Relying On Donors For ARVs A Health Time-bomb Says NAC Boss

THE National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bernad Madzima says the prevailing scenario whereby the country relies heavily on donors for Antiretroviral medicines was unstainable. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe is one of the countries with the biggest population in need of the antiretroviral (ART) medicines. It has a population of about 1.4 million people in need of ART. Speaking at a National Dialogue on the Local Manufacture of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Dr Bernard Madzima said the country’s AIDS Levy is used to procure ART medications but…

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Universal Health Coverage Hangs In Limbo Due To COVID-19 Impact- CWGH

THE  COVID-19 pandemic has within a short space of reversed health gains that had been attained over a long period and could threaten the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Community Working Group on Health has said. By Michael Gwarisa In his World Health Day 2021 remarks, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the pandemic had worsened the already existing inequalities to accessing healthcare services and there was need for an escape plan that also favors vulnerable societal groups. The theme for this year is building a fairer,…

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Consider Door To Door Administration Of Vaccines For The Elderly And Those With Chronic Conditions

BEATNCDs, a local non profit organization advocating for the prioritization and inclusion of those with Chronic and Non Communicable Diseases  (NCDs) on the national health agenda has called on government and local authorities to make vaccines easily accessible for people with NCDs. HealthTimes Reporter Speaking to HealthTimes, BeatNCDs Director Jacob Ngwenya said some people living with Chronic ailments were bedridden and therefore cannot travel to institutions offering vaccinations, hence the need for a customized vaccine distribution plan for that specific group of people. People living with non communicable diseases (PLWNCDs)…

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COVID-19 Pushes Africa To Back Of The Queue In Accessing Essential Health Services Says WHO

THE prevailing COVIND-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities to accessing health care services for low and middle income countries with the biggest impact being felt in African countries, the World Health Organisation  (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said. By Staff Reporter In her World Health Day 2021 address, Dr Moeti said African countries have been pushed to the back of the queue in terms of accessingCOVID–19 test kits, personal protective equipment as well as vaccines. This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate…

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Zim Medical Aid Companies Should Embrace Telehealth Post COVID-19- AHFoZ

THERE was a general decline in contributions to medical aid companies as well as delays in processing claims during the COVID-19 induced lockdown period amidst indications that most players struggled to process claims as they still rely on obsolete manual systems. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual dialogue, Association of Health Care Funders (AHFoZ) Chief Executive Officer Ms Shylet Sanyanga said Medical Aid players have to think outside the box and prepare for future emergencies and also ensure they continue offering services even in the presence of global a…

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Child Marriages and Teen Pregnancies: Twin Evils Widening Opportunities Gap Between Boys and Girls in Zimbabwe

Mashonaland Central Provincial Nursing Officer in the MoHCC, Anna Chinyemba

GROWING incidences of early marriages and Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) that have also been exacerbated by the prevailing COVID-19 health emergency, have thrown girls and young women in an abyss of poverty, further making them vulnerable to various forms of abuse, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has warned. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bindura According to statistics, there have been increased cases of teenage pregnancies during the COVID-19 induced lockdown period in Zimbabwe owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the alarming rates of…

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Zimbabwe’s 2020 Global AIDS Monitoring Report Shows Progress In Bending AIDS Trajectory

ZIMBABWE has released its 2020 Global AIDS Monitoring (GAM) report which shows that the country is itching closer to epidemic control despite a myriad of challenges threatening to reverse the gains achieved so far, chief among them being the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing a Press Conference where he presented on GAM and progress made so far, National AIDS Council (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Benard Madzima said the country achieved tits 90-9090 targets and the results from the GAM estimates also tallies with the ZIMPHIA results that were…

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Zim To Buy A Million Vaccine Dosses Every Months

FINANCE and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube says government has set mobilised USD100 million towards the purchase of Covid–19 vaccines to cover a significant portion of the population in order to achieve herd immunity. By Staff Reporter In a statement, Prof Ncube said they have also arranged with leading freight company DHL to transport vaccines in the future. I am pleased to announce that Government has this week received 1,056,000 doses of Covid –19 vaccines purchased from China, which are being made available to Zimbabwe Citizens free of charge…

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Lafarge Hands Over Mothers Waiting Shelter In Chimanimani

LAFARGE Zimbabwe has handed over a four–bed fully contained expectant mothers’waiting shelter in Chikukwa Village, Chimanimani. By Staff Reporter This project is one of the two projects that the cement manufacturing firm contributed in response to the unfortunate occurrence of Cyclone Idai which left a trail of destruction in 2019. The waiting mother’s facility will service a sparse community of approximately 10000 people spanning across a 30km radius. Speaking at the handover event, Larfarge Chief Executive Officer, Precious Nyika said they were fulfilling some pledges they made when the Cyclone…

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City Of Harare Amplifies COVID-19 Vaccination

THE City of Harare has upped the COVID-19 national vaccination programme by offering the service free of charge from their clinics in Harare. By Catherine Murombedzi Health Correspondent The COVID-19 vaccination programme kicked off last month with healthcare workers prioritised. The Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Constantino Chiwenga was the first to receive the vaccine leading the way by deeds. The programme has opened up to all requiring to have the prevention jab. Yes, we are offering COVID-19 vaccination with effect from 1 April, tomorrow, from…

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