NBSZ Holds World Blood Donor Day Awareness Clean-up

AS preparations for the World Blood Donor Day gather momentum, the National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) yesterday (10/05/2019) held a clean-up awareness day which was meant to raise awareness for the blood donor day to be held next month. By Michael Gwarisa The event was also a response to President Emerson Mnangagwa’s call where he set aside the first Friday of each calendar month as a National Clean-Up Day. Speaking at the clean-up day which was later followed by a blood donation session, Ministry of Health & Child Care…

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US Gvt Donates Additional US$600,000 To Cyclone Idai

THE United States Government’s (USG) has extended another US$600,000 towards Cyclone Idai, bringing the total amount of financial aid from America towards the disaster to US$3.1 Million, a USG official has confirmed. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing a discussion on Zimbabwe’s path to prosperity, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Brian Nichols said the American government was committed to assisting Zimbabwe through providing humanitarian assistance whenever the need arises. “The United States is continuing to support Zimbabwe in this difficult moment in the wake of Cyclone Idai. I would like to announce…

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CWGH Donates US$50k worth of goods to Cyclone Idai…Health Workers to benefit

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), has handed over US$50 000 worth of goods comprising of consumable and non-consumable items to the Cyclone Idai affected communities in Manicaland. By Michael Gwarisa A total of 100 households are set to benefit and these also include vulnerable members of society, healthcare workers and village or community health workers who were also affected by the cyclone. Speaking at the handover event, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said health workers were being side-lined in most donations despite the fact they were also…

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Urgent need to scale-up assistance to drought affected people

THE United Nations says even though the country was still reeling from the effects of the Cyclone Idai, there was need to increase support in drought hit affected areas around the country. HealthTimes Reporter The UN Zimbabwe team concluded a two-day field visit to UN supported relief efforts and development programmes in two districts in Masvingo Province. The team was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe Mr. Bishow Parajuli together with FAO Sub-Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa and Representative to Zimbabwe Mr Alain Onibon, UNDP Resident Representative Mr…

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NBSZ Ups Blood Collection Tempo

 THE National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ), has ramped up blood collection efforts as it aims to surpass its 2019 target of 108, 405 units. By Michael Gwarisa in Marondera The development comes at the back of indications that some provinces have of late been surpassing their monthly collection targets. In an interview with HealthTimes during the Mixed Gala in Marondera, NBSZ head planning and recruitment, Mr Tichaona Saira said they have activated Mixed blood Galas which cater for both sexes in most hard to reach areas in a bid…

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Parent To Child Communication Bridges SRHR Gap At Grassroots

ZIMBABWE has over the years been battling soaring cases of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV infections in adolescents among a host of other sexual reproductive health related issues. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Zvimba According to the National Adolescent Fertility Study (NAFS) of 2016 conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), adolescent pregnancies remain a major contributor to maternal and child mortality in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, the adolescent fertility…

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Come Get Your Testicles Scanned For Cancer Free of Charge

WESTEND Radiology  will on April, 26 2019 be conducting free testicular cancer screening services to men of all ages for free. The examination will include Scanning of testicles looking for masses or lumps. For bookings contact 0778200836 or 0242 702 516 or 0242 792137  or email westendradiology@gmail.com or visit the website http://www.westendradiology.co.zw

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Zim To Scale Up Communities Targeted TB Screening

THE Ministry of Health and Care (MoHCC) has set targets to expand targeted community screening for Tuberculosis (TB) in high risk areas, amidst indications that the national treatment coverage rate is still very low, currently at 71 percent against a national target of 90 percent. By Michael Gwarisa in Mangwe District Through a program dubbed Targeted Screening for Active TB among High Risk groups which is funded by The Global Fund and USAID Challenge TB and is being implemented by The Union and FACT, the initiative identifies priority districts every…

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HIV/TB Co-infection Drives TB Mortality In Matebeleland

MATEBELELAND province currently has the highest TB deaths standing at 19 percent as of 2018 owing to increased cases of HIV/TB co-infection, a health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa in Bulawayo In an interview on the side-lines of the World TB Day commemorations conference in Bulawayo which also marked the presentation of Zimbabwe’s first national TB patient cost survey which was done by the Ministry of health in collaboration with The Union through funding from USAID, Deputy Director Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of health, Dr Charles…

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Action Aid Brings Relief To Cyclone Idai Affected Women

ZIMBABWE’S humanitarian organisation, Action Aid has extended US$50,000 worth donations targeted at addressing women dignity issues in the Cyclone Idai ravaged Manicaland province. By Michael Gwarisa Commenting on the development, Action Aid country director, Joy Mabenge said it had come to their attention that the Cylone which hit the province about a week ago had deeply affected women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and livelihoods hence the donation. “Our signature is quite clear, we are promoting women led emergencies, we are promoting women rights emergency response and we have brought with us here…

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