Musasa One Stop Centre Assists 500 GBV Survivors

THE Hopley One Stop Centre being run by Musasa Project through support from the UNFPA and the ministry of Women Affairs, Community Development, has served a total 500 women and girls who experienced GBV and other forms of violence over the past 10 months. By Michael Gwarisa Hopley has a high incidence of GBV as well as other harmful practices such as Child Marriages and teenage pregnancies which are at 18% respectively while 70% of women in Hopley are mothers by age 24. Speaking during a visit to  centre by…

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Saving Lives and Livelihoods helping Africa fight COVID-19; One-shot at a time

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative, a $1.5 billion partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and the Africa CDC, is accelerating vaccination across the African continent. Considerable progress has been recorded across the four focus areas; purchase of vaccines for more than 65 million people, deployment of the vaccines across the continent, the development of a workforce that will manufacture vaccine in Africa and strengthening the capacity of the Africa CDC. So far, three countries have surpassed the 70% vaccination target; Seychelles (81.3%), Mauritius (76.6%0 and Rwanda (76.5%). Also, 10 countries…

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Number of COVID-19 orphans nears 150,000 in South Africa

UNICEF South Africa calls for a whole of society response to protect, nurture and care for the most vulnerable children. PRETORIA, 05 September 2022 – COVID-19 associated deaths have left nearly 150,000 children as orphans, according to latest data modelling from Imperial College London, as part of the Global Reference Group for Children Affected by COVID-19: Joint Estimates and Action. That number rises to 207,400 when including children who have lost their primary or secondary caregiver, such as a grandparent. The tragic figures reiterate the importance of a holistic and…

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#BREAKING: Zimbabwe Scraps Masks Wearing Mandate For Vaccinated Citizens

INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has announced that fully vaccinated citizens are no longer required to wear masks outdoors. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during a Post Cabinet Media Briefing, Sen Mutsvangwa said, “Those who have been fully vaccinated are no longer mandated to wear masks in outdoor public.” She however added that people need  carry their vaccination cards as evidence and they are are still required to wear masks indoors for example during indoor concerts etc, masks are mandatory. …More Details To Follow

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Zimbabwe Records 323 Adverse Reactions To COVID-19 Vaccines

A total 323 suspected COVID-19 Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI), had been reported to the Medicines Control of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) as of July, 8 2022. By Michael Gwarisa This is out of a cumulative total of 6.3 million 1st doses and 4.6 million 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccines that have been administered since the National Vaccination program was launched in February 2021. This translates to a rate of approximately 0.003% suspected adverse events (approximately 3 reactions for every 10 000 doses administered). 70% of these 323 AEFI reports were received…

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Millions of lives at risk as progress against AIDS falters

MONTREAL/GENEVA- New data from UNAIDS on the global HIV response reveals that during the last two years of COVID-19 and other global crises, progress against the HIV pandemic has faltered, resources have shrunk, and millions of lives are at risk as a result. The new report, In Danger, is being launched ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, Canada. Globally the number of new infections dropped only 3.6% between 2020 and 2021, the smallest annual decline in new HIV infections since 2016. Eastern Europe and central Asia, Middle East…

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25 Million Infants Missing Out On Lifesaving Vaccines

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF have sounded the alarm as new data shows global vaccination coverage continued to decline in 2021, with 25 million infants missing out on lifesaving vaccines The largest sustained decline in childhood vaccinations in approximately 30 years has been recorded in official data published today by WHO and UNICEF. The percentage of children who received three doses of the vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTP3) – a marker for immunization coverage within and across countries – fell 5 percentage points between 2019 and…

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PANGAEA ZIMBABWE AIDS TRUST appoints COVID-19 Prevention Champions To Curb Vaccine Hesitancy

PANGAEA Zimbabwe AIDS Trust (PZAT), has appointed a 15 member team drawn from various sectors to be COVID-19 Prevention champions in their different communities in a bid to promote vaccine literacy and advocate for the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in communities. By Michael Gwarisa The move comes in the midst of findings from a recent COVID-19 Rapid Assessment that was conducted by PZAT in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Child Care, which indicated that vaccine hesitancy and lack of trust in vaccines being administered in Zimbabwe were the major…

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CDC Moves Zimbabwe To Moderate COVID-19 Risk Category

THE United States Center For Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved Zimbabwe to the moderate risk destination for COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter The development comes after the CDC overhauled its ratings system for assessing Covid-19 risk for travelers in April this year. Under the new categories, the CDC has added four places to its list of “high” risk destinations for Covid-19, including St. Kitts and Nevis, part of the Leeward Islands east of Puerto Rico, which were placed on the Level 3 category on Monday. The Level 3 “high” risk…

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14.9 Excess Deaths Associated With The COVID-19 Pandemic In 2020-2021, Europe, America and South-East Asia Account For Majority Of Deaths

New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic (described as “excess mortality”) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million). “These sobering data not only point to the impact of the pandemic but also to the need for all countries to invest in more resilient health systems that can sustain essential health services during crises, including stronger health information systems,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO…

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