Empowered communities in Harare fighting cholera and typhoid

IN Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, recurring outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever are a pressing health concern. In many of the city’s suburbs, public water supply is unreliable, and leaking sewage pipes, pit latrines, and poor waste management contaminate the groundwater. Using innovative borehole technology and empowering communities to manage their own water points, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has developed a highly effective environmental health toolkit. A small, dimly lit entrance leads into the dozen rundown apartment blocks of Mbare flats in southern Harare. Satellite dishes and laundry lines clutter the…

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#TalkingAllergies With Prof E. Sibanda: All You Need To Know About Seasonal Allergies

DID you know that worldwide, the prevalence of allergic diseases are increasing especially in low and middle income countries, our Zimbabwe included. Not only are more allergies related cases being recorded but also the allergies are increasing in their complexity and severity especially in children and young adults. Allergic conditions range from life threatening asthma, food allergies, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, urticarial, eczema, eosinophilic disorders, including eosinophilic esophagitis, and drug and insect allergies. According to the World Allergies Organisation (WOA), globally, 300 million people suffer from asthma and about 200 to 250…

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NetOne Fights For Wetlands Preservation

MOBILE Network Operator, NetOne is complementing  government and other key players in coming up with workable strategies of sustainably managing the environment in particular wetlands. HealthTimes Correspondent Under its One Environment Corporate Social Investment pillars, NetOne  took time to appreciate efforts by various environmental awareness organisations that include EMA, Birdlife Society, Harare Wetlands Trust to educate students from over 40 schools on the importance of wetlands and biodiversity at a World Wetlands commemorations event that took place at Haka Game Park. Wetlands Day is celebrated every year in February to raise global awareness…

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Study Exposes Correlation Between Diesel Generator Fumes and Rise In Respiratory Diseases in Zim

ZIMBABWE has been battling long hours of load shedding and prolonged hours of darkness since early 2019.Most Zimbabweans have resorted to alternative energy sources such as Solar Panels, Gas for cooking and refrigeration, Kerosene, rechargeable lamps and generators. By Michael Gwarisa In as much switching to alternative energy sources is a welcome move, majority of the combustible sources could result in negative health implications. Diesel generators for example produce these small carbon like particles which if inhaled could pose some serious respiratory consequences. According to a study titled,”Health effects of…

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EMA Moves To Ban Diapers

  SOURCE: THE HERALD Disposable diapers could soon be banned for posing a serious hazard to the environment as they create enormous amounts of toxic trash that takes 500 years to decompose in landfills while their improper disposal allows excrement to be washed into rivers. While many Zimbabweans who have stopped using traditional washable cloth nappies are against the proposed ban, as they say disposables provide convenience and save on time, soap and water, the Environment Management Agency (EMA) is already lobbying Government to ban them. EMA argues that disposable…

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