“Illuminating a Path to Sustainable Healthcare: Why Zimbabwe’s Clinics and Hospitals Need Frecon Solar’s 50kW Solar System”

By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector faces numerous challenges, but one crucial aspect often overlooked is reliable energy access. Power outages and erratic electricity supply can have devastating consequences, including loss of life, equipment damage, and compromised care. However, there is a solution – Frecon Solar’s cutting-edge 50kW solar system. This innovative technology offers: – Reliable energy supply, ensuring uninterrupted healthcare services – Reduced energy costs, freeing up resources for critical medical needs – Increased energy independence, minimizing reliance on grid power – Environmental sustainability, aligning with global renewable energy…

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Biden administration plans major cuts to AIDS relief programs in Africa

The Biden administration plans to cut funding by more than 6 percent in fiscal 2025 from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the 21-year-old program credited with saving millions of lives in Africa, a senior PEPFAR official told POLITICO. The State Department, which oversees the program, confirmed the cuts. The department has gradually spent down a glut in the PEPFAR budget from years in which funding from Congress exceeded State’s ability to spend it, said a department spokesperson who, like the PEPFAR official, was granted anonymity to discuss sensitive…

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Polygamous Communities Have Lowest HIV Burden In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa HIV estimates in Zimbabwe show that HIV prevalence and the number of new infections in communities that practice polygamy are lower compared to other settings, HealthTimes has learnt. The HIV response in Zimbabwe emphasizes the need for sexually active individuals to have not more than one sexual partner as having multiple concurrent partners increases the risk of HIV infection. Numerous studies have been conducted in other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa showing that polygamy was a risk factor for new HIV infections. However, it seems some cultural practices…

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How to Promote Menstrual Cups as an Economic and Sustainable Option

Researchers investigate consumers’ preferences on menstrual products and devise guidelines to bolster the adoption of menstrual cups in different countries. Although menstrual cups (MCs) are a sustainable alternative to sanitary napkins and tampons, their adoption remains quite limited for reasons that are not entirely clear. Now, in a recent study, an international research team sought to understand consumers’ preferences regarding menstrual products through online surveys. Their efforts reveal that the cost-effectiveness of MCs may be their strongest selling point, and that promotional strategies tailored to each country could make MCs…

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AMR Threatens SDGs Attainment In Africa

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By Michael Gwarisa The World Health Organisation (WHO) data shows that Africa remains heavily burdened with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) compared to all WHO Regions. Africa also has the highest mortality from AMR despite the region having the lowest prevalence of resistance. In 2015, after realising the need for urgent action to combat the growing scourge of AMR, the World Health Assembly adopted the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance. Over the years, AMR has been identified as a leading cause of treatment failure in several morbidities such as HIV tuberculosis…

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Zim population to grow by 6 million in 2042: Zimstat

By Kuda Pembere With population growth dependent on future fertility rates, mortality rates, and migration, basing on the 2022 Zimbabwe Population Census, the Zimbabwe Statistical Agency (ZimStat) projects the fertility rate amongst women will drop to 3.2 children per woman in 2042 compared to the 3.7 they found in 2022. This, ZimStat says is attributable to the increasing contraceptive use as well as the girl school attendance policy introduced to allow pregnant teenagers to continue school. The benchmark data for the projections is the 2022 Population and Housing Census. Based…

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Zimbabwe’s Mhuri/Imuli II and SHASHA Projects Get US$25 Million Jab

By Michael Gwarisa in Rusape The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched two projects with a combined value of US$25 Million in a bid to improve the lives of mothers, babies, and young women in Zimbabwe. The two projects, Mhuri Imuli II and the Sexual Health Services program (SHASHA) programs will be implemented over the next five years. The Mhuri/Imuli II is set to expand its geographic coverage and strengthen health services for mothers and babies to five provinces namely Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland South, and Mashonaland…

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PSH commemorates the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

By Kuda Pembere Population Solutions for Health (PSH) today joined the world in commemorating the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. At an event held at the Embassy of Sweden in Harare, youngsters from high school and some universities alongside other youths were commended for opening up on drug and substance abuse which the Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Per Lindgärde finds helpful in reducing further damage caused by this scourge. The commemoration comes at a time when PSH is spearheading a campaign dubbed The Strength…

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CAB-LA Enjoys High Continuity Rates Among PrEP Users In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa The recently introduced long-acting cabotegravir (CAB-LA) for HIV prevention has seen more users returning to get the second dose post their first jab, with data showing that the injectable drug has recorded a continuity rate over 90% since roll out in April, 2024. Currently, the Injectable PrEP is being administered in PrEP study sites in Harare, Mature and Bulawayo and is targeting mainly groups at high risk of HIV, namely Female Sex Workers (FSW), Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) and Men who have Sex with other…

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Calls to remove duty on sunscreen products grow louder

By Kudakwashe Pembere Calls to remove duty for the production and importation of sunscreen lotions are growing louder by the day at a time when persons living with albinism are having to fork out around US$20 for a tube. A person living with albinism requires four to five tubes per month which add to 125 ml. This emerged during an International Day of Albinism Awareness Day celebrations organized by the Albinism Empowerment Coalition (AEC) held recently in the capital. In an interview, Former Kambuzuma Legislator Willias Madzimure said manufacturers of…

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