I therefore challenge all of us in our respective communities…

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One Year After Zororo Makamba’s Death, Journalists Remain Exposed To COVID-19 Infection Risk

JOURNALISTS in Zimbabwe have been declared  front-line workers owing to their leading role in disseminating factual information. Exactly a year ago on this day, March 23, 2020, COVID-19 claimed its first victim, and sad enough, the first casualty was from within the media ranks, Zororo Makamba. By Patricia Mashiri Since March 2020 to date, so many lives have been lost to the dreaded coronavirus and amongst those who died were Journalists from both the public and private media. Besides Zoro, some of the Journalists who succumbed to COVID-19 in Zimbabwe…

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World Vision Celebrates Significant Increase In Access To safe water

THE World Vision a Christian and child-focused humanitarian aid agency celebrates significant increase in the number of children and families accessing safe water in Zimbabwe By Patricia Mashiri Celebrating this year’s World Water Day running under the theme “Valuing Water, World Vision have made water available in sufficient quantities transforming communities and contributing to their health, education as well as economic benefits. Morris Chidavaenzi, the World Vision Zimbabwe WASH Technical Advisor, said they were thankful to their local and international partners whom they worked with to accelerate the access of…

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Zimbabwe Parliament Receives Equipment For Breastfeeding Room For MPs

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organizations Scaling Up Nutrition (ZICSOSUNA) has handed over equipment for the breastfeeding room being set up inside the Parliament of Zimbabwe building, in a move  that is set to bring convenience to lactating Members of Parliament and other parliament female employees. By Patricia Mashiri The donated stuff includes couch set, refrigerator, carpet and a table. In her acceptance speech, Mabel Chinomona, the President of Senate and Patron of the Women’s Caucus said the donation from ZICOSUNA came at the right time as there has been increasing…

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DZT Concerned Over Insensitive Reportage Of Disability Issues In The Media

THE Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) says it is concerned with the lack of appreciation by Journalists as well as the  under-reportage of issues effecting People With Disabilities (PWDs) especially issues to do with their Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). By Patricia Mashiri Speaking at a Disability Management Training for SRHR programme Implementers, Tinotenda Chikunya, the DZT Communications Officer challenged the media to raise awareness on SRHR issues in a disability inclusive way as well as play its part in disability friendly information dissemination. The media can be a vital…

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Intensify COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccination of Teachers and Pupils Health Experts Warn

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe representative, Dr Alex Gasasira says there is need to support schools in ensuring they adhere to set COVID-19 prevention guidelines to avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases. By Patricia Mashiri The call comes hot on the heels of  the recent reopening of schools in the midst of concerns being raised by public health experts that the country could be headed for a catastrophic third wave in the midst of new COVID-19 strains. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr  Gasasira, said schools should be supported…

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UN Bemoans Covid-19 Impact On Women

THE United Nations (UN) has bemoaned the negative impact the Covid-19 world pandemic has brought on women world over. HealthTimes Reporter In a statement which opened this year’s the 65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), UN said the pandemic has impacted women disproportionately. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted women disproportionately – from loss of jobs to rise in violence against women and unpaid care work. Although women are at the front line of COVID-19 response as healthcare workers, innovators and leaders, their contributions…

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